Niterider Rebel 5.0 cycle computer review£89.99

Altimeter equipped

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Niterider are better known for lights, but this wireless computer adds altitude to the basics. It needs pairing with its speed sensor, but once that’s done, setup is simple, if slow. The rubber band mount works on stem or bar, but the way it twists into place can make it awkward to mount exactly where you want.

It’s quite a big, tall head unit too, although the barrel magnet and sensor unit are tidy. The big head means current speed, temperature, pace arrow and elapsed time are all constantly displayed with scrollable sub menus, including altimeter and temperature. There’s a backlight, and a cadence add-on for £19.99. The ‘power’ feature works off speed/climb rate/rider weight though, so it’s a vague approximation at best.

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: 45
  • 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 than 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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