VDO M5 WL bike computer review£60.00

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VDO's M5 is a top quality, easy to use and expandable bike dashboard – not to mention one of the neatest and most modern looking computers we've tested. But it’s certainly not cheap.

The clear three-row, four-cell display keeps centreline speed and subsidiary info clearly visible and there’s a backlight too. Back-and-forth scrolling makes set-up and accurate use easy, and the digital speed sensor gives trouble-free communication. The big battery means a long run life and it’s got a two-year warranty. Adding a cadence sensor and/or HR belt releases its full ride recording and training partner potential. The handy ‘Navigator’ feature counts down (or up) between waypoints if you’re using a route guide too, but you’re definitely paying for the premium quality and VDO’s impressive reliability record.

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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