CatEye Strada Slim wireless computer (2022)

Have you lost a few pounds through your rigorous training regime in recent weeks? Started shaving your legs to get that pro look? Great news - this is the cycle computer for you. CatEye say that the new Strada Slim is "smooth, sleek & slimmed down - like the riders and bikes its designed for". Portly mountain-bikers look away now, then.

This is an evolution of the existing (and excellent) Strada wireless computer rather than a new model. The head unit is thinner (but fractionally wider) and the screen is significantly bigger (23%, say CatEye). Probably the most significant change is that the sensor unit has been completely redesigned to fit on the inside face of the fork leg rather than behind it. In use, the Strada Slim is almost identical to the previous version.

Let's look at what's new then. The larger head unit gives space for the LCD characters to be a little bigger, aiding readability. I found the previous Strada pretty easy to read anyway, but the display here is definitely an improvement.

One of my favourite things about the Strada (including its new Slim iteration) is the absence of buttons on the face of the head unit. Everything you need to access in day to day use is done by pressing the face of the unit itself, ideally towards the bottom. There's a button hidden on the back which pushes against the mount when you jab the face, with display modes scrolled with a short press and reset with a long press. It really is simplicity itself and the best user interface of any computer I've used, so it is good to see that CatEye haven't messed with this aspect of the design.

The head unit is 35% thinner and lighter, say CatEye. It was pretty light to begin with and I'd never found myself bothered by the bulk of the previous generation, so I'm not wildly excited by these most marginal of gains. The mount is new, though. CatEye have ditched their Flex Tight bracket for the head unit, replacing it with a simple bracket which is held to the bar or stem via a choice of rubber o-ring or zip tie (both are supplied). Maybe this is a gram or two lighter than previously, but I rather liked the Flex Tight for the way that you could switch between bikes or from bar to stem without needing to go find some cutters and new zip ties. In any case the interface between head unit and bracket is unchanged, so it would be easy to use a Flex Tight bracket if you wanted.

CatEye say that the reduction in size and weight has been achieved through the use of a smaller battery, but run times are maintained through improvements in efficiency - the head unit battery should last about a year and the sensor about 10000km. The sensor uses the same battery as previously, so don't worry if (like me) you've still got some CR2032 cells kicking around, while the head unit now has a CR1616.

The only change to the user interface is that it now has a "customisable display". What this means is that if there are some of the modes on the lower half of the screen that you simply never use, you can switch them off, so that you no longer see them when scrolling through. This is a fairly limited level of customisation, but I guess some people might like being able to have only the functions that they're really interested in available.

The full list of modes is as follows: elapsed time, trip distance, trip distance 2 (which can be reset separately to the other counters), average speed, maximum speed, odometer (total miles) and clock. I've used other computers which have more modes, such as mile countdown, elevation etc but for my personal tastes and the type of riding I do, the Strada has everything I need. If you want heart-rate and cadence then CatEye has a version of the Strada that includes these.

As I mentioned, the sensor looks very different to previous ones from CatEye (and most competitors) as it is now a longer, much thinner unit which is fixed flat to the inside of the fork, held in place with either o-rings or zip-ties. This means that viewed from the side of the bike, it is rather less visible (although the o-ring or zip tie used to hold it in place are still pretty noticeable unless your forks are dark-coloured. This will only work if you have the right gap between your front wheel's spokes and the inner face of your forks - CatEye specifies between 12mm and 17mm to give the required gap of less than 5mm between the magnet and the sensor.

On my commuter which has disc brakes, this meant that I had to install the sensor on the right hand fork leg, as the spokes on the disc side were too far from the fork. I don't think it would work with suspension forks at all. For this reason, CatEye has not discontinued the conventional sensor which mounts behind the fork leg. On my bike it was fairly simple to fit the new sensor and I wouldn't expect to have problems on most road bikes. I just had to find the right vertical position where the gap was right, which in reality took no longer than installing the old-style sensor did.

All in all this is an improvement over the existing model which itself was very good. With many riders now seeing a Garmin as an essential accessory, the market for this type of device may be declining, but I am quite happy using something like this in tandem with a smartphone in my pocket. Its list price of £50 means it's not the cheapest of non-GPS computers but I think it's probably the best I've used.

Verdict

Excellent cycle computer with neat new sensor and the easiest of user interfaces; hard to fault

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road.cc test report

Make and model: Cat Eye Strada Slim

Size tested: Black (White also sent)

Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

The Strada Slim computer is a 'slimmed down' version of the original Strada Wireless computer. Newly designed circuitry and increased efficiency allows for a smaller battery, so the computer can be thinner and lighter. The smaller package still boasts the same great cycling features and functions with a larger screen and the ability to customize your display by showing only the functions you select.

Designed for road bikes, the Strada Slim comes with the Slim Sensor that can be placed inside the front fork so it is virtually out of sight, giving your road bike a sleek, aerodynamic look.

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

Current speed: 0.0(4.0)~105.9km/h

Total distance: 0.0~9999.9/10000-99999km

Trip distance 1: 0.00~999.99km

Trip distance 2: 0.00~999.99/1000.0~9999.9km

Elapsed time: 0:00'00"~9:59'59"

Average speed: 0.0~105.9km/h

Maximum speed: 0.0(4.0)~105.9km/h

(Video) How to Setup a Cateye Strada Double Wireless Computer

Wireless transmission: Speed

Clock: 0:00'~23:59' [1:00'~12:59']

Pace arrow: Yes

Auto power saving: Yes

Auto mode: Yes

Dual tire size: Yes

Tire size: 100mm~3999mm (default:A 2096mm / B 2096mm)

Battery: Computer : CR1616 X1�€€Sensor : CR2032 X1

Battery life:

Computer:approx 1 year (1hr use per day) Sensor:approx 10,000km [6,250miles] in total distance

Dimension : 47.0 X32.0 X12.5mm

Weight: 12 grams

Rate the product for quality of construction:

8/10

Lightweight but well built and waterproof.

(Video) Cateye Strada Bike Computer - Changing batteries and setting computer.

Rate the product for performance:

9/10

Easier to read, still just as easy to use.

Rate the product for durability:

9/10

From past experience with CatEye Strada computers, it takes some serious abuse to break them.

Rate the product for weight, if applicable:

9/10

Smaller and lighter than previous version.

Rate the product for value:

7/10

There are cheaper computers out there but I'd suggest they're not as good.

(Video) Cat Eye Strada Wireless Bike Computer Install/Calibration Of Speed And Odometer

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

Flawlessly. Simple, easy to install and easy to use.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

New design of sensor is neater and less susceptible to getting knocked out of position.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Was a little sorry to see the Flex Tight bracket replaced with a zip tie bracket, but this isn't really a big deal.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.

Would you consider buying the product? If I needed a new computer, definitely. I'd struggle to justify paying to replace an existing Mk1 Strada with this.

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Absolutely.

Overall rating: 9/10

Age: 36Height: 190cmWeight: 78kg

I usually ride: Boardman CX team for the daily commuteMy best bike is: Rose Xeon CRS

I've been riding for: Over 20 yearsI ride: Most daysI would class myself as: Expert

(Video) Review: Cateye Strada wireless bike computer

I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, time trialling, cyclo cross, commuting, touring, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mtb,

(Video) Strada Slim Tech | CatEye Bicycle Electronics

FAQs

How do I setup my CatEye Strada Wireless? ›

How to Setup a Cateye Strada Double Wireless Computer - YouTube

How do you set up a CatEye Strada slim? ›

Press the MENU button and the MODE button on the back of the computer. Press the AC button on the back of the computer. After full lighting of the screen, the computer switch- es to the speed unit setting screen to start setup.

What is CatEye Strada? ›

Small, lightweight and affordable, the Strada Slim by Cateye is one of our favorite simple computers. It is a non-GPS cycling computer designed for road bike use. It reads speed, time, and distance with a wireless sensor that mounts to the fork leg.

How do I change the battery in my CatEye Strada slim? ›

Replace the Battery on a Cateye Strada Double Wireless Computer

How does a Cateye bike computer work? ›

It uses a wired speed sensor that attaches to the front fork and a small spoke magnet to record speed. Nothing fancy, just the basics, but it gets the job done and can be purchased for less than the price of mounting brackets for other computers.

How do you put a cat eye on a bike computer? ›

Bike Computer Installation - Cat Eye Velo 7 (wired) - YouTube

How do you use the cat eye speedometer? ›

  1. 1 Clear all data (initialization) Press the AC button on the back of the computer.
  2. 2 Select the speed units. Select “km/h” or “mph”.
  3. 3 Enter the tire circumference. Enter the front wheel tire circumference of your bicycle in mm. ...
  4. 4 Set the clock. ...
  5. 2 3.
  6. 60 cm. ...
  7. 5 mm. ...
  8. 2 Install the sensor and magnet.

How do you reset a cat's eye? ›

Press and hold the MODE and START/STOP buttons for 2 sec. in either the Elapsed Time, Trip Distance 1, Average Speed or Maximum Speed functions to reset these functions.

How do I turn off Cateye speedometer? ›

  1. From the measurement screen, press MENU to switch to the menu screen. Measurement screen. ...
  2. Press MODE to display the screen shown below, and then press MODE for 2 seconds. (2 seconds) ...
  3. Switch off the functions you want to skip by moving to the relevant icon and turning the setting off. ...
  4. Press MENU to confirm settings.

How do you replace cat eye batteries? ›

When (battery icon) turns on, it is time to replace the battery. Install a new lithium battery (CR2032) with the (+) side facing upward. * Press the top edge of waterproof inner cap to remove it. Install the cap with the “TOP” faced upward.

How do you change the time on a Cateye Strada slim? ›

How to Set Time of Day | Cateye Strada Double Wireless - YouTube

How do you change the battery in a Cateye rear bike light? ›

Quick Tip #3 - How to Change the Batteries in your Rear Light

How do I reset my Cateye wireless? ›

Long press (2 sec.) 1 Clear all data. Press the AC button on the back of the computer. * All data is deleted and the computer is reset to its factory default settings.

How do you reset a cat's eye? ›

Press and hold the MODE and START/STOP buttons for 2 sec. in either the Elapsed Time, Trip Distance 1, Average Speed or Maximum Speed functions to reset these functions.

How do I pair my Cateye speed sensor? ›

  1. From the measurement screen, press MENU to switch to the menu screen. Measurement screen. Menu screen (Clock setting) ...
  2. Press MODE to display the screen shown below, and then press MODE for 2 seconds. (2 seconds) ​
  3. Activate the sensor that you want to pair. Activating the sensor. ...
  4. Press MENU to confirm pairing.

How do I pair my Cateye Velo Wireless? ›

Press the MODE button on the front of the computer. Press the AC button on the back of the computer. After full lighting of the screen, the computer switches to the speed unit setting screen to start setup. When the MODE button is pressed, either “km/h” or “mph” is selected for the speed unit display.

Videos

1. Cateye Strada Wireless - spoke magnet setup made easy
(Dennis Kwok)
2. CatEye Strada Slim Tech Video
(CatEye Bicycle Electronics (New))
3. Replace the Battery on a Cateye Strada Double Wireless Computer
(Inside Endurance Sports)
4. Cateye wireless computer install
(Caper Camper)
5. [4K] The Review On Cateye Strada Wireless Bike CycloComputer CC-RD300W.
(Ivans Bikes Bmws)
6. How to Set Time of Day | Cateye Strada Double Wireless
(Mile for the Camera)

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