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Switching garmin 800 from road bike to mtb...

RiggaRigga Posts: 939
edited March 2015 in MTB workshop & tech
Good evening,

Does the Garmin 800 work as a stand alone unit, ie with no speed or cadence sensors? I'd like to sometimes use it on the mtb but don't want to bother putting sensors and what not on the mtb. Would it just calculate the speed via the GPS?


  • crossedcrossed Posts: 237
    Yes, there's no need to use speed and cadence sensors as the GPS records speed and distance, just swap it between bikes as and when you need to.
  • RiggaRigga Posts: 939
    Great thanks, out of curiosity when the speed sensor is fitted, does it use the sensor or the gps to calculate the speed or is it a mixture of the two?
  • freezing77freezing77 Posts: 731
    Combination of both
  • peatpeat Posts: 1,242
    If you use Strava etc, you can set up different bikes with weights etc. I think that adds it into it's bogus power/effort calculations.
  • step83step83 Posts: 4,170
    The 800 has bike profiles so you can switch between the, easily enough. The profiles more for the candence sensor wheel sizes from what I can tell. Either way as mentioned if you use Strava you can swap the bikes over easy enough
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