PRO Scio Alti - First look

Wireless computer for climbing enthusiasts

There's no shortage of cycle computers in the market, but those aimed specifically at climbers are thinner on the ground.

With functions including current and average gradient, total uphill and downhill distance and altitude, climbers are exactly the group that PRO are aiming their Scio Alti at. It costs £89.99, so could legitimately be called a budget option when compared with its rivals. But it packs an awful lot of features into one package.

It has 21 functions in all. On top of those listed above, the wireless, 38g device displays current, maximum and average speed, total distance and temperature, and has a back light and auto stop/start.

On the 1.7in monochrome LCD display the top and middle rows are reserved for current altitude and speed, while the bottom is customisable. Each of the other data fields can only be displayed one at a time, chosen by clicking one of two buttons.

The Scio Alti can be attached to a stem using a mount and elasticated straps similar to those on Garmin's current design. The wireless sensor is attached to the fork, where it picks up information from a spoke-mounted chip and relays it back to the computer. Power comes from a circular CR2032 battery, which switches to standby automatically after 15 minutes of inactivity.

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The sensor clips onto the fork and sends data to the computer wirelessly

The computer comes in two colours – black and white. The same goes for the regular Scio (£59.99), which includes all the functions of the Alti but not the altitude and gradient measurements. 

After early cycling flirtations with the Tour de France on childhood holidays, John Whitney fell for it hook, line and sinker in his mid-20s as an escape from the more sedate sports of his youth. As a classically trained news reporter, he snagged his dream job as a cycling writer straight out of college and is now fully immersed in the industry and wouldn't have it any other way.
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