Eurobike 2012: Cateye launch Stealth GPS bike computers

They're small and user friendly, and there's a new USB rechargeable headlight too

by Mat Brett   August 30, 2012  

Cateye Stealth 50

Cateye are launching new GPS bike computers called the Stealth 10 and the Stealth 50 which should be available early in 2013, and there’s a new USB rechargeable headlight called the Nano Shot + coming too with a 600 lumen output.

The Stealth computers aren’t Cateye’s first venture into GPS - they already have the Inou multisport computer – but they’ve never used GPS data for a cyclocomputer before.

They’ve kept things really simple for the user here, particularly with the Stealth 10. This unit is no bigger than a normal bike computer so it’ll sit unobtrusively on your bars or stem.

When you’re out on the road, you get just the data that most people use…

• Current, average and maximum speed
• Odometer
• Trip distance 1 & 2
• Elapsed time
• Clock

The advantage over a conventional system is that you don’t have to have an additional sensor on your bike – just the head unit – and you don’t have to input your tyre size.

The computers store up to 60 hours of data (depending on the logging interval you select) so that after your ride you can upload it all to Cateye’s dedicated Atlas website via a PC. You’ll also be able to upload it directly to the TrainingPeaks site and Cateye are hoping you’ll be able to upload direct to Strava too. Once there, you can check out your performance, look at your routes on Google maps and share your data with others.

The computers should be fully waterproof because there’s no socket to leak – you use a USB cradle for battery recharging and data download.

The Stealth 50 has the benefit of being ANT+ compatible so you can use it with a heart rate monitor strap, a cadence sensor and/or a power meter to get more information. This will be displayed on the screen and recorded for downloading later.

It all looks very simple so if you’re a technophobe who has been reluctant to get into the whole GPS thing before, this could be your route in.

UK prices have yet to be set but, to give you an indication, the US price for the Stealth 10 will be $120 and the Stealth 50 will be $150.

The Nano Shot + is a new Cateye light that has just come to market (we’ve reviewed the Nano Shot in the past).

It comes with a dual beam, has a 600 lumen output, and it’s USB rechargeable. Cateye reckon you get a 1.5hr runtime on high beam and 4hrs on low beam.

There’s also a ‘hyper constant’ mode which is continuous with a simultaneous blinking to get you noticed. This one runs for 2hrs. A three-level battery indicator tells you how much juice is left. This one is out there now and costs £99.99.

For more info go to Cateye’s website or UK importer Zyro.

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About time! Loved my old Strada Wireless, (reliable simple little unit) but now it just languishes in a draw since I decided I wanted GPS in my life and got a Forerunner... quick release mounts on all bikes and one unit I can use for everything - great.

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posted by Philx [37 posts]
30th August 2012 - 19:24

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> The computers should be fully waterproof because there’s no socket to leak – you use a USB cradle for battery recharging and data download.

I am confused: does it have a USB socket ?

posted by zoxed [62 posts]
30th August 2012 - 19:54

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You can run USB over things that aren't actual USB sockets - at a guess the cradle will contact some metal pads on the outside of the unit. If they're nicely sealed into the casing there's no route of ingress for water.

posted by steff [81 posts]
30th August 2012 - 22:48

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zoxed wrote:
> The computers should be fully waterproof because there’s no socket to leak – you use a USB cradle for battery recharging and data download.

I am confused: does it have a USB socket ?

Yes, what Steff said. The Stealth draws the charge from a USM socket but there's no socket on the unit - it sits in a cradle to recharge rather than having anything plug into it.

posted by Mat Brett [1668 posts]
31st August 2012 - 8:02

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Will be interested to see if the stealth 50 including HRM and cadence bits comes in much less than an equivalent Garmin 500 bundle. If so, I'll probably bite.

Dodging the saccadic masking

posted by notfastenough [2517 posts]
31st August 2012 - 9:44

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'Stealth' eh? I could have one on my R872-formally-known-as-Stealth-because-Shimano-has-the-copyright...

Or just stick with the Garmin

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posted by andylul [404 posts]
31st August 2012 - 11:15

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I'm just glad more and more brands are coming out, because at the end of the day more competition means more choice, more choice means hopefully competitin in Pricing, that will be better for the end consumer to choose best price and deal.

So over to Garmin etc if they keep high pricin there units people can now choose quite a few over Brands, I remember Nokia was top in Phone Biz, now look at them! watch out garmin and others, keep the features coming and price competitive not ridicolously Exspensive.

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posted by uksportives [30 posts]
31st August 2012 - 11:28

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but what's the light beam like. It's okay having 600 lumen but if it's not cast correctly it's all but useless.

Marky

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posted by Marky Legs [101 posts]
31st August 2012 - 11:53

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Philx wrote:
About time! Loved my old Strada Wireless, (reliable simple little unit) but now it just languishes in a draw since I decided I wanted GPS in my life and got a Forerunner... quick release mounts on all bikes and one unit I can use for everything - great.

My thoughts exactly, except I got a Dakota 20 instead of a Forerunner. I will be first in the queue for one of these.

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posted by Martin Thomas [549 posts]
31st August 2012 - 13:34

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