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Knog are undoubtedly an innovative brand with some fantastic ideas and some equally curious monikers. However for all the N.E.R.D’s many charms, more traditional wireless computers have the edge if value for money is your highest priority.
The brand have continued the theme of its lighting range and applied it to computers. Available in a choice of four colours (red, white, blue and black) both head unit and fork sensor are cloaked in medical silicone, which not only makes for an extremely manipulative and secure means of attachment but also provides excellent weather-proofing. It took me eight minutes to install and calibrate the unit for two bikes; such is the intelligence of the design. The only tool required was a Philips screwdriver for the spoke magnet – so remember to take both head and sensor with you when locking in the street.
It won’t make the tea but there are the usual functions and a few that might pleasantly surprise. There’s current, average and maximum speed, a choice of 12/24hr clock, trip and day distance, total riding time, odometer, low battery indicator, backlight and scanning where all the modes rotate on a loop. Relative speed is basically a posh pacer arrow in the form of a bar graph allowing comparison between present output and average speed. Fun, if a little Geeky and something to bore the rest of the ride group with at rest stops.
Substantial size and crystal clear display coupled with the backlight means it’s a doddle to read which is great news for anyone but particularly time trailists and triathletes using tri bars. Despite using other brands spoke magnets and testing in close proximity to both electricity substations and phase one nuclear power stations, readouts proved consistently accurate. This leads me to conclude the silicone helps block radio interference that drove early wireless models haywire.
Great design and a delight to use but pricey
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Make and model: Knog N.E.R.D
Size tested: Std
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 NERD is a twelve function wireless computer that is both chic, easy to use and even simpler to install.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Most unique feature is the use of medical grade silicon making it so, so simple to fit. It also improves weather protection and guards against electro-magnetic interference.
Very well made.
Silcon gives additional protection from the elements.
Looks pricey compared with traditional twelve function wireless units.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
The Nerd is as pleasant to use as it is easy on the eye. Crystal clear display eliminates the need for peering and moving between modes couldn't be easier. Twelve functions should be ample for general riding and two bike callibration might be just the thing should your race and winter mounts share computers.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Clear, simple, yet informative display, ease of fit, weather protection, accuracy and style.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Aside from being slightly expensive, nothing.
Did you enjoy using the product? Immensely
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Possibly
Age: 35 Height: 1m 81 Weight: 70 kilos
I usually ride: Rough Stuff Tourer Based around 4130 Univega mtb Frameset My best bike is: 1955 Holdsworth Road Path and several others including cross & traditional road
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: cyclo cross, commuting, touring, fixed/singlespeed, mtb,
Shaun Audane is a freelance writer/product tester with over twenty-eight years riding experience, the last twelve (120,000 miles) spent putting bikes and kit through their paces for a variety of publications. Previous generations of his family worked at manufacturing's sharp end, thus Shaun can weld, has a sound understanding of frame building practice and a preference for steel or titanium framesets.
Citing Richard Ballantine and an Au pair as his earliest cycling influences, he is presently writing a cycling book with particular focus upon women, families and disabled audiences (Having been a registered care manager and coached children at Herne Hill Velodrome in earlier careers)