The VDO X1DW cycle computer uses encoded, digital, and wireless transmission to provide cyclists with accurate speed and cadence data. This entry-level model has something known as ‘two bike memory’, making it the ideal purchase for new riders who have separate bikes for training and racing. It has all the important functions that help cyclists get the most out of their ride, whether it be a race, training, or just a casual journey.
- Current speed
- Trip distance
- Odometer ws 1
- Odometer ws 2
- Odometer total
- Ride timer
- Average speed
- Maximum speed
- Dual Wireless
- 2 wheel sizes
- Water resistant
- 5 year warranty
- Full text display in 7 (selectable) languages
- Service-interval indicator
- Auto start/stop
- Sleep mode (display shut-down)
- Automatic pairing
- Twist-click mounting
The VDO X1DW cycle computer does not have too many exceptional features, but considering its price bracket and the fact that it is designed to be an entry-level model, what it does have is fairly adequate. The large text display can be changed into any one of the seven languages available, so it’s not a problem if English is not your mother tongue.
The most attractive feature on the X1DW is the ‘two bike memory’ which allows riders to easily use the computer on two separate bikes. This is a very useful feature as there are so many people that have a different bike for a different purpose, i.e. business and pleasure or training and racing.
However, other functions available include automatic stop and start, average speed, maximum speed, ride timer, and cadence. The VDO X1DW cycle computer is also water resistant, a very important feature as it will more than likely get a little damp at times.
Given the fact that the VDO X1DW cycle computer does not have too many differences to the majority of wireless biking computers, you would imagine it is relatively simple to set up. Unfortunately, the two instruction manuals are enough to confuse you before you have even taken it out of the packaging.
The first job is establishing which buttons on the front of the main unit do what, there is an up, down, menu, and clear, but you have to figure out which is which yourself. The menu and clear buttons are also used as ‘select’ and ‘return’ in order to navigate through the menus.
Thanks to the huge clear display, riders should have no trouble at all finding the data they require, and the lack of wires and cables just makes it even easier. For a first-time user the X1DW should be relatively easy to use once they have figured out the buttons.
The biggest plus point to the VDO X1DW is the fact that you would be hard pressed to find another wireless cycle computer with cadence in this price bracket. This particular model is designed specifically as an entry-level computer, and therefore you would not expect to find the range of features that it offers.
Once you get past the confusing and waffling handbook, operating the computer is not too difficult, but it could be made easier with better buttons and labelling. A polished off menu would make the VDO X1DW seem far more superior to its rivals.