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When the Flight Deck brifters fail

Old 03-20-18, 05:09 PM
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When the Flight Deck brifters fail

I'm starting to wonder what direction to go in when the said brifters fail. My originals were toast when we had our crash with the SUV back in Oct '14. Ric at House of Tandems had a floor model set in a drawer, and have worked fine. But...
There are a few NOS pieces still out there (virtually non-existent) and some pieces in varying in condition on fleabay. If you've moved on from Flight Deck, what and why did you go that route? Pluses, minuses?
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I'm starting to wonder what direction to go in when the said brifters fail. My originals were toast when we had our crash with the SUV back in Oct '14. Ric at House of Tandems had a floor model set in a drawer, and have worked fine. But...
There are a few NOS pieces still out there (virtually non-existent) and some pieces in varying in condition on fleabay. If you've moved on from Flight Deck, what and why did you go that route? Pluses, minuses?
We switched to Shimano 3x8 bar end shifters for durability. When those wore out, we went to Shimano 3x9 bar ends. After 3 sets of those I learned my lesson and went to SRAM 2x10 bar ends. I believe the Shimano models were SL BS-77; the SRAM ones are SL 900. I stuck with bar ends when switching to 2x10 because I thought we might miss the tighter cassette spacing of the triple. We normally have 52/34 chainrings and 11-42 cassette with a long cage SRAM X0 rear derailleur and SRAM Rival Yaw front derailleur. Shifting is pretty good, but sometimes the large gaps in the rear cog are a nuisance. We have an 11-34 cassette on hand for flatter rides.
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I love my Flight Deck. Don't know what I'd do without it. Guess I'll find out when my brifters go eventually. On a motorcycle, it was easy to keep track of where I was, but not so with 9 to 11 cogs. I don't know what people do.

I sure would be reluctant to give up the ability to shift out of the saddle.
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I upgraded an older Santana with 8 speed FD brifters. They were beat up and the hoods were on their last legs. I looked all over for hoods but struck out. I started looking for a set of NOS/lightly used Tiagra 4503 brifters to match my two half-road-bikes but they were very rare and expensive. I ended up buying a set of OEM bagged Tiagra 4603 3x10 levers with external shift cables and index window for $110 from Planet Cyclery on ebay. Takes a new cassette and chain but the derailleurs and chainrings work just fine. Except I upgraded the chainrings to more modern versions too for the shift ramps. Ebay is replete with NOS Shimano chainrings for cheap. Everything is well working after dorking around with the front derailleur. Mine had been bent to useless by years of LBS mechanic abuse so I replaced it.

4603 3x10 brifters $110
SRAM chain $20
Cassette $40
Chainrings $25
4603 frt derailleur $30

edit: or Claris 8 speed brifters with windows, ~$130:

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Old 03-21-18, 10:09 AM
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We never used Flight Deck on our old tandem, opting instead to use the Shimano inline indicator to display rear gear choice.


On the new, Di2 equipped tandem, the Shimano dFly transmitter pairs with our Garmin, which displays gear position.
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I too thought that I couldn't live without my Flight Deck, but Di2 and Garmin proved me wrong.
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