CatEye Astrale Computers

3.66/5 (38 Reviews)
MSRP : $29.99

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Cateye Astrale

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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by timtak a Triathlete

Date Reviewed: August 27, 2010

Strengths:    Does all you neeed for very little money. Mounts on back wheel for training.

Weaknesses:    Top and bottom of case are glued together.

Bottom Line:   
Classic cheap cycle computer that did all I need (except perhaps a backlight).

Worked well then became flaky. See (1) for a solution.

There are three problems
1)The top and bottom of the case are glued together. When the unit gets old/bumped the top and bottom seperate slightly so the electronics inside no longer touch the contacts. SOLUTION: crack open the case along the seam and re-glue using epoxy (A & B type-mix) glue putting the unit in a vice while setting.

I bet there are a lot of old Astrale computers hanging around that could be mended in this way.

2) Unit to contacts. Make sure contacts are clean. Purchase an Astrale 8 harness if you can get your hands on one.

3) The wires. Same with any other wired computer. I soldered and mended my wires. Try insulating tape to protect wires from clips and make sure there is enough wire at the handle end so that you are not pulling on the wires when you turn!

Compatible with newer Astrale 8 which can still be purchased second hand and the harnesses are compatible.

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Favorite Ride:   Yamaguchi University to Aio

Price Paid:    $10.00

Purchased At:   yahoo auctions Japan

Similar Products Used:   Other cateyes

Bike Setup:   OEMy Taiwaneses/Australian carbon monocoque ASSURRI.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by fred gauvin a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: October 12, 2009

Strengths:    Reliable.

Weaknesses:    Ugly and modes are not very intuitives.

Bottom Line:   
Well, I just replaced the battery on my cateye Astrale, and I had a shock.

ITS 17 years OLD !!!

Hard to say that this is not reliable...

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Favorite Ride:   giant fcr2

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   ABC cycles

Similar Products Used:   None.

Bike Setup:   Just installed on my brand new FCR 2 from Giant.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by daneellaw a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: August 20, 2008

Strengths:    Easy to navigate and easy to read.

Weaknesses:    Stopped working properly after only 1000 miles.

Bottom Line:   
I've had this for about 1500 miles, and it worked great for about 1000 miles, then started to get flaky. It periodically stops reading MPH, so I have to stop it and restart to get it going. What a pain in the butt!

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by DarthWoody a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: January 14, 2008

Strengths:    Simple, works.

Weaknesses:    Plastic tab on handlebar mount broke, but electrical contacts keeps unit in position and functioning. Would rate a 5 if tab hadn't broken

Bottom Line:   
A fine cyclometer with wired speed and cadence. Rugged, lasted 6000 miles last year, same battery.

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Favorite Ride:   Anywhere in Utah

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   nashbar

Similar Products Used:   a cheapo bell unit

Bike Setup:   Motobecane Sprint, typical upgrades to seat and wheels, Speedplay pedals. I rode about 6000 miles last year, finishing the National 24-hr Challenge, RAIN (almost, blew a spoke at 151), and LOTOJA.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by mkauffman a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: December 15, 2007

Strengths:    I loved the cadence on it, other then that the features are all pretty standard.

Weaknesses:    It did not last like I would have liked. I wanted an accurate reading of my mileage for the year, but no such luck.

Bottom Line:   
I loved this computer for its first 2000 miles. From then on, it became a fickle little beast. The speedometer and cadence continually shut off requiring me to adjust the computer in its cradle until it sits perfectly. This adjustment works until I hit a bump. Now at about 5000 miles, it does not work at all. I cannot convince the thing to read anything. Even after cleaning all of the connections and whatnot, the computer remains worthless for anything but the current time. My room mate has had similar troubles, the cadence completely stopped working on his so he ended up cutting off the cadence wire. His speedometer still works.

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Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Similar Products Used:   Planet Bike 9

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