- Mountain bikers love data, and digital devices go along on most rides.
- With the ease of contemporary Bluetooth data transfer, all riders have become more data literate – and addicted – regarding their mountain biking.
- But most cycling computers and head units are exposed to damage during a crash. And considering how expensive they are, replacement costs are an issue.
The humble cycling computer has evolved. A lot.
Where speed and distance were once considered adequate data markers, many of the latest cycling head units will a lot more. They can guide you on unfamiliar routes. Coach you during a ride. And flood your Smartphone with pro-team levels of data, when you are done.
More processing power and greater battery endurance are improvements the cycling industry has inherited from a demanding consumer electronics industry. With Smartphones and wearables pressuring electronic engineers to deliver better battery life and packaging, cyclists have benefited from an evolved pool of data tracking hardware.
For all their usefulness and adaptability, most cycling computers share a common weakness: fragility. They might be robustly weather-sealed, diligently guiding riders through even the most intense rainstorm, but cycling computers are vulnerable when you crash.
CoreCap is a Slovenian tech start-up, that recognises the vulnerability of a stem mounted cycling computer. It has created an alternative without sacrificing features.
Inside, instead of on top
Using 'empty' space on a mountain bike isn’t new. For years, industrial designers have been producing tools that can mount on a pop-up spring in the fork steerer. Following the same trend, the CoreCap team has shrunk the traditional cycling computer to take the place of your mountain bike’s top cap.
Although the 1.3” round screen is smaller than many leading cycling computers, it has a radial menu selector wheel, for ease of use.
The usual rider metric such as speed, altitude and distance are displayed. But riders can also select turn-by-turn GPS navigation with notifications.
It is light and can do a lot
CoreCap’s integrated bike computer can output ride data to an app (configured for Android and IOS), concurrent with Strava, Google maps, GoPro and Komoot.
The CoreCap cycling computer features a barometric sensor, guaranteeing accurate altitude data – something which is often an issue of annoying discrepancy with Smartphones as ride computers.
CoreCap’s integrated bike computer might be small, but it relays all the data you need. And if you do have a moment on the trails and crash, it won’t trigger damage anxiety.
Weighing only 185g, the CoreCap has 80 hours of active ride time endurance.