Skips the satellite for simplicity and reliability.
It's true that the "old school" onboard cycling computer is facing an uphill battle against ever-trickier technological foe, such as smartphone-based training apps or GPS-linked units derived from automobile navigation products. Use some of these space-age systems, however, and you may notice their consistent inconsistency. Being dependent on satellites out in space makes it especially tricky to reliably track exact position, which can lead to sometimes screwy numbers, particularly if you ride around lots of tall buildings or in highly topographically diverse areas. That's why we love simple, Earth-bound systems like the CatEye Strada Slim Wireless Cycling Computer. It's simple, precise, and reliable to a NASA-rivaling degree.
The Strada Slim builds on the legacy of the massively popular CatEye Strada computer, whose previous generation saw multiple permutations. The Slim carries over all of the features of the classic Strada, only in a new, sleek design that increases screen size by 23% while reducing chassis size by 35%. Both numbers are notable: the former, given that a larger screen helps you read the data you need quickly, which is nice when you're bombing a descent at 40+ mph, and the latter, because a cleaner profile and lighter design is something any rider appreciates of something they're going to bolt to their prized road machine. There's also a 47% thinner fork-mounted sensor that can now be mounted inside the fork blades, making it nearly invisible.
The Strada Slim's features do indeed stack up to its more advanced rivals, too. The heart rate monitor (strap sold separately) is a vital training tool, of course, and while the Slim doesn't offer a cadence feature, everything else is there. Individual ride distance, and well as total ridden, are tracked by the odometer feature. You can evaluate your current speed as well as average speed and maximum speed on your last ride. Both 12- and 24-hour clock modes are possible, too, but what's not is for your Slim's wireless computer to begin mixing signals with other systems in the group. That's because the Slim communicates with its wireless sensor across 30 different identification channels, each of which must register with the head unit for the signal to be recognized as the appropriate one. In other words, fear not for your Slim to read data from anyone else's bike — it's yours and yours alone.
The CatEye Strada Slim Wireless Cycling Computer requires one CR2032 lithium battery (included) and mounts with the company's tool-free FlexTight mounting bracket. It's available in the colors Matte Black, Silver, Red, and White.
- Heart-rate monitor (strap sold separately)
- Ride distance, total distance
- Current speed, average speed, maximum speed
- 12- and 24-hour clock
- Tool-free Flextight mounting bracket
- Requires one CR2032 lithium battery (included)
View more Cycling Computers
Reviews & Community
Pretty Cool Little Computer
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I only have initial impressions to offer since this is a very recent purchase, but this is a pretty cool little computer. I ultimately selected this style by CatEye because it offers all of the functions I am looking for. The screen is small, yet easy to read and the functions are simple to cycle through. Mounting took a little while, however once installed it seems to be working well. Only time will tell, however I think this will be perfect for what I need on my road bike and is a huge upgrade from the older wired version.
Works fine but for mountain bikes
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Easy to set up and functionality is solid. All the data is easy to read while riding and scrolling through the screens is at the push of a button. I bought for unit for use on a mountain bike but would not recommend it for this set up. The fork mount is designed to stick to the inside of your fork and I had to add quite a few felt pads in order to get the mount close enough to the spokes to read the sensor at the correct wheel size. You could mount the sensor at the bottom of the fork but the wheel size would not be accurate. Probably a fine unit for a road bike though.