Knog NERD 12 cycle computer - in brief review£63.99

Quirky computing option

BikeRadar score2.5/5

Knog’s most function-rich NERD is expensive for the amount of data delivered, but its easy operation and unique looks will find fans. It uses Knog's signature ‘hard device inside coloured silicone skin’ design for both the head unit and wireless fork sensor, which can quickly look grubby.

The head can be rotated to work on your bar or stem, and shifting modes by pressing the whole unit rather than fumbling for a button is perfect for cold hands or rough trails. The two-line display uses big, chunky digits and set-up is simple and intuitive. But the bulged fish-eye effect and slow-scrolling speed display numbers are as love/hate as the overall looks. Considering the data both this and the cheaper NERD 9 deliver, you’re definitely paying a premium for the quirky design.

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: 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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