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Reviews VDO X1DW


Setting up and using the X1 DW is as easy as any wireless bike computer. But, judging by the process outlined in the two instruction booklets, you might think it was actually some sort of aptitude test.

First you must work out what each of the four buttons on the main unit – up, down, menu and clear – does. Sounds simple enough, doesn’t it? However, not only can you not tell which is up and which is down, but you also confirm choices with the menu button, and return to previous menus by pressing clear. Admittedly it isn’t like trying to crack the Enigma code but it makes for a puzzling few minutes. After that, though, it’s plain sailing.

The display is big and clear, and you get all the speed (current, average, max), time and distance (trip and total) data you need. You also have the option of adding a cadence meter (sold separately), but no heart rate monitor.

Contact : Fisher Outdoor 01727 798345 www.fisheroutdoor.co.uk

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Matt is a regular contributor to 220 Triathlon, having joined the magazine in 2008. He’s raced everything from super-sprint to Ironman, duathlons and off-road triathlons, and can regularly be seen on the roads and trails around Bristol. Matt is the author of Triathlon! from Aurum Press and is now the editor of Cycling Plus magazine.

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