My son wants a speedometer for his mountain bike for his birthday. I have no clue about what's available and what really works. Any suggestions and advice would be greatly appreciated.
I have a Cateye Astrale 8 which includes a cadence sensor on my roadbike which I like. Used to have Specialized brand one but it didn't have cadence so I switched out (already promised it to someone or I'd send it to you, sorry!) and I can't remember the brand of the one on my mountain bike (haven't ridden it for quite some time). There are a number of different functions available including speed, miles, time, laps, cadence and probably more that I can't think of. Trek has some new ones out that look pretty snazzy I noticed the other day at my LBS (must resist!)
I'm not going to give a specific recommendation, but I'd look for a wireless computer and I'd want to make sure that it will mount solidly on the fork. You don't want one that keeps getting misaligned. That's one thing that's really cool about the Mavic Wintec unit, the sensor is built into the skewer handle, so you know it's not going anywhere.
You don't need to spend anywhere near $100 to get a good bike computer. In fact, you can find a lot of excellent options in the $50 or less range.
There are lots of good review sites where you can gather information on bike computers and read user comments, ratings, and prices. Take a look at www.mtbr.com/cat/accessories/computer/PLS_114crx.aspx for user ratings on almost 200 bike computers. Personally, I use a VDO C1 (wired) computer myself. It's very easy to use, intuitive, has a large display, and is very reliable... all at a very good price (I think I paid around $30, if I recall), but there are lots of good options out there.
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I haven't found a wireless yet that I have been 100% satisfied with. My daughter had tried a top of the line Trek (hated it), My wife had a Cateye V3 (sensor came loose and fell off the bike and was run over) and I had a blackburn (computer kept rattling out of the mount). All three had problems at one time or another syncing up with the sensors.
You can't go wrong with a wired cateye. They are relatively cheap and bomb proof. Like COskigirl, I have an Astrale 8 that simply works all of the time in all conditions.
Not only are wireless more problematic and more expensive than wired computers, they can often interfere with a wireless heart rate monitor if you use both (unless, of course, the HR monitor is integrated into the computer and thus part of the system). Better to keep it simple and reliable for your son.
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Make sure to check out chainlove.com and bonktown.com. They usually put up about 5 computers a week between the two of them. Just set up an Internet Explorer or Firefox plugin, and you're good to go! You'll find normally prohibitively expensive computers popping up for $25-$35. I picked up a basic Ciclosport for my road bike last summer, and it's been handling everything pretty well so far. Bike Nashbar at nashbar.com usually has some good deals, too.
+1! My 15 and 25's are still going strong after 8 years of beatings and crashes.