Published on August 28th, 2014 | by Greg

Sigma ROX 10.0: A Cycling GPS With Everything!

If you’re a serious cyclist, chances are that you’ve tried your fair share of fitness trackers and biking computers. Most of them do a pretty good job of telling you some basic information- how far you’ve gone, maybe calories and elevation, perhaps even some helpful data like speed. But few of them offer a complete solution, and the ones that are more advanced typically require you to give up your smartphone or take it with you and potentially ruin it or damage it.

The Sigma ROX 10.0 GPS is Sigma’s first cycling computer with a built-in GPS receiver, allowing total route navigation and sophisticated planning and mapping software. But that’s not all- the model also includes full ANT+ wireless transmission technology, allowing you to connect your biking computer to a heart rate monitor (chest strap) and allowing you to keep an eye on your vital signs as well. There’s a digital three-axis compass, a thermometer for accurate temperature readings, and you can record and view statistics like your gradient, rate of ascent, and cadence thanks to a separate additional sensor as well. Their intelligent altitude calibration made for far more precise readings in our tests too. The ROX 10.0 GPS has everything, plus the kitchen sink. And it connects it all together, without the lengthy delays or difficulties we’ve seen in some GPS-enabled units.

But that’s a lot to cram into one device, and it can be a bit complicated to use. Installation isn’t too bad, similar to other multi-sensor models- you’ll have to attach a two-piece spoke clamp on your wheels and a separate magnetic pedal and cadence sensor set, and once setup we found it quite stable. The instructions for the device aren’t always clear though, and the representations of your location on-screen are often vague, abstract in a puzzling way. The user interface also couldn’t be described as straightforward or simple, and the simple LCD black-and-white display isn’t high enough resolution (or large enough) to really showcase all of the features, nor is it easy to read in the daytime with sunglasses on. Unlike some others, there’s no turn-by-turn routing either. Thankfully, you don’t need to rely totally on the device itself- the real beauty of the system comes when you connect it to a computer and transfer/upload your rides. Then you can enjoy all of the benefits of the Sigma Data Center, which is both easy to use and offers plenty of eye candy and well-organized information. Plus, you do get a lot of information on your fingertips, and you’re probably not going to use the ROX 10.0 while climbing hills that often anyway.

Everything felt well-built, and held up well over a few rides. Buttons were solid- maybe too solid, in fact, as they proved a bit hard to press. Battery recharging is easily handled via USB and a regular cable, and the ROX 10.0 GPS can get around 13 hours of use before needing more juice. We liked the new handlebar mount (unique to this model), and also appreciate the two available colors (black and white, ours was the paler version). For serious enthusiasts who want a GPS but who are tired of relying on their phones, the latest from Sigma is just right- it’s sophisticated and incredibly powerful once you learn the quirks. Available now, online and in stores, for around $250.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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