Approved by Belkin.
While Pioneer's large, glossy LCD Color SGX-CA900 Cycle-Computer is one of the best options available for tracking your metrics, Belkin team riders wanted something a little smaller for racing. Their request was answered by Pioneer's developers, who created the new SGX-CA500 Touchscreen Cycle-Computer. And while it loses the color screen and some additional memory and features, it gains WiFi communication and a smaller footprint.
Pioneer developed the computer, like its big brother, to display all of you metrics in an easy-to-read and operate system. The unit seamlessly pairs with its power meter package, giving you instant feedback at your cockpit in terms of power output, pedaling efficiency, and many other essential metrics.
The Cycle-Computer is part of Pioneer's new Pedal Monitoring System, which displays power output for each leg, independently, as well as where that power is being applied. These metrics are displayed graphically on the screen, with arrows indicating contributing torque, and other arrows indicating losses. The reason Pioneers does this is fairly straightforward — even if the total power is high, if the first set of arrows are large, some of the rider's power is being wasted. Conversely, even if the total power is low, many secondary arrows show pedaling is effective, and little power is being wasted. This gives you an exact visual representation of how effective your pedaling is, in a real-time, out-in-front format.
Pioneer included six preconfigured screens, each featuring preset screens that display a range of one to nine metrics at a time. You're able to turn individual screens on and off, as well as being able to customize the screens to your liking. And, like a smartphone, simply swipe left or right to move to the next screen, and tap the box for any metric to make it expand. This operation sequence makes it simple to navigate while on the road, which also bypasses the multiple menu screens that so many computers are plagued with.
After the ride you're able to upload your log data to Pioneer's cloud-based Cyclo-Sphere website using the built-in WiFi feature, which is an online training center that lets you analyze left and right side pedaling efficiency, power, and force vectors, among other types of data displayed in easy-to-understand graphs and numerical displays.
The Pioneer Color Touchscreen Cycle-Computer is ANT+ compatible, has a built-in GPS receiver, and it comes with a handlebar bracket, Micro USB cable, safety strap, and user manual. The unit has a claimed weight of 75 grams, excluding the bracket, and it comes with a 2-year warranty.
- Pioneer’s Pedal Monitoring System
- Features six preconfigured screens that can be customized
- Touchscreen interface
- Built-in Wi-Fi
- Log your stats to Pioneer’s Cycle-Sphere website
- Built-in GPS
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Reviews & Community
touch screen stinks, menus are horrible
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I love the idea of having individual leg power monitoring (and location of power during rotation), but this head-unit is clunky at best and the touchscreen menus are really difficult to use. resolution of the screen is below average as well. i didn't put it through the wringer, so can't comment on durability, I just didn't like the menu structure or the touchscreen. I'm sticking with my Wahoo Elemnt & Bolt
Don't buy without a Pioneer PM
If you don't have a Pioneer Power Meter to make use of the additional information that this head unit would show, I really don't recommend picking this up. The menu system is clunky, it has some of the worst GPS data I've ever seen (worse than a Garmin Edge 500, which is old enough to attend Elementary school), and is priced higher than the competition.
BUT, if you do have Pioneer PM, it's sorta cool cause it shows you where you put your power down in the pedal stroke. Which is cool if you like that sort of thing.
This head unit is hard to read, seldom syncs, rattles like crazy on the post, and not very intuitive when trying to use it. I have attempted to use it several times and even chatted with support a few times about it to try and make it work. It has spent most of its time now in a drawer due to frustration. So much for getting the full features from the pioneer powermeter crankset!
held up perfectly for 2 years
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I've put a few miles on now with this unit through all types of weather as well. The computer has never let me down, the only thing is that I tend to leave it on and the battery runs down. Charging is easy and lasts me about a week of daily riding. Ideally you put it with the Pioneer cranks and you get an awesome dashboard of information particularly true L and R foot power with where in your pedal stroke the power is coming from. It will work with most other power sources as well.
Great unit; with or without their meter!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I have had this unit for about 6 months; and only for the last week have I been able to use it to its full potential, with Pioneer's power meter. Previously, I had been using it to display heart rate, cadence, speed, and all related metrics; I was very satisfied with these features, and have been more impressed with its reliability than the Garmin units I have owned previously.
Even if you don't have a power meter, but are looking for a full-featured computer, this is worth your consideration.
If you are getting a Pioneer power meter, the CA500 is a no-brainer.
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I see that this has B&W and a bit smaller screen compared to the 900 with larger higher resolution color screen and larger head unit, but curious how they compare for non back lighted visibility in daylight/bright sun. The features otherwise appear to be the same, is this correct?
Is this compatible with Stages Power meter?
The Pioneer cycling computers will work with any ANT+ compatible power meter; Stages included.
It can only display the information that the power meter is transmitting, so you will not get the same level of data from the Stages as you would from one of the Pioneer systems.
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Can I use the Pioneer computer in conjunction Power2Max power meter?
In theory, you can use any ANT+ device together so it should work, but this computer records so much more information than the Power2max from the cranks I'm not sure what the display would look like missing all that data. Pioneer cranks put out something like 290 data points compared to 10 or so in most.
This headunit has GPS capability to monitor...
This headunit has GPS capability to monitor speed and distance? Also it is ANT+ so can be used with the garmin speed and cadence sensor?
Yes and yes.
While no HR monitor is included, does it...
While no HR monitor is included, does it support any ANT+ HR monitor?
Yes, it does.