Top Bike Computers: Which bike computers are recommended by Bike Computer Reviews as the best computers for cyclists?

  1. Garmin Edge 500 Bicycle GPS UnitBike computer reviews for Garmin Edge 500
  2. SIGMA BC1606L 16-Function Wired Bike ComputerBike computer reviews for Sigma BC1606L
  3. Cateye CC-RD300W Strada Wireless Bike ComputerBike computer reviews for Cateye CC-RD300W
  4. SIGMA BC906 9-Function Wired Bike Computer

Garmin Edge Bicycle GPS Unit

Sharpen your cycling performance with Edge 500, a lightweight GPS-based cycling computer for performance-driven cyclists. Loaded with data, Edge 500 tracks your distance, speed, location and elevation with high sensitivity GPS.   Read more!

SIGMA BC1606L 16-Function Wired Bike Computer

Sigma's BC 1606L is the top model for the most demanding of riders, even at night. The BC 1606L succeeds in this not only by providing a better overview of the essential information during a ride by hiding the total accumulated functions...   Read more!

CatEye Bike Computer Reviews Spring 2013

For 2013, the CatEye bike computer lineup includes five new wireless models, the Stealth 50 (CC-GL50), the Stealth 10 (CC-GL10) the Strada Digital Wireless (CC-RD430DW), the Strada Digital Wireless (CC-RD410DW) and the Strada Slim (CC-RD310W).

Older wireless bike computer models that are still being manufactured include the Adventure (CC-AT200W), the Micro Wireless (CC-MC200W), the CatEye Fit (CC-PD100W), the Commuter (CC-COM10W), the Strada Digital Wireless (CC-RD420DW), the Strada Double Wireless (CC-RD400DW), the Strada Wireless (CC-RD300W), and the Urban Wireless (CC-VT220W).

Wired bike computer models still in production include the Strada Cadence (CC-RD200), the Enduro (CC-ED400), the Velo 9 (CC-VL820), and the Velo 7 (CC-VL520).

CatEye lists 8 bike computer models as “Archived Products,” including the V3 (CC-TR300TW), the V2c (CC-TR200DW), the Strada (CC-RD100N), the Micro Wireless (CC-MC100W), the Vectra Wireless (CC-VT100W), the Enduro 8 (CC-ED300), the Velo 8 (CC-VL810), and the Velo 5 (CC-VL510).

Several of these models are so new that they do not yet have any reviews, so the review-less bike computers are listed in a table near the end of this post. The following review analysis is focused only on the devices that actually have reviews. Here’s how the CatEye bike computers stack up against one another:

Review Quadrant Analysis – CatEye Bike Computers

CatEye Bike Computer Reviews Compared

CatEye Bike Computers
Most Recommended with Most Reviews
Micro Wireless
(MC100W)
More Info / Read Reviews / Buy >

First, in the upper-right quadrant, representing “Most Recommended with Most Reviews“, sits the lone CatEye Micro Wireless (CC-MC100W) bike computer.

CatEye Bike Computers
Most Recommended with Least Reviews
Strada Digital Wireless
(RD410DW)
More Info / Read Reviews / Buy >

Next, in the upper-right quadrant representing the “Most Recommended with Least Reviews” category is the Strada Digital Wireless (RD410DW).

CatEye Bike Computers
Least Recommended with Most Reviews
Strada Wireless
(RD300W)
More Info / Read Reviews / Buy >
Strada Double Wireless
(RD400DW)
More Info / Read Reviews / Buy >
Strada Cadence
(RD200)
More Info / Read Reviews / Buy >
Velo 5
(VL520)
More Info / Read Reviews / Buy >
V3
(TR300TW)
More Info / Read Reviews / Buy >
Enduro 8
(ED300)
More Info / Read Reviews / Buy >
Velo 8
(VL810)
More Info / Read Reviews / Buy >

Third, in the lower-right quadrant we find the “Least Recommended with Most Reviews” category, where we find the Strada Wireless (RD300W), Strada Double Wireless (RD400DW), Strada Cadence (RD200), Velo 5 (VL520), V3 (TR300TW), Enduro 8 (ED300), and the Velo 8 (VL810).

CatEye Bike Computers
Least Recommended with Least Reviews
Commuter
(COM10W)
More Info / Read Reviews / Buy >
Micro Wireless
(MC200W)
More Info / Read Reviews / Buy >
Urban Wireless
(VT220W)
More Info / Read Reviews / Buy >
Adventure
(AT200W)
More Info / Read Reviews / Buy >
V2c
(TR200DW)
More Info / Read Reviews / Buy >
Vectra Wireless
(VT100W)
More Info / Read Reviews / Buy >
Velo 7
(VL520)
More Info / Read Reviews / Buy >
Velo 9
(VL820)
More Info / Read Reviews / Buy >
Enduro
(ED400)
More Info / Read Reviews / Buy >
Strada Digital Wireless
(RD420DW)
More Info / Read Reviews / Buy >

Fourth, in the lower-left “Least Recommended with Least Reviews” quadrant falls the Commuter (COM10W), Micro Wireless (MC200W), Urban Wireless (VT220W), Adventure (AT200W), V2c (TR200DW), Vectra Wireless (VT100W), Velo 7 (VL520), Velo 9 (VL820), Enduro (ED400), and the Strada Digital Wireless (RD420DW).

CatEye Bike Computers
No Reviews
Stealth 50
(GL50)
More Info / Read Reviews / Buy >
Stealth 10
(GL10)
More Info / Read Reviews / Buy >
Fit
(PD100W)
More Info / Read Reviews / Buy >
Strada Digital Wireless
(RD430DW)
More Info / Read Reviews / Buy >
Strada Slim
(RD310W)
More Info / Read Reviews / Buy >
Strada
(RD100N)
More Info / Read Reviews / Buy >

Last but not least, we have the CatEye bike computers without any reviews. These devices include the Stealth 50 (GL50), Stealth 10 (GL10), Fit (PD100W), Strada Digital Wireless (RD430DW), and Strada Slim (RD310W), Strada (RD100N).

Overall Reviews – CatEye Bike Computers

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Sigma Bike Computer Reviews Spring 2013

For 2013, Sigma is still listing the majority of their bike computers, including the *.12 line (including the 5.12, 8.12, 12.12, 14.12, and the 16.12) as well as the *09 line (509, 1009, 1609, and 1909) in several different configurations and capabilities. They are also no longer making available the Rox 8.0 and Rox 9.0, instead delivering their updated 8.1 and 9.1 models. All the models listed in this post are available through the major retailers still, including the *06 line (906, 1106, 1606, and 1706).

A lot of these models are so new that they do not yet have any reviews, so the reviewless bike computers are listed in a table near the end of this post. The following review analysis is focused only on the devices that actually have reviews. Here’s how the Sigma bike computers stack up against one another:

Review Quadrant Analysis – Sigma Bike Computers

Sigma Bike Computer Reviews Compared

Sigma Bike Computers
Most Recommended with Most Reviews
BC 1009 More Info / Read Reviews / Buy >
BC 906 More Info / Read Reviews / Buy >
BC 509 More Info / Read Reviews / Buy >

First, in the upper-right quadrant, representing “Most Recommended with Most Reviews“, are the BC 1009, BC 906, and BC 509. These are all lower-end computers in Sigma’s line, but according to the reviews represent a very good value and would be a good choice for most cyclists based solely on how other cyclists felt about them.

Sigma Bike Computers
Least Recommended with Most Reviews
BC 1609 More Info / Read Reviews / Buy >
BC 1606L More Info / Read Reviews / Buy >
BC 2209 MHR More Info / Read Reviews / Buy >
BC 1909 HR More Info / Read Reviews / Buy >
BC 1009 STS More Info / Read Reviews / Buy >

Secondly, in the lower-right quadrant we find the “Least Recommended with Most Reviews” category, where we find the BC 1609, BC1606L, BC 2209 MHR, BC 1909 HR, and the BC 1990 STS. These bike computers have many reviews, but their averages are far below the computers in the quadrant above them.

Sigma Bike Computers
Least Recommended with Least Reviews
Rox 8.0 More Info / Read Reviews / Buy >
BC 1706 HR DTS More Info / Read Reviews / Buy >
Rox 9.0 More Info / Read Reviews / Buy >
BC 1106 DTS More Info / Read Reviews / Buy >
BC 2006 MHR More Info / Read Reviews / Buy >

Third, in the lower-left “Least Recommended with Least Reviews” quadrant falls the Rox 8.0, BC 1706 HR DTS, Rox 9.0, BC 1106 DTS, and the BC 2006 MHR. These bike computers all have reviews, but significantly fewer than the ones in the other quadrants.

Sigma Bike Computers
No Reviews
Rox 9.1 More Info / Read Reviews / Buy >
Rox 8.1 More Info / Read Reviews / Buy >
BC 16.12 STS + Cadence More Info / Read Reviews / Buy >
BC 12.12 STS More Info / Read Reviews / Buy >
BC 16.12 More Info / Read Reviews / Buy >
BC 14.12 ALTI More Info / Read Reviews / Buy >
BC 12.12 More Info / Read Reviews / Buy >
BC 8.12 ATS More Info / Read Reviews / Buy >
BC 8.12 More Info / Read Reviews / Buy >
BC 5.12 More Info / Read Reviews / Buy >
BC 2209 TARGA More Info / Read Reviews / Buy >
BC 1609 STS + Cadence More Info / Read Reviews / Buy >
BC 1609 STS More Info / Read Reviews / Buy >

Last but not least, we have the Sigma bike computers without any reviews. These devices include the Rox 9.1, Rox 8.1, BC 16.12 STS + Cadence, BC 12.12 STS, BC 16.12, BC 14.12 ALTI, BC 12.12, BC 8.12 ATS, BC 8.12, BC 5.12, BC 2209 TARGA, BC 1609 STS + Cadence, and the BC 1609 STS. Some of these bike computers are very new, and thus just haven’t been reviewed yet, but several others have been on the market for some time. If you have one of these bike computers, please let us know what you think by responding to this post. We’d like to know your experiences with them.

Overall Reviews – Sigma Bike Computers

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Garmin Bike Computer Reviews Spring 2013

For 2013, Garmin has 5 models of bike computers out on the market – the Edge 810, Edge 800, Edge 510, Edge 500, and the Edge 200. According the the data gurus at Dynamite Analytics, these five bike computers fall into each of the four quadrants on their “Review Quadrant Analysis”.

Review Quadrant Analysis – Garmin Bike Computers

Garmin Bike Computer Reviews Compared

Garmin Bike Computers
Most Recommended with Most Reviews
Edge 500 More Info/Read Reviews/Buy >
Edge 200 More Info/Read Reviews/Buy >

First, in the upper-right quadrant, representing “Most Recommended with Most Reviews“, land the Edge 500 and the Edge 200. Representing the lower end of the Garmin bike computers line, these fine devices have all the features most cyclists need for training and racing.

Garmin Bike Computers
Most Recommended with Least Reviews
Edge 510 More Info/Read Reviews/Buy >

Next, in the upper-right quadrant representing the “Most Recommended with Least Reviews” category is the Edge 510. This bike computer is new for 2013, and lack of reviews have landed it in this category, although the one it does have is a 5.

Garmin Bike Computers
Least Recommended with Most Reviews
Edge 800 More Info/Read Reviews/Buy >

Third, in the lower-right quadrant we find the “Least Recommended with Most Reviews” category, whose sole resident is the Edge 800. We’re really disappointed in this ranking because we had high hopes for this device.

Garmin Bike Computers
Least Recommended with Least Reviews
Edge 810 More Info/Read Reviews/Buy >

Last but not least, rounding out the lower-left “Least Recommended with Least Reviews” quadrant falls the Edge 810. As a top of the line computer, this is rare to see, but the ranking may be as simple as the high price tag on this device has prevented it from being purchased and hence reviewed.

Overall Reviews – Garmin Bike Computers

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iBike Dash Deluxe Cycling Computer for iPhone

Overall Rating: ★★★☆☆

Well, leave it to iBike to invade the last part of your life that has so far been immune to your phone. According to Wired (in their product review in which they ranked it a 7):

Short of bolting a sidecar to your bike, iBike’s Dash CC Deluxe cycling computer is as close as you can get to taking a personal navigator along for a ride.

Much like texting and driving, is too much display dangerous for cyclists? The review goes on to say

It’s also easy to stare at the thing for too long. I almost drifted into traffic on more than one occasion when mesmerized by the screen in front of me. Keep those eyes up, cowboy. However, that’s also one of the Dash’s stronger suits: Your iPhone screen is huge compared to most bike computers, and that big color display makes glancing down at your current stats when you’re cranking on your bike a lot easier.

And with GPS and Google Earth, you’re sure to have all the data you could ever want.

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Overall Rating: ★★★★½

Make the most of every ride with Edge 800–the first touchscreen GPS bike computer. Providing navigation and performance monitoring, Edge 800 is ideal for touring, commuting, competitive cycling and mountain biking. It has a built-in basemap and tracks your distance, speed, location and ascent/descent. Use it the included heart rate monitor and speed/cadence sensor for a finely tuned analysis of your ride.

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This version of the Edge 800 is decorated in blue trim, and includes a premium heart rate monitor and a speed/cadence sensor, enabling you to gather more training data for analysis or sharing. To expand upon the basemap, it also includes a microSD card preloaded with City Navigator for U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico street maps.

The Edge 800 is also available on its own, with white trim.

We designed this display to be rugged enough to stand up to the elements, yet sensitive enough to respond to the tap of your gloved hand. Switch training pages or pan and zoom the map with just a tap. The bright, sunlight-readable color display is easy to view in all lighting conditions. Just don’t let its good looks fool you–Edge 800 is waterproof to IPX7 standards and can withstand hard knocks and scrapes it might endure in mountain biking environments.

The aerodynamic Edge 800 has a carbon fiber look with either blue or white accents and attaches to the stem or handlebar of your bike with the low-profile mount. A quarter-turn mount design holds unit securely and lets you easily swap it between bikes using removable, reusable bands.

Whether your bike is a means of transportation or escape, having maps at your fingertips makes every journey easier and more fun. Edge 800 comes with a built-in basemap that shows major roads and cities, plus it’s compatible with our microSD cards packed with either street or topo maps. Select a destination and Edge 800 provides turn-by-turn navigation prompts on screen.

Edge 800 can also guide you along routes recorded by other cyclists. Explore our Garmin Connect site and choose from millions of rides uploaded by other users. Any activities you upload to your Edge 800 are stored as courses. You can follow the course with navigation prompts or, for a little competition, race it and try to beat previously set goals. You can also use Garmin’s free BaseCamp software or other applications to create a route, view elevation changes and other data, and then upload to Edge.

Edge 800 records your every move with a high-sensitivity GPS receiver that stays locked on, even under tree cover. The receiver features HotFix satellite prediction to calculate your position faster, plus it has automatic time zone adjustment.

Edge 800 tracks a bunch of data from your ride and lets you customize up to three training pages so you can see as much or as little data as you want. The barometric altimeter provides extra-precise climb and descent data and records temperature changes.

If you’re a performance cyclist, you can pair Edge 800 with a third-party ANT+ enabled power meter to display your power output in watts as you ride. This valuable data shows you how hard you’re working, regardless of conditions affecting your ride, so you can train smarter. Some versions of Edge 800 also come with a speed/cadence sensor and heart rate monitor.

Need a little motivation to push your performance? See how you measure up to the Virtual Partner–a digital depiction of your goal speed vs. your speed in real-time. Other training features include detailed workout planning, Auto Pause, Auto Lap and Courses, which helps you compare successive rides over the same route.

You logged the miles, now it’s time to review, replay and share your ride. Just upload your data to Garmin Connect, our website for free data analysis and sharing. You can upload from your PC or Mac using the included USB cable. At Garmin Connect, you can see the route you traveled on a map, view a summary of your ride, create goals, share it with others and much more.

Edge 800 (Blue Trim); Premium Heart Rate Monitor; Speed/Cadence Sensor; Data Card Preloaded With City Navigator for U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico Street Maps; Bike Mount; AC Charger; USB Cable; Quick Start Manual

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