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    Cadence Sensors for on MTB worth reading

    I have one of those Cyclecomputers , Garmin 500 Edge etc.

    I have the cadence sensor etc set up on my road bike.

    Now would it be worth the time to put a cadence sensor on my mountain bike for when doing races and trails etc.

    Considering when mountain biking the cadence level changes to much, with conditions of trails, would it be worth the time and expense to get that extra sensor?

    thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by CanadianBiker32 View Post
    I have one of those Cyclecomputers , Garmin 500 Edge etc.... Now would it be worth the time to put a cadence sensor on my mountain bike for when doing races and trails etc.
    The speed displayed on the Edge 500 screen will be more accurate using a speed/cadence sensor; having just the GPS leaves you with gaps when the satellite signal is lost through the trees.

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    An extra cadence sensor doesn't cost a lot but it's not going to make you race any faster as you are unlikely to be looking at it during the race. I'm not sure there's much useful information to be gleaned after the race that you wouldn't get from the Garmin on its own. Having slightly more accurate speed isn't important.

    I have speed/cad sensors on my road bikes but not my MTB. I don't think it's worth it and I'd be more concerned about that little arm getting mixed up in the spokes on the MTB.

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    I recently put one on my mtb for the reason of signal loss amongst others. Knocked the otherwise well secured magnet off my cranks in the first 00:30 minutes. Still have more accurate speed and distance info though. Distance is particularly nice if you're doing any poorly marked trails where you're looking for a particular spur at some point or performing some form of navigation. Otherwise, its mostly post ride curiousity.
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    Cadence not so much but wheel sensor helps accuracy over tortuous routes and improves auto-pause reliability at slower speeds. You could use a GSC10 and not bother with the pedal magnet or use some other ANT+ wheel sensor.

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