Avocet 30 Computer

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Avocet 30

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[Jul 16, 2003]
bill andrews
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

simple & positive clicking

Weakness:

supposidly waterproof but permantly clouded since riding in a heavy rain.

very easy to read, and simple to select modes. The instruction manual doesn't tell you how to switch from miles to kilometers nor tell you the replacement battery part no. Also cannot locate the manufacturer's address nor any distributors. I also like the single mode display. The unit does not shut off, which may hinder battery life. Since this model is not made any more, the only people who should buy any that is available are ones who are already wired for it if the display indicator is needing replacement.

Similar Products Used:

avocet 20

[Jul 16, 1997]
Chuck
weekend warrior

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING

Avocet 30: I had a Vetta C-15 but lost it when it dropped out of my pocket (I used it as a pocket watch too :) so I got one of these. It stopped working (wouldn't turn on) after a ride or two, so I sent it back to the factory and they promptly sent me a new one. It, too, died (frequent freak-out) after a ride or two. I got frustrated so I just went and bought another C-15, which has worked for at least a year now. Avocet gets 5 chilies for service and responsiveness; I hope their product quality has improved!

[Sep 13, 2000]
zelig
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Large and highly legible display. It has all the functions I need. I have a 40 but the 30's my favorite over the last 10 years.

Weakness:

For me, its not the battery life but the way it just fades away, especially as the temperature drops. It goes away and comes back when it warms up. Would prefer it just died but that would probably require some more electonics.

Its got what I need in the primary functions; speed, trip distance and elapsed time. The secondary functions of max speed (gee, I though I went down that hill faster), total distance (generally meaning the life of the battery), and time are except for the latter, fall under the who really cares category. The average speed on my 40 is calculated using a formula known only to the bird mascot they use. Its useless. I don't need the dual display. In poor light and/or heavy road or bike traffic, the big display is the best. I come from the KISS school when it comes to computers so the 30's my choice.

Similar Products Used:

The original and the 40.

[Jul 28, 1997]
Neil
weekend warrior

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING

Avocet Model 30I've used Avocets for many years and wouldn't consider any other brand.
They're light, small, blend in well with the bike visually, are easy to install
and work flawlessly. My only complaint is the battery life. It seems like I'm
always having to go buy a replacement battery. My first cyclecomputer ever
with its original batteries outlived my Avocet's batteries seven times over.
Four chilies due to that one flaw. Five if the new ones last longer.

[Jun 18, 1996]
Lee
weekend warrior

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING

Avocet 30 computer. Good: Large, readable display. Replacement wiring / mounting hardware is less expensive compared to that for some other cycle computers. Bad: Uses batteries rapidly (about 1 year lifetime). Only shows one function at a time. I had bad luck with the wiring failing on an older mountain bike without suspension. However, the latest wiring kit seems to be holding up on a suspension fork. I also have an Avocet 35 with similar or the same wiring on a road bike without failure. Other: This is an older model, but may still be available. Has speed, maximum speed, resettable distance, total distance, stop watch, and clock. Speed only has a granularity of 0.5mph. Skinny fork and fat fork mountings are available; the fat fork mounting is needed for the Kinesis aluminum road bike fork, while the skinny fork mounting fits the Manitou 4 suspension fork (around the dropout; no drilling is necessary, contrary to what the Manitou 4 instruction manual says). A rear wheel wiring kit is also available, but it may not fit bikes where the distance between the rear wheel spokes and chainstay is large. If you want an Avocet cycle computer, I'd suggest the Avocet 35 over the 30, since the 35 has 0.1mph speed granularity, changeable total distance (useful after the battery dies), low power mode when not in use (I've had one for nearly 2 years on its first battery), pace arrow, and average speed function. Avocet also has two new low end models, the 15 and 25, which may be of interest if you don't need some of the functions that the 35 has.

[Oct 02, 1997]
cg
weekend warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING

i've had my avocet 30 for just about 8 years now...has never failed me and continues to do the job well...easy to read and does not take up space on the bars. if this computer ever fails me, i would probably go wireless...but i have a feeling that i won't be buying one any time soon...

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