Review – Bryton Rider 330 Computer
When you think about GPS cycling computers, Bryton is likely not the first company to come to mind; however, that could possibly change. The Taiwanese company known as Bryton has ambitions to tackle the biggest GPS cycling computer companies head-on. Bryton currently offers a compete line of GPS computers and has plans to reach out into other markets, including fitness, outdoor adventure and athletic training. Bryton’s new Rider 330 is a lightweight, compact cycling computer with a simplistic design that makes it more affordable than the alternatives. For that reason, we decided to put the Rider 330 to the test to see if giving up some flashy features was worth saving a few bucks.
The Rider 330 supports up to 85 functions and claims to have the longest-lasting battery on the market with 36 hours of run-time. Bryton’s goal for the Rider 330, however, was not to bog down riders with touchscreens, fancy displays or irrelevant data; instead, they wanted to provide riders with the data they want and need at a competitive price point. The Rider 330 features wireless and Bluetooth connectivity, as well as the ability to sync with TrainingPeaks and Strava via Bryton’s mobile app. The 330 uses an auto dis- play that automatically shows sensors paired with the device, including cadence, heart rate and power. The Rider 330 also displays time, speed, distance, calories, altitude and much more. Anyone with a Di2 drivetrain will have the luxury of pairing their device in order to see information regarding drivetrain battery life, gear combos and gear ratios. The 330 is compatible with ANT+, allowing riders to use third-party sensors and power meters; however, Bryton recommends using its own sensors to ensure compatibility. The Rider 330 has a 1.8-inch Mono LCD screen and comes in a compact size. Bryton uses its own unique mounting system, similar to the ones used by their competitors, but with a more oval shape. Removing or mounting the computer is done by twisting the device a quarter turn. The Rider 330 can be purchased as a bundle for $190.
Field test results:
We unboxed our Rider 330 and found it came with some additional features, such as a heart-rate monitor and a cadence sensor; however, we chose not to run the cadence sensor on our full-suspension test bike. Also included in the box was a quick-start guide, a bar/ stem mount and, of course, the unit itself. The Rider 330 features three buttons that allow you to scroll through the different menus. These buttons took a little getting used to, but once we figured them out, scrolling through data or changing settings became quick and easy. Bryton’s mobile app allows riders to track their ride his- tory and makes it easy to sync data with third-party tracking apps. The Rider 330 is far from a top-of-the-line computer, lacking flashy features such as a well-lit colored screen; but, it makes up for it with a long-lasting battery and a competi- tive price. The 330 has a durable feel, and its mount held the unit in place well, even over rough terrain. If saving a few bucks by foregoing some top-notch features sounds like a good deal to you, then Bryton’s Rider 330 might suit you well. If having the cool- est GPS computer on the trail is more your style, then you may want to look elsewhere. That said, the Rider 330 is packed with plenty of features to geek out about and seamlessly syncs with Strava. What else could you really ask for? www.brytonsport.com
• Easy to use
• Value price
• Provides all the information riders want and need
• Not on the same level as competitors
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