Garmin 205

Discussion in 'Downhill & Freeride' started by esr, Jan 6, 2008.

  1. esr

    esr Monkey

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    Hey,

    Just ordered one though it would be interesting to track my progress on the same course ove r a whole season.

    Anyone use one for downhill yet what sort or results did you get?
     
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  2. bizutch

    bizutch Delicate CUSTOM flower

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    Acadian will respond shortly.
     
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  3. Superdeft

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    have a look at motionbased.com, its possible to upload your data and get charts/graphs/statistics. A good online tool for garmin hardware and training
     
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  4. esr

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    Ya,

    Im really excited to use this tool.

    Even if just to do time practiced runs at races.

    and hey ill have trouble getting lost
     
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  5. motomike

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    which one is the 205? I can't seem to find it. I am using the eTrax Vista HCx. Its nice to have
     
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    Two guys I regularely ride with use the 205 and 305. Although the 205 was originally my GPS of choice since it had all the basic features I wanted, but didn't have the heart rate monitor and hefty price tag, I quickly changed my mind. On xc rides with both owners, the 205's elevation measurement was consistantly off by considerable ammounts, and if it ever dropped below a certain speed (like on very steep, long, slow climbs) then it stopped reading and the ride time/average speed/etc. were all thrown off. The 305 however, was far more accurate and overall seemed like a much nicer unit. It could have been chalked up to a faulty gps since I don't have numerous owners of the same gps on the same ride, but I have a feeling the 205 cuts a few more corners than just a lack of heart rate monitor for the pricetag.
     
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  7. Rick205

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    My 305 has the heart rate monitor and cadence sensor - when it looses GPS it just gets info from the speed sensor on the wheel so i never loose average ride time etc, its all wireless too so very neat.

    Not tried it on my DH bike but couldnt live without it now for xc and road.

    Rick
     
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  8. BillT

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    I just recently got a 305 and it is a cool tool. I could easily see using it to track times down your various DH courses with the provided software and the motionbased website.
     
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    I tried using the 305 a bit for DH but it doesn't read accurately enough for tracking DH runs. The fastest you can have it uplink is 1 sec. This isn't fast enough for a DH race track. Because it will sometimes loose GPS signal in dense trees or weather, it is hard to really use it as a tool for comparing times run vs run. You can't accurately see different line choices affecting times since the the GPS resolution is only up to 3 meters. Lastly, the standard mount is not solid enough for use on a DH bike. On the bar it is awkward and prone to being ripped off from a crash. On the top tube and you hit it w/ knee pads and you cannot access the controls to start/stop.

    Overall, EXCELLENT tool for XC and road, just not yet for DH. I'd say either those moto timers or the watch/wands are your best bets for DH personal DH timing.

    -ska todd
     
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  10. esr

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    Well my area isnt dense forest pretty open and I ore wnat it to track the run etc and give me a chart to look at to see progression etc over a season.