The products reviewed below are items we have used and tested in numerous trailquest (mountain bike orienteering) events or have used ourselves for general mountain biking.
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Finding an optimal route that can be achieved in the time allowed is one of the hardest skills to master in Trailquesting, but if you find a shorter route than your competitors, the chances are you will beat even riders who are fitter than you. A Map Measurer is an essential device enabling you to compare and evaluate routes.
We look at the Silva Map Measurer Plus, a digital map measurer designed to solve exactly this challenge.
A quality compass is an essential Trailquesting tool, but to work most effectively it needs to be level and in-view all the time.
The Silva 19L Clip-on compass is a simple, but accurate instrument designed to be clipped to a map board. Our review assess how useful the Silva 19L compass is for use in a Trailquest.
The Mapdec SquareDec Map Board is a simple but effective product at an affordable price. The board is ideally sized for A4 maps and and can be rotated through 360 degrees.
We review this new this new entry to the map board market and its suitability for use in Midland Trailquests events.
We've recently got our hands on the brand new GPS cycling computers from Brytonsport and have been very impressed with the design, build quality and ease of use.
The Rider 50 features a 2.2" colour screen, mapping, electronic compass and barometer. The displays are highly customisable and it has the ability to connect to ANT+ HRM and cadence sensors. Our full review looks at all the features of the Rider 50 and assesses it for general training use and use in a Trailquest.
Little brother of the Rider 50, the Bryton Rider 30 is highly impressive device that packs many of the features of the Rider 50 into a smaller package.
It features a 1.9" monochrome screen, high sensitivity GPS receiver, customisable displays, reads ANT+ sensors and allows planning and execution of advanced training sessions. If you can live without the maps, compass and barometer you may prefer this more compact version.
If you love riding your bike in new and exciting places, checking out where the organiser might put the controls in the next event, or looking back at where your route actually took you, then computer based mapping software may be just the thing for you.
Although there are several alternatives on the market, the mapping can be quite expensive, especially if like us, you love the detail afforded by 1:25K Ordnance Survey maps. Of the various suppliers, Anquet Maps offer several features that are ahead of their competitors as well as representing the cheapest way of acquiring mapping with the ability to specify maps down to individual 1km squares. Anquet also run frequent special offers, further improving affordability.