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October 17, 2009

Reviewed: Knog N.E.R.D. 12-function wireless bike computer

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After the first 210 miles, not too much to say here. This thing just works, pretty much as advertised. For the mounting options, rich feature set, and robust construction, I’d call this an excellent value.
I haven’t had it in any particularly harsh weather, so I can’t comment on the water resistance, although it looks like it could take it. Both the display and sender are chunky and well-rubberized; the look might not be to everyone’s tastes, but they definitely won’t be harmed by rough service.
I have noticed that the screen will show a pronounced circle of condensation when moving from one extreme of climate to another; this soon dissipates, and doesn’t seem to affect any of the functions.
The vertical viewing angle is a little limited; when mounted on my level/slightly down-angled stem, the display was very washed out. Mounted on the bars, you’d easily tip the display back to correct this. With my narrow swept-back townie bars, I elected to mount the unit on the top-tube, which works just great for me.
I had at first thought the single-button/”buttonless” control scheme might be overly simplistic, but in practice it works just fine. After that initial week of constant on-bike fiddling, I now pretty much leave the display on the “dist/day” setting.

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