The manufacturers originally brought us the X1DW, but now they have released a follow up computer known as the VDO X2DW cycle computer. This model has been developed specifically for up and coming athletes and enthusiastic mountain bike riders, and the majority will not be disappointed with their purchase.
- Current speed
- Trip distance
- Total kilometres bike 1 / bike 2 / totals
- Ride time
- Total ride time bike 1 / bike 2 / totals
- Average speed
- Maximum speed
- Navigator (2nd programmable daily kilometre)
- Counter, counts forwards or backwards
- Digital wireless
- Easy menu control
- Water resistant
- 5 year warranty
Although this biking computer does not do anything out of the ordinary, it provides the rider with a range of essential functions, and has proven itself to have a very robust and reliable wireless signal – which is more than can be said for many cycling computers currently on the market.
The VDO X2DW cycle computer does have a very clear and easy to read screen, although some of the information shown is a little vague. For example, the speed readout with the comparison arrows for average speed could be a little more clear. However, the other readings are excellent and include actual average speed, maximum speed, navigator, ride time, odometer, stopwatch, cadence, and a clock.
The functions and features on this computer are very standard, but its biggest attraction is definitely the strength of the wireless connection, which does not fail even in the toughest of conditions.
The display size is much larger than that of its predecessor so readability is far better in a wide variety of weather conditions. The EMC-user interface is also much improved as it is laid out more clearly and easier to understand.
Checking the sensor on the VDO X2DW cycle computer is made much easier thanks to the tiny flashing LED found in the VDO logo. The sensor will still work with quite a gap as the signal is so strong, so mounting it on the rear wheel should be no problem at all.
The VDO X2DW cycle computer’s new menu may take some getting used to at first as it is far more in-depth than most, but after playing around with it for a while, you will see that it is a logical multi-level menu, a bit like that found on a mobile phone.
I know I have already said it a couple of times but the biggest thing that the VDO X2DW cycle computer has going for it is its reliability and the fact that it is so easy to use. This computer is one of the best within its price bracket, thanks to the strength of the signal and its multi-level menu. Another bonus is of course the large screen and the fact that it is easy to switch between two bikes.
As always there are some disadvantages to VDO’s second computer in the X series, such as the quality of the buttons on the main device. After some time they seemed to stick and become quite difficult to use.