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Old 04-05-06, 02:44 PM   #1
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Gents,

I'm still tossing around several (economical) alternates (costing) to upgrading my 105-9spd. to a 10spd.

Shimano has dropped last years 2005 model info and a site search was unfruitful and so too was a Google search.

If I do a Campy upgrade I'm gonna lose my FlightDeck.($150.CDN) for sure, of which I am reluctant to do. I could still lose it going to a 10spd. Shimano but I can't find any specific info on the subject.

I currently have a Shimano 105-9spd./trpl.with #ST-5500 levers and a Shimano FlightDeck #SC-6501.

I'm contemplating upgrading to the Ultegra 10spd. #6603 levers, etc.

Does anyone know if the SC-6501 FlightDeck will still work with the #6603 Ultegra 10spd. brifters or not?

Thanks.

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Old 04-05-06, 10:00 PM   #2
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Does anyone know if the SC-6501 FlightDeck will still work with the #6603 Ultegra 10spd. brifters or not?
Kinda. You'll definitely need at least the SM-SC70 bracket/sensor unit ($75-85 online) for 10-speed levers, but I think the head unit you have will be compatible (not totally sure).

No reason you couldn't run Campy's ErgoBrain computer ($145-200 online) and Ergo levers with an otherwise Shimano drivetrain (and the ShiftMate). That would give you all the same functions as Flight Deck without tying you to Shimano. I do like Flight Deck's implementation better than ErgoBrain, especially the virtual cadence. But even though the Flight Deck is a really nice computer, I don't think any computer would influence my component selection much.
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Old 04-06-06, 08:03 AM   #3
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Kinda. You'll definitely need at least the SM-SC70 bracket/sensor unit ($75-85 online) for 10-speed levers, but I think the head unit you have will be compatible (not totally sure).

No reason you couldn't run Campy's ErgoBrain computer ($145-200 online) and Ergo levers with an otherwise Shimano drivetrain (and the ShiftMate). That would give you all the same functions as Flight Deck without tying you to Shimano. I do like Flight Deck's implementation better than ErgoBrain, especially the virtual cadence. But even though the Flight Deck is a really nice computer, I don't think any computer would influence my component selection much.

Thanx juicemouse!

I received a PM-e-mail that confirms, YES a new 10spd. brkt./sensor is needed, and YES the #6501 head IS compatible with an upgraded 10spd. setup.

What I'm discovering as a relative newcomer, is all the permutations of Campy and Shimano combinations that are workable. The constraining issue is one that plagues many of us, CASH. With the exception of the ShiftMate route, most upgrade combos, whether partial or full, are costing out about the same, with Campy slightly lower. Along with my newly discovered appreciation of Campagnalo HW, the Vento wheelset is quite impressive over the Alex.

So, I've gotta decide whether to build/upgrade on the current Shimano platform or the Frankenbike mixed conversion to the Campagnola camp........and/or wait until part repair/replacement time.

Meanwhile, thank you all for the assistance with the steep learning curve.
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