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Old 08-05-03, 07:43 PM   #1
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Shimano Flight Deck - Who is using it? Does it work well?

Shimano Flight Deck Who is using it? Does it work well? I am thinkig about buying it for my flight deck compatible road bike. I heard it is hard not to accidentally hit the buttons all the time. Is it very big?
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Old 08-05-03, 08:17 PM   #2
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It works OK, but the only reason to get one is if you need to know what cog and ring you are in with out looking down. You will also need to retape the bars to run the wires.
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Old 08-05-03, 08:17 PM   #3
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I'm using it. It has all the standard functions every other high-end computer has such as max/avg/current speed, trip-distance, odometer, time, stopwatch and auto-start/stop. It will also display your gear information both graphically and numerically. And it also has virtual cadence which doesn't use a crank sensor. It derives the cadence by back-calculating from your wheel rotation and your gear ratios. This of course means that the cadence is only accurate when you're actually loading the pedals. If you're freewheeling at all, it doesn't mean a thing.

I know several people who have complained about hitting the buttons accidently thereby resetting the counters or turning off the computer or other inedvertant actiuons but I've never done it. I've found that it takes quite a bit of pressure to activate the buttons. You have to make a conscious effort. Maybe I don't grip my hoods as tightly as some. I do have several criticisms about the computer which I have listed in past posts so I won't reiterate them here but my biggest criticism is probably that it's a bit easy to get lost in the various screens as there are so many of them. You have two modes and each has its own set of screens. Understanding the layout is key to navigating through the screens but you can still be spending too much time flipping through the same display over and over again because you've forgotten the layout.




The head unit is not very big. It's about the same size as the comparable Cateyes and Vettas which is to say that it's 1-3/4" square. The mount allows you to position it nicely out of the way. Here's how I have mine mounted.

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I'm using one on my MTB, I really like it.

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I'm using one on my MTB, I really like it.
I'm using it on my MTB too. I do wish the mount for my MTB were a bit nicer. Ideally I'd want it so I could tuck the computer down and in the back corner where the stem meets the bar to protect it more.



That said, I have taken quite a few tumbles with it on the MTB and it's survived without damage.
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I'm using it on my MTB too. I do wish the mount for my MTB were a bit nicer. Ideally I'd want it so I could tuck the computer down and in the back corner where the stem meets the bar to protect it more.

That said, I have taken quite a few tumbles with it on the MTB and it's survived without damage.
I agree, it does seem a little bit vulnerable out there.. but I've taken a few tumbles and never damaged it.
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seems a bit like hype IMO...But I just stick to HRM.
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Hype? Why do you say that?
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I have one on my road bike, and really like the cadence feature. It's also nice to have the control buttons built-in to the STI shifters.

Is it a bit expensive? Yes. Is is a bit more difficult to initially set-up? Yes. Is it worth it? IMHO - absolutely!
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I have the wireless Flight Deck and I love it.
Can't say that I have ever accidently hit any of the buttons and I'm all over the hoods.
Love the cadence feature.
Once I started checking the computer to see what gear I'm in and how many more I have I've never looked back at the cassette.
The stop watch feature is great.
Once I figured out what I was doing the entire installation and programing took me about 1 hour and that's only because I had to have everything just right.
Well worth the money to have the features.
I am very glad that I bought the wireless Flight Deck.
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Once I started checking the computer to see what gear I'm in and how many more I have I've never looked back at the cassette.
I thought getting the FlightDeck would cure me of the "look down between your legs" syndrom too but although not as often anymore, I still find myself habitually glancing down and back. Maybe I'm instinctively checking on something other than my cassette? :confused:
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It cured me, thats for sure. I love it!
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I have one as well on my 5200 and love it. Never accidently pressed any buttons. One sensor for all the features including cadence and gears is sweet. Easy to read display and mount is easily adjusted to any angle you could want, within reason.

Now thinking about putting one on my 1000 and MTB if it will fit on the MTB.

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Now thinking about putting one on my 1000 and MTB if it will fit on the MTB.
The only thing you need to be aware of is that there isn't a wireless version for the MTB shifter interface kit and unlike the wireless kit's mounting arm, the wired mounting arm doesn't give you a choice but to have it sticking up. Check out the above pictures to see what I mean.
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