HOLUX GPSport 260 Pro second review

Like the first review, I did my first ride as a mountain ride with the HOLUX GPSport 260 Pro. I had some kinks to work out as I had not previously tested my mounting method. I did have issues as I mounted the unit on the bar, and not the stem. The GPS unit kept sliding around my bar every time I hit a bump. This was due to user error I must admit. At the time I did not realize the bracket was adaptable to both the bars and stem. Once I had remounted the GPS unit to the stem, I had no further problems regarding the mounting of the unit, or with the unit not staying put.

I tested HOLUX GPSport 260 Pro on some sections of tough singletrack trail in Sedona, Arizona. Aside from some user error from learning on the go, the unit did pretty well once I got the hang of the user interface. During this ride, I tried to use the unit with the speed sensor. Unfortunately, my bike’s chain stays are located too far from the wheel’s spokes to pick up the magnet and register the speed. However, I found the unit’s internal tracking to be sufficient and fairly accurate. If I had more time, I would have experimented to see if mounting the sensor on the front fork would have been sufficiently close to pick up the magnet. This is where I have mounted previous speed sensors before. The directions could be more informative in the mounting procedure regarding different bike types.

I also tested the heart rate monitor during my initial ride. The monitor worked quite well, but I found it to be quite hot after a couple of hours riding in the Arizona sun, and I shed it mid-ride. This isn’t unlike any other heart rate monitor I have worn before; it was just a warm day to have something around my chest. I felt that the unit worked well, and I was satisfied it was reporting accurately.

I wouldn’t recommend mounting the cadence sensor on a mountain bike, as the other reviewer stated. It is in a vulnerable spot on a mountain bike, the chainstay with the magnet on the crank arm. However, unless you are a road rider or serious cross country mountain bike racer, chances are that you don’t need to know your cadence. I think this position would be fine on a road bike, and the unit would be well-suited for the role.

I was surprised by the level of functionality of the unit. While riding, I used the unit in both plot and sport modes. I did find switching between the modes difficult to do while riding due to the sensitivity of the toggle button. Despite this however, the unit is quite capable. I was pleased to see how it plotted my track over the course of the 12 mile ride. When I compared it to Google Maps, which the software lets you do easily, the track was fairly accurate. Most of the error was induced by its point tracking every 6 seconds or so, and this was only noticed on switch backs or tight turns where the unit wasn’t tracking every data point. This is an acceptable error of course. I was quite pleased to see my plots of heart rate, elevation gain, distance, etc.

Overall, I found the software interface to be intuitive and functional. I liked how the tracks could be viewed easily in Google Earth. Since I lack any other GPS or GIS software on my computer, Google Earth is my primary tool.

In summary, HOLUX GPSport 260 Pro seems to be a good bang for the buck.

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