Cateye Strada computer review£49.99

Super-light but unreliable

BikeRadar score3/5

This super-light micro computer offers an essential info unit in loads of colours – but it may need tweaking to be totally reliable. The tiny head unit fits onto a neat dual direction mount secured with a tool-free jubilee clip band that’ll fit round bars or stems. 

Users of flatter bars or oversize stems will need an optional adaptor (£3/US$2), and if you want to mount the sensor at the rear of the bike for turbo trainer use, you'll need to go for the £79.99 cadence-equipped version.

Despite its tiny size, it’s clear to read, with the speed/double-decimal-point distance/time sub display also visible underneath. Modes change by pressing the whole head, making it easy to use, however thick your gloves or numb your hands. It comes in black, green, pink, red/white, red, white or yellow. 

Our two samples lost speed/distance signal regularly on rougher roads. However, feedback from other users suggests tweaking the battery contacts or isolating mount rattle with a bit of foam can solve the problem making it a sound – if not flawless – choice for fans of minimalism.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 44
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster tfhan the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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