Sena’s Spider ST1 and RT1 intercom systems are designed to be affordable option

Both the Spider ST1 and Spider RT1 make use, exclusively, of Sena’s Mesh 2.0 intercom platform, but feature ergonomic and visual differences.

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The Mesh 2.0 platform first appeared in Sena products with the 50S and 50R headsets, and “streamlines rider-to-rider communication for large and small groups and now delivers that same robust reliability for all Spider ST1 and RT1 users,” Sena says. “The Spider ST1 and RT1 are compatible with all Sena Mesh 2.0-equipped devices, including the 50S, 50R, 30K, and any Sena Bluetooth device that is connected to the +Mesh Adapter.”

Both the ST1 and RT1 also feature two different intercom modes, with Group Mesh and Multi-Channel Open Mesh for private groups of between six and 24 riders across up to eight kilometres. The only way to join a Group Mesh group is via invite, enhancing privacy.

In comparison, Open Mesh allows for communication between “virtually any number of participants in the Mesh 2.0 network within a range of up to 5 miles / 8 km,” according to Sena. Open Mesh also features multi-channel options, with nine frequencies available to switch between. 

Open Mesh and Group Mesh can both be configured via the Sena Motorcycle App, where it is also possible to configure the device settings for both the ST1 and RT1.

Both the ST1 and RT1 also feature Bluetooth 5.1 connectivity, allowing users of either device to connect it to their smartphone to stream music, take phone calls or listen to GPS directions through the ST1 or RT1’s “premium HD speakers, which provide a marked increase in volume, bass boost, and clarity,” says Sena. 

Furthermore, both devices are equipped with Sena’s Audio Multitasking technology, allowing users to have conversations while operating their phone’s Bluetooth features, such as music or GPS.

The differences between the ST1 and RT1 are quite straightforward and fundamentally ergonomic. The ST1 features a dial system to operate the device, while the RT1 features a three-button interface.

Both the Spider ST1 and Spider RT1 are available on the Sena website now and will retail for €229, or around £200. Alternatively, both can be bought in a “dual pack” for €419, or around £360.