Polar CS500 Cycle Computer with oversized display
- by Christopher Jones
- Published: 2 October 2009
The new Polar CS500 Cycle Computer features a large display and navigation by pressing down on the left or right side of the display. Released at Eurobike and Interbike this year, the CS500 also includes heart rate monitoring and a new handlebar mount.
While the over-sized display is a real eye catcher and will make it easier to quickly read and take in information while riding, the big new feature is operation via the “rocker switch” to navigate through the data. In comparison to often criticised small buttons on cycle computers – it is easier and safer to operate, even at high speeds.
A new mount called the Dual Lock Bike Mount is not plastic, rather metal. The CS500 also can read data from other (compatible) sensors and as such compiles speed, distance, cadence, and temperature, altitude, ascended/descended meters, and hill steepness. Keeping with the standards of top model current cycle computers – ride data can be logged using the DataLink data transfer unit and stored online (polarpersonaltrainer.com).
The 50 gram CS500 comes with either a (W.I.N.D) speed sensor or with the speed and cadence sensor. Expect the Polar CS500 to be available in Australia in Autumn 2010.
Polar products are distributed in Australia by Pursuit Performance.