HOLUX GPSport 260 Pro field review

HOLUX GPSport 260 Pro Review

First off, this unit is decidedly made for road bikes, not mountain bikes. It will work for mountain riders, but it’s more risky. Since I am a mountain biker, I used it for my test ride (Desert Classic Trail in South Mountain park), and the GPS functioned quite well.

Two things make this unit unfriendly for mountain bikers

1)The mount to the stem and headset is built for a road bike frame (the piece is too narrow to fit on a wider mountain bike stem). You’ll have to get a different mount to place the GPS unit on the frame.
2)The location of the sensor on the pedal/chainstay is dangerous when going over rocky terrain and could easily break the GPS

Road cyclists should not have these concerns, though.

Right off the bat, you have to choose between monitoring cadence and speed. This unit can function as either, but changing between the two mid-ride is not feasible without new zip ties and a pair of scissors or a knife. Since the unit must be mounted with locking zip-ties, this forces your hand. As a side-note, the zip-ties provided were too wide to fit inside the pedal-mounted sensor. I had to use some of my own (narrower) ties. The ties were fine on the chainstay-mounted sensor, though.

Since I currently have a bike computer that measures speed, I chose to test out the cadence monitor throughout my ride. Many endurance workouts revolve around maintaining a consistent effort, with perhaps some interval training. Tracking cadence in conjunction with the heart rate monitor is a great way to ensure an athlete is working at the correct level. This unit does a great job of monitoring that in conjunction with its heart rate monitor.

The interface of HOLUX GPSport 260 Pro took a little time to learn, but is straight-forward. Many options with tracking on the GPS looked interesting and useful.

I particularly liked the plot function on the GPS unit, which allowed me to track cadence over distance. As we were mountain biking in and out of steep washes in between relatively flat terrain, “spikes” and “dips” in our cadence became very evident on the small computer screen (where we had sped up or slowed down). I imagine road cyclists would show a much more even profile in this regard.

Regarding the accuracy of the GPS, it was pretty good. I also carried a Garmin 60 CSX unit in my Camelback on this ride to compare against the GPSport 260 Pro. When I turn the ‘tracking’ feature on the 60 CSX, that is programmed to take a reading every 10 seconds – I could not find how to adjust this on the GPSport 260 Pro, but there could be a way. The 60CSX showed slightly better spatial accuracy on the GPS track, but not by a significant margin. Since this GPSport 260 Pro unit is used for general tracking and doesn’t need to be a survey-grade GPS, I thought this accuracy was sufficient.

The software is pretty simple (sort of like Garmin’s MapSource), and I admittedly didn’t have time to test all of the tools and options. I was able to see the track of our ride, though.

Overall, I thought it served as a useful gadget, but definitely thought it would better serve road cyclists, which I assume is its target audience. It has similar functions to a more-traditional bike computer, but has the GPS functionality. One future suggestion: perhaps create a track file format that could be transferred between a number of different mapping platforms. Again, I didn’t have a lot of time to test this out, but from what I could see, this was a proprietary format. This could be by design, but I always find the ability to transfer to different formats a plus.

4 Responses to “HOLUX GPSport 260 Pro field review”

  1. Bill More Says:

    I think you should have spend more time checking this GPS.
    Mounting the unit: there is no problem mounting it on over size handle bar (31.8mm) or on the stem ( you will need 90mm stem and more).
    Location of the sensor: Cadence is mostly use by Road bike, MTB usually will not use it. Anyway, the location of the sensor cannot be in any other place.
    Accuracy: you can set the interval using the PC software.
    The GPSport 260 Pro has navigation capabilities which makes it a very efficient device for MTB riders.

  2. Ronnie Says:

    I don’t know your unit, but there is only a cadence included in my purchased package. You need to buy one extra sensor for speed.
    No manufacture will want users to cut the cable tie during a ride.
    This is VERY STRANGE comment!

    The bundled software ezTour Plus allows you to convert different format of files.

    The reviewer need to do more homework before posting! :)

  3. Juan Says:

    Hi, I have one question, does it come with the cadence sensor and pouch, as shown in the photos??

    Great review, as the one you did for the Holux 245.
    Thanks in advance,

  4. sean Says:

    Doesn’t the unit show speed via satellite anyways? Why do you need a separate sensor for speed?

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