Mavic’s Wintech USB computers plug straight into your PC so you can download information easily and analyse and store it with the supplied software.
There are four models in the wireless range, starting at £70, and they all give your current, max and average speeds, and come with a stopwatch and intermediary timers.
You have to buy the speed sensor separately, though, from a choice of three in the Mavic lineup – the fork sensor, for example, costs £25. And if you want to measure cadence, you need to buy that sensor separately too (£32).
This Alti model has various different altitude functions, including gradient, climbing speed and the total ascent over your ride. The HR version (£125) measures heart rate but loses the altitude functions, while the Ultimate (£175) gives you both.
The three-line display is really easy to read and navigation is simple because Mavic have kept the amount of info to a manageable level. Their thought is that most people only use a certain amount of data, so it’s stuck to the most valuable stuff.
We didn’t suffer any interference to the 2.4GHz wireless signal during testing, and swapping the computer to a different bike is simple – it automatically recognises up to three speed sensors.
After your ride, slot the computer into your PC – the USB plug is integrated in the housing – and transfer everything to the Wintech Manager program where you can analyse your progress. You can add your own comments as well.
If you really love training stats, Mavic’s approach might not be for you, but for user-friendliness the Wintech USBs will win plenty of fans.