CatEye Strada Cadence Computer

Priced: $50.00 Rated:   - 4 stars out of 5 by 29 reviews.
CatEye Strada Cadence Computer
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CatEye Strada Cadence Computer -
The Strada Cadence by Cateye is an easy to use computer that allows you to keep track of your pedal cadence and your current speed. With Cateyes FlexTight bracket allows you to easily mount the Strada on your handlebar or stem.

Fit:

  • Fits almost any handlebar or stem: 22-31.8mm

Sizing:

  • User-friendly interface includes auto start-stop and power-save modes and dual tire-size memory

Features:

  • Maximum speed
  • Trip distance 2
  • Pace arrow indicates if you are riding above or below your average speed
  • This sleek CatEye cycle computer delivers the essential functions of the Strada plus pedal cadence
  • Clock
  • Your selected mode displays at the bottom of the screen, while your current speed always appears at the top in huge, easy-to-read numerals
  • Auto start/stop
  • Elapsed time
  • Programmable odometer lets you program your mileage back into computer after a battery change
  • Features a slim design with universal, tool-free handlebar/stem bracket and speed sensor mounting
  • ClickTec® interface lets you switch among eight modes by simply pressing the bottom of the computer face
  • Programmable speed unit
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Your legs are your engine, and the Strada Cadence is your tachometer.

Imported.

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Activity:Cycling
Alarm:No
Altimeter:No
Auto start/stop:Yes
Average speed:Yes
Batteries:CR 1620
Cadence:Yes
Clock:Yes
Countdown timer:No
Current speed:Yes
Dual bike memory:Yes
Exercise log:No
Fits almost any fork:11-55mm
GPS tracking:No
Heart rate display:No
Illumination:No
Lap timer:No
Low battery indicator:Unavailable
Maximum speed:Yes
Odometer:Yes
Speed comparator:No
Stopwatch:No
Temperature:No
Trip distance:Yes
Wireless:No
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CatEye Strada Cadence Computer Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Most Bang for the Buck

I bought the Strada Cadence because it was the cheapest computer I could find that tracked cadence and had many good reviews. Overall, the unit is pretty easy to install. I initially had this computer installed on an old mountain bike and had some trouble getting the speedometer magnet close enough to the sensor because there was too much space between my left chain stay and my rear wheel (the sensor and magnet need to be within 3mm of each other). However, I was able to use the extra rubber padding that came for the cadence sensor to close the gap.

I then put this computer on a new road bike and it installed flawlessly. I had no trouble getting the cadence or speedometer sensors close enough to the magnets. Running the wires along the frame of the bike was pretty easy too.

Before you install the computer I highly recommend reading the directions carefully a couple times. The first time I installed it, I wired everything up on the right chain stay and as a result had undo everything and reinstall it. Also, make sure the magnets pass over the cadence and sensor lines, which are clearly marked on the sensors. I originally had some difficulty getting thing working because I neglected to line up the magnets properly. I initially thought the magnets could pass over anywhere on the sensors, which is NOT the case. All these thing are documented in the instructions.

The display is a little small so I can understand why some people complain that this computer is tough to read. However, I've gotten used to it and have no problems reading the display even if it's to take a quick glance down at it.
Joshua H at REI on 08/08/2010

Solid, simple...maybe even bulletproof?

I bought this to replace a lost Cateye wireless computer. I wasn't paying enough attention when making the purchase to realize this model wasn't wireless and was a bit frustrated with myself upon realizing this. No matter - I went ahead and installed it as I thought the cadence sensor would be a nice addition (the lost wireless model didn't have a cadence feature). Anyway, it works great and seems accurate when comparing data to the phone app I also use. I like the simplicity of it: just press the unit, which essentially functions as one big button, to cycle though (pun intended) average speed, trip distance, cadence, total distance, max speed, time and a clock. All the while your speed is displayed in large numbers above the other data.

Now, what prompted me to write this review was when removing wet clothes from the washing machine this morning. I saw the unit at the bottom of the washing machine AFTER a wash cycle (again with the puns!) and my heart sank. "You big dummy," I thought, "you just replaced one and are now going to have to buy another one." But as I retrieved it from the washing machine I was thrilled to see that not only did it seem unaffected from the 30 minutes spent underwater, but it actually still had the data from my ride the day before. I've never been concerned that a ride in the rain would damage it, but I was downright impressed that it survived an accidental trip through the laundry. Therefore, I would absolutely urge anyone looking for a simple, durable computer to consider a Cateye.
Bad Knees McGee at REI on 09/09/2013

Good value

This is an inexpensive, easy to use, light weight bike computer that provides all the basic info I find that I need. Installation was not difficult, it just took a bit of time.

I've used the strada for 900 miles, and have had only one issue. The zip tie that held the cadence magnet on broke. Luckily the magnet stuck to the steel of the pedal spindle. In order to make sure I didn't lose the magnet if the next zip tie broke, I used contact cement and a zip tie to keep it on.

I like the unit-is-a-button idea now that I've gotten used to it. It's a no-brainer to operate in any scenario - nasty hill climb, cold weather gloves - no problem. I chose this wired version because I've had issues with wireless units in the past. All the people I ride with have wireless units (not the wireless strada), and they occasionally have to fiddle with their units to get their speed/cadence working.

One thing I would have liked to add is that if the unit could display 3 measurements at once (instead of speed + one selectable). But that might make the unit larger and more expensive, and out of the inexpensive, simple, high value category...
clear screen at REI on 07/07/2009

Lots of data, easy to setup

The Strada comes with a wired cadence and speed sensor, which are both intended to be rear-wheel mounted. The computer itself features the ability to track one 'workout' / trip, including time, distance, avg. speed & max speed, as well as current cadence (there is no min/max/avg function on cadence!), an additional 'trip odometer' and an overall odometer.

Instructions appear rather daunting, but it is easier to install than they try to make it seem. Mounted just fine on my Novara Squadra.

I can't comment on its accuracy (never checked it).

The 'one button face' is pretty nice, but I can't say I prefer it. It doesn't really cause many problems, it just doesn't really seem to solve any problems either.

They include a LOT of wire ties with the product.

Universal mount can be attached to a stem or handlebar thanks to the rotating base! Very clever!

Overall a very solid computer with a lot of features, a good buy at this price!
Fusatia at REI on 04/04/2009

Like the rear wheel sensor...

After researching different computers, I settled on the Cateye Strata Cadence because of the fact that it was wired (which to me is always a more reliable communications connection for any device), the ability to measure cadence, and the rear wheel sensor. The rear wheel sensor comes in really handy because the computer can still be used on when riding on the stationary trainer.

The Strata Cadence has been very reliable and proven to be very accurate when compared with GPS apps like Strava or Map My Ride.

I have put about 1200 miles on my computer and it is still very reliable. It's only week point is that it is very hard to read once the sun starts going down because there is no light or if there is very bright sun due to glare.
jg1980 at REI on 12/12/2012

Great for the Money

I really don't have a bunch of experience with this unit, but I have no experience with bicycle computers in general. I wanted to start out on the low $$ side so I went with the most popular, least cost unit.

I have been nothing but impressed so far. I didn't have high expectations mainly because the last time I had a cycle computer it was horrible, inaccurate, and unreliable.

This one compared to my motorcycle GPS was pretty much dead on with speed, I figure everything else is going to be just as accurate as most are calculated with speed and time.

I haven't gotten to far into the functionality of the unit, but so far speed accuracy has been great, installation was very easy, and operation is mindless.
Sreduos at REI on 08/08/2008

love it

The installation of the sensors took some time. This isn't the computer for someone not willing to jerry-rig things a bit (I scavenged the magnet from my previous computer). The instructions definitely could have been more specific, but in the end everything works right. Turns out, the cadence magnet doesn't need to be 3mm max from the sensor (which is good because there is no way to make that happen on my 1978 touring bike.)
Setting up the computer itself was quick and easy and operation is intuitive.
LAbikerchick at REI on 08/08/2010

Great, Simple Computer

If you're looking for a very simple computer to use both on the road and on an indoor trainer, this is the one! Easy installation, easy to read, user friendly. Rear wheel mount only so you can use it on a trainer as well. This computer has the essentials: speed, avg speed, distance, time, cadence and odometer. Used it for a couple hundred miles so far and the only other thing I wish it had was a HR monitor. Other than that, it's perfect.
Cycle Steve at REI on 02/02/2009

Pretty good...

This - like all Cateye computers - is high quality. It works well, and is trustworthy. However, having used both, I strongly recommend the Astrale 8 for a cadence computer. The single click on this model seems a little flimsy, and feels like it will break any moment. And if it does...completely useless! The Astrale is the same price, same features, just a different design. I think it has a smaller screen (my 3-year-old model did). But again, you can't go wrong with Cateye.
DC at REI on 09/09/2007

Reliable, simple to operate

This is another incarnation of a great product. I've used Cateye w/ cadence for 15+ years, and this is also accurate and simple to use. Toughest part is installing the sensors and routing the wire (allow 1+ hr.), then it's pure enjoyment. Simple one-click toggle scrolls through all the modes. After calibration, two bikes w/ two different era Cateyes registered 0.01 mi different in 10+ miles (less than 1/1000 variation). A good price for the functionality provided.
oldtrek at REI on 05/05/2008

Negative Reviews:

never again

This is only my third cyclocomputer owned. I used an old shimano for many years on my mtb until a crash smashed the lens. I replaced it with a reasonably priced db4lw wireless computer. Aside from the large size I like how it works and all the info displayed in two screen modes. When I recently acquired a road bike I decided wanted a low profile unit. The strada fit the bill and had the cadence feature to boot. Mileage readings are accurate and the cadence works well. What others say about the difficulty of installation is true. This was the first rear install for me and I botched it on the first attempt. Odd thing is mine came with an instruction manual written in every language but english! I returned to the lbs to let them know there was something missing but was told that's how they're packaged. I resorted to downloading the english version off the Strada website. I suggest using twist ties to position all the parts in the right places then when obsolutely certain of cable routing and the sensor positions are just right, go ahead and aplly the ties. Mounting the cadence magnet also posed a challenge on account of the crank spindle being aluminum. The recessed inside of the spindle made it impossible to attach the magnet with the tie. I lucked out the bolt head holding the pedal was metal. On the road switching between modes is accomplished by pressing on the 3 dots below the lcd screen. it works but I prefer having buttons for this function. The mph reading is large but the secondary readin at every screen is tiny and I got over 45 eye-sight syndrome now. A couple months later I'm still trying to figure out how to change settings. Extremely dissapointed with cat eye and will not buy their products again.
chef velo at REI on 03/03/2009

poor quality

After 1500mi, cadence began working intermittently and soon failed to work altogether. The installing bike shop said it was a wiring problem which was not covered under warranty.

When speaking to the warranty department at Cateye, I was informed that the Cateye cable should be carefully wound around the brake cable to prevent breaking the Cateye cable when turning the handlebars nearly 180 degrees. I was also informed,"Even with a normal appearance, it may be that the cable could be broken internally."

My bike is set up for comfort with the handlebars somewhat high, so I can sit upright. The Cateye sensor cable is too short; it needs to be about 5 inches longer to reach the handlebar if routed along the brake cable.

I see no reason for Cateye to provide cable that is so short or so easily broken.
Bob at REI on 07/07/2009

Poor Design equals Poor Performance

I got this as a gift 6 months or >2000 miles ago. I am fastidious when it comes to maintaining my bike and its components. However, this does not compensate for poor design. Specifically, over time this computer becomes unreliable and inaccurate. This is because the new mounting system with a thinner platform seems to curve as as it ages and soon the contacts no longer consistently make a good connection. Consequently, it intermittently records your effort and on occasion just stops recording. In addition, it has other annoying design problems. For example, when I accidentally touch it while putting my bike on the rack to store it, I sometimes lose my ride data. It has a smaller face and is less easy to read. In the past, I have relied on Cateye computers. This cheaply made product has changed that strategy.
NicoleMK at REI on 12/12/2013

Cat Eye Strada Cadence stopped working.

My cateye strada cadence bike computer stopped working after three months. Specifically, the speedometer stopped working and it reads 0 MPH no matter how fast I go. This means I don't get any data when I'm riding (elapsed time, trip distance, or total distance). Miraculously, the cadence sensor still works and so does the clock. I cleaned all the contacts, moved the speed sensor within 3 mm of the wheel magnet (as per the troubleshooting section) and even jiggled the wires. At this point, the owner's manual recommends says to replace the bracket sensor set, at $17[@]
mrmtnbiker at REI on 12/12/2009

buy someting else

magnet/sensor is very weak and I even purchased the optional better magnet; it wasn't. Cadance more important then speed, is hard to read. Odd battery hard to find a replacement. Cyclometer unit is now loose falling off the mount if one hits a bump afer one year of use.
My older, several years older, Cateye Astrale 8 has none of these problems.
tim24 at REI on 07/07/2009

Not So Great

When you look at this product it looks like a good deal, but after six months of trying to get this thing to work properly I've given up, The cadence works great which is good and all but I'd also like to know how fast I'm going and how far I've gone which only works intermittently on this computer
jwp4 at REI on 08/08/2009

bring back Astrale

Had 4 bike computers. Last Cateye (Astrale) lasted 1500 miles. This Strada cadence pulled it's wires out of sensor before even being mounted to bike. JUNK. Compare the way Cateye fastened wires to sensors on Astrale. Very sturdy. This Strada the wires just snapped as I was fastening sensor to frame.
skiiercyclist at REI on 07/07/2010

Fragile

Impossible to mount within 3mm tolerances on my bike (a hybrid) and the wires are very fragile.
Installation would be easy except for the above issues.
florida pete at REI on 06/06/2010

Neutral Reviews:

Go with a Sigma instead

I received this computer free with a package deal. Had I paid for it I probably would have sent it back. I found the installation tough. They supply only just enough pull ties to do the job, which means if you break one you will have to buy more. I feel the magnets and sensors are just too weak. Even after I bought a Sigma magnet which allows a 20mm clearance to the sensor I still had issues. I've only used it indoors on a trainer which added to my frustration in its ability to lose its mounting position/magnet sensing. This is the fifth bike computer I've installed and by far the most difficult and aggravating. I would strongly recommend another brand, specifically Sigma which I've found to be the best/easiest so far. Once you get it working it does seem to work well. The only redeeming quality I would say is that for the price it is probably the only computer that you will get with a cadence sensor.
MattW at REI on 02/02/2008

total time function

Everything with the Cateye Strada seemed fine on my first three 20 mi. rides. When I put my bike on my trainer to do an indoor workout the total time on the Strada didn't jive with the wall clock or a TV program I was watching. I rode for exactly 30 min w/no stops according to wall clock and television but Strada said I'd only been riding for 18 min. That's quite a difference! New unit and new batteries. Does anyone know what gives?
dweeb at REI on 12/12/2009