Electronics, Lighting, & Gadgets - Is my bike Flight Deck compatible? How can I tell?
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04-28-08, 12:09 PM
Is there any way for me to know if my bike is Flight Deck compatible? I just bought the thing and I'm very proud of it. I don't have it with me because I bought it used and it's in the shop for a tune up.
I have chondromalacia in my knees and as a result I have to have a cadence sensor because it is important that I stay above 90. So I'm looking around at computers, and the Flight Deck seems like a pretty cool idea.
The problem is that I have no idea if my shifters are compatible. All I know is that my bike (a Kona Jake) was manufactured in 2005, and has Shimano Sora shifters.
Are ALL Shimano Sora shifters compatible? Or are only the very recent types compatible?
Does anyone know?
Help... I've got new bike obsession
04-28-08, 04:52 PM
No. Tiagra and lower aren't Flight Deck compatible; 105 and up are. You'll either need to resell that computer and get another brand with cadence, or get some 105 shifters. Or, learn some songs that you can sing in your head that have the right tempo (which is what I do sometimes, just for fun ;) ).
Not the Slowest
04-28-08, 04:52 PM
If they have STI shifters that are 9 speed you should be okay.
This computer was designed by Shimano to further integrate the biking experince. It extends the idea of Shimano's Total Integration (STI) and allows a visualization of shifting and computes a virtual cadence based on your gear ratio and speed. All functions are at the tip of your right thumb with Flight Deck compatible Shimano STI shifters. Featuring current speed, clock, trip time, trip distance, odometer, stopwatch, stopwatch-trip distance, stopwatch-average speed, stopwatch-max speed, virtual cadence, max speed, average speed, lap counter, gear number, gear indicator, gear ratio, current speed to average speed comparison, low battery display. Additionally, model 6501 offers four-bike programming )gearing and wheel size), number of chainrings, and gear size display (e.g., 53x12). Harness SM-6500 is compatible with Ultegra shifter ST-6501 and 105 Shifter ST-5500-C. Harness SM-6500-RS is compatible with levers ST-7700-C, ST-3300, and 4400 (Tiagra and Sora).
My Tiagra equipped Trek was Flitedeck compatible... it should say something to that effect on the shifters themselves, I do believe.
OTOH, if all you want is cadence, there's cheaper solutions. The whole flitedeck setup is a little pricey, around $80-90 or so.
You can do better, for less. For example, the Catey Strada wirelss with wired cadence is $38:
04-28-08, 08:24 PM
I was going off of the compatibility listing at Shimano's website.
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