VDO MC1.0+ Bike Computer Review
- Pros: This VDO bike computer is an altimeter and a cyclometer. It’s also wireless and waterproof, supports two bikes, displays gradient, and comes with a 5-year warranty.
- Cons: Its wireless function sometimes interferes with external signals. Speed is displayed in 0.5 mph or 0.5 kmph increments.
- Overall: If you live in a place like San Francisco with sloping roads, or do a lot of mountain biking, this may be the perfect device for you. Even if you don’t need the altimeter, it’s still an easy-to-use, wireless bike computer.
VDO is a German company with more than 80 years of experience making speedometers, and it shows. The MC1.0+ is a well-designed device and comes packed with both altitude and cycling metrics. It supports two bikes by keeping track of two sets of odometer settings, and two sets of altitude gain settings. It may look like a watch, but it definitely works like the best altimeter and wireless cyclometer combinations you can buy.
Features and Display
The display screen on the VDO bike computer is on the small side, measuring less than 1 square inch. The fonts that display the main metrics on the right are large enough to read fairly easily, however. In fact, the MC1.0+ is easier to read than many other bike computers with larger screens. The metrics displayed on the left of the display are still quite small, though, and are hard to read when riding. The metrics displayed in these smaller fonts include things like temperature and gradient, so if you want to check these while riding, you may have to slow down or take a break.
The barometric altimeter on the VDO bike computer can record and display the following settings: altitude, gradient, temperature, altitude gain on a single trip, maximum altitude reached on a trip, average gradient on a trip, maximum gradient on a trip, total altitude gain and maximum altitude reached on all trips. For the last two metrics, two different sets of data are maintained, so you can use it for two bikes independently of each other. Additionally, the gradient reading is always visible on the screen.
As a bike computer, the VDO MC1.0+ can show the following: current speed, odometer, timer, clock, average speed, maximum speed, stopwatch and a speed comparator. The computer can record two different settings for the odometer for two bikes or two riders. The average speed and speed comparator are also always visible on the main display. If you want to customize the display a bit, you can choose between three different display modes, each showing different sets of metrics.
Installation and Settings
The VDO bike computer comes with a magnet, sensor and the main display unit. The magnet is attached to the spokes of your wheel, whereas the sensor is attached the fork so that it can detect every rotation of the wheel. This rotation count is sent wirelessly to the display unit, which converts the information to speed and the other relevant metrics.
Overall, the MC1.0+ is quite easy to install and set up. The main unit goes into a strap that is attached to the handlebar or stem using a screwdriver. The sensor comes with straps that are used to attach it to the fork. The magnet is also easy to attach to the spokes.
A bike computer with a five year warranty is a rarity, making the MC1.0+ pretty attractive. Plus, it’s pretty nice to have the altimeter, something you also won’t find in most bike computers. Overall, this is a great option if you want a wireless bike computer and altimeter for under $100.
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