Cheap HRM Availability

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John Everett

Many years ago I equipped one of my first bikes with a Vetta HR1000. These early units developed a
terrible reputation, not only because the transmitter straps leaked sweat but because a firmware
glitch caused the heads to "lock up" occasionally.

Vetta got their supplier to improve the transmitter seals, but the die was cast and they eventually
replaced the HR1000 with (IIRC) the HR50.

I figured out how to prevent the locking up problem; and with improved transmitters (and other
brands transmitters that were compatible) I eventually equipped three of my bikes with HR1000s. A
couple of these have been working for over ten years.

Then several years ago SuperGo introduced their HRM1000, a rebadged HR1000. The only difference, the
colors of the buttons changed. Best part, they sold these as cheap as $29.95(US). I now have these
on two of my bikes.

Last summer I noticed that the HRM1000 had disappeared from the SuperGo web site/catalog. An inquiry
got this response, "Thanks for your question. It has been removed from our site because it has been
discontinued ,we can no longer get this model from our supplier in Taiwan(same co. as Vetta got
their's from) We are selling the HRM2000 model only."

Does anyone (particularly anyone in the industry) know if anyone else is now OEMing these HRMs? It
would be a shame if these really cost efffective (and pretty bullet-proof) units were no longer
available anywhere.

Like every other product produced and sold in America, they decided to 'upgrade' and 're-design' the original model making it obsolete so they can sell the new one for more $$$...
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