CatEye CC-CD300DW Computers

4.33/5 (3 Reviews)
MSRP : $145.00

Product Description

  • Measures speed and cadence
  • User friendly single transmitter
  • 3 windows display 4 readouts
  • Center mount bracket

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Peter Page

Date Reviewed: June 9, 2015

Strengths:    I have four of these. One on my wife's bike and three for my bikes. I have found them to be absolutely reliable. I buy new batteries for them at the beginning of the season at MEC for $1 each. When I first bought batteries, I bought the at the local drugs store for nearly $5 each. You can get these batteries for as little as $0.50 each if you look around or buy off the net. The cadence feature has improved my technique. Riding at what feels natural would have me cycling at a cadence of in the 70's. The visual feedback got me to overcome an instinctive feel that probably is more relevant to walking. I now keep a cadence in the 90's. It has come to feel natural and at the end of a ride I no longer feel pain in my knees. The double wireless feature has eliminated the problem of torn wires I had with my previous wired computers. I would eventually snag a wire and destroy my wired computers.

Weaknesses:    The consumption of batteries was expensive. Each bike needs four 2032 batteries. If you are paying $5 per battery; that's $20. The solution has been to find inexpensive sources for batteries. I buy Energizer batteries at MEC for anywhere from $0.50 to $1.50 each. I have seen them for less on eBay and the net. This is no longer an issue.

Bottom Line:   
A reliable bicycle computer that has helped me and my wife become better cyclists by learning to increase our cadence. It takes a while to get used to cycling at a proper cadence of 90 to 100. It doesn't initially feel natural. I also found the easiest, most accurate way to measure the circumference of the wheel is to put a drop of paint on the rear tire and ride the bike forward. I then measure the distance between dots on the floor. I take the measurement with a metric tape measure. I repeat this at least three time to make sure I have an accurate measurement. You need this measurement to set up any bicycle computer that doesn't use GPS.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by LM123 a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: June 21, 2009

Strengths:    I have two of these, one on each of my bikes I've had them over 3 years on each bike. Neither has ever had a problem, even in very wet weather but you need to adopt a battery-replacement schedule.

The display shows everything I need on one screen.

Weaknesses:    Needs new batteries every 4 - 5 months. If the batteries on the display unit are weak, the display will blink so you can replace them before the unit quits. The same is not the case for the sending unit. If the batteries on the sending unit are weak, there is no warning. I've lost signal, and therefore lost the use of the computer, in the middle of a ride because the batteries in the sending unit had worn out.

The solution is to replace the batteries every four months. That might be a little more often than necessary but it does avoid the aforementioned battery problems.

The unit was difficult to progarm, especially at first. I would have preferred fewer functions and more simplicity. E.g., I don't need a warning beep if cadence falls too low. This can be programmed out but it took me a while to learn how to do it.

Bottom Line:   
First rate computer but a bit heavy on battery use.

I give it a 5 rating because it has had no mechanical problems and because I like the display and the information displayed. It was a little expensive so value is only 4.

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Favorite Ride:   LOCAL CLUB RIDES

Price Paid:    $140.00


Similar Products Used:   I'v lost count of the computers I've had although I do remember that the Campagnolo unit was definitely the worst. I liked the Specialized unit because it showed percentage grade but it is no longer made.

Bike Setup:   Litespeed Vortex. Full Campy. Erus wheelset.

Steel Independent Fabrication Club Racer. Campy triple, disc brakes, fenders and rear rack. Set-up for winter rides.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by zdpn03 a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: April 8, 2008

Strengths:    Multi function display. Clean installation. Easy to use.

Weaknesses:    Uses, and goes through a lot of batteries. (Uses 4 batteries. I go through about 1-2 sets of batteries per season).

Weak/thin mounting bracket. I have had the moutning bracket of 3 computers crack and break after a season of riding. It appears that the constant vibrations of a season of road riding eventually weaken the bracket and cause it to break. Luckily all three happened just short of the 1 year warranty period and were promptly replaced by CatEye. As much as I like the computer, I will not purchase another if my current one breaks outside of the warranty period and is not replaced by CatEye.

I also had problems with the first computer I purchased. After a few months, it suddenly started going through a new set of batteries in a matter of weeks. I also noticed a slight huming noise coming from the head unit. CatEye replaced that computer and I have not encountered this problem again.

Bottom Line:   
This computer is great - when it is not broken. The split display is great. It is easy to use. The setup is very clean. Excellent customer service.

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Favorite Ride:   Enchanted Circle, NM

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   Best Cycle Buys

Similar Products Used:   CatEye Astrale.

Bike Setup:   I use the same model computer on two different full carbon road bikes. One is a standard handlebar mount on a standard road bike. The second is a road bike with aerobars. The computer is mounted out towards the end of the aerobars. This is the setup that I am having problems with my computer bracket eventually wearing out and breaking on an annual basis.

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