CatEye Padrone cycle computer - in brief review£49.99

User-friendly big screen, but limited features and data

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The CatEye Padrone is big on screen size but low on features, and setting it up is a bit frustrating too.

It doesn't have GPS functionality, but does have a large screen, with a massive speed digit and a subsidiary line that’s still bigger than most cycle computers' main displays.

The Jubilee clip style mount means it's easy to fit the Padrone onto frames, bars and stems, and you press the whole unit, not a single button, which all makes it very easy to see and use on the bike. There’s no backlight though and the seven features only deliver bare-minimum data.

Even though it doesn't have that many steps, the setup process is a patience-testing, back-button-push-and-hold rigmarole that kept chucking us out of the loop when we were part-way through. While the head unit clicks into the mount super-securely it’s incredibly hard to remove from the bike when it's new.

This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

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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