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VDO VDO X3DW Cycling Computer

In addition to lots of other tricks, this wireless bike computer has an odometer that can be set to count up or down – handy for not missing the turn-off for home on an unfamiliar route, or for mileage-based training. Collects data for 2 bikes, so you can switch rides without losing info. Pair it up with the VDO X-Series Cadence Kit (available separately) for even more data analysis options.
Average Member Rating:
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4 out of 5(80%)reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Member Reviews for VDO X3DW Cycling Computer
Review 1 for VDO X3DW Cycling Computer
Overall Rating: 
3 out of 5
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Location: Ottawa, ON
Age: 35-44
Gender: male
MEC MEMBER

Decent Computer but.....

Date:August 9, 2013
Back in 2010 I won a gift card from my commuting group and I put it towards the purchase of this along with the cadence sensor. I have been using it since then. It has been decent, but recently the head unit stopped receiving the signal from the speed sensor, which makes this useless for me. I swapped out the battery in the speed sensor for a new battery to see if that was the issue and still nothing. The cadence sensor is still being received.
In hindsight I wish I had held off buying this and put the money towards a Garmin. If I was buying again I wouldn't buy this unit.
 
My Product Recommendations
 
Review 2 for VDO X3DW Cycling Computer
Overall Rating: 
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
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Location: Toronto, ON
Age: 25-34
Gender: male
Gear Style: Performance Driven
Describe Yourself: Avid Cyclist
MEC MEMBER

Beware interference with Polar HRM

Date:November 28, 2011
Extensive feature set for the price. Physically well made, attractive sensor units that look sleek on a race bike.
Wheel sensor recommended to be within 60cm or 75cm of computer, depending on where in the manual you look. This is a little short for rear wheel use (i.e. on a trainer) but the computer seems to pick it up fine.
Cadence sensor doesn't require any configuration, just strap it on and you're good to go.
Tested computer on my trainer and it worked perfectly, until I actually went to use it for a workout and was presented with the error "Too many signals". As far as Google can tell me, I'm the only person to experience this error and it's not documented anywhere. With the help of a service rep I found out my Polar FT4 HRM is interfering with the initial wireless linking process. The system works as expected as long as I wait until speed/cadence is displayed before I attach/activate the HRM transmitter.
The user interface is complex, unintuitive and despite the manual telling me it was intelligently designed, makes it difficult to actually do what I want with the computer. But hey, it's a bike computer, not an iPhone.
 
My Product Recommendations
 
Pros: Lightweight
Cons: Complicated
1 of 1 found this review helpful.
Review 3 for VDO X3DW Cycling Computer
Overall Rating: 
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5 out of 5
5 out of 5
By:
Location: Victoria, BC
Age: 45-55
Gender: female
Gear Style: Comfort Driven
Describe Yourself: Avid Cyclist
MEC MEMBER

Good product

Date:November 5, 2011
I've used this cycling computer for several months, and it works great. The settings are easy to use. Great way to track distances and speed (especially for speed demons!)
Pros: Rugged, Lightweight, Simple, Good Value, Reliable
Review 4 for VDO X3DW Cycling Computer
Overall Rating: 
4 out of 5
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4 out of 5
4 out of 5
By:
Location: Sidney BC
Age: 45-55
Gender: male
Gear Style: Performance Driven
Describe Yourself: Avid Cyclist

Good data available

Date:June 11, 2011
Overall a good computer, easy to install and easy to read. The operating instructions are a little complicated and some of the functions are are not user friendly. EG; you have to scroll through 8 or 9 screens to clear the previous rides data
Pros: Good Value
Cons: Complicated
1 of 1 found this review helpful.
Review 5 for VDO X3DW Cycling Computer
Overall Rating: 
4 out of 5
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Location: Ajax, ON
Gender: male
Gear Style: Performance Driven
Describe Yourself: Avid Cyclist
MEC MEMBER

A Reliable Computer

Date:May 19, 2011
The VDO X3DW's dial has fairly large easily read numerals for all the important functions. Speed and cadence (if you purchase the cadence transmitter) are always visible. The secondary functions are displayed below them. It is easy to cycle through these other items by pushing one or the other of the largish buttons on the top surface of the face. You really need to take the time to carefully read the instruction pamphlet to learn the uses of the right and left side buttons and how to cycle through the various settings. The only problem I have had with my X3DW is the fact that the right side button does not always elicit a response from the computer the first time it is pushed. This can cause some frustrations when trying to lock in settings. The digital transmission is outstandingly free of problems. For example, today I rode with my Planet Bike headlight on flash mounted right beside the X3DW - not a single problem with interference!
Pros: Rugged, Good Value, Reliable, unaffected by rfi
Cons: Complicated
1 of 1 found this review helpful.