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Flight Deck SC-6501 vs 6500(5 posts)

Flight Deck SC-6501 vs 6500the_gormandizer
May 11, 2001 7:41 AM
As a roadbike newbie, I recently (two weeks ago) bought a Cannondale CAAD4, built with Ultegra, from a BS. (It's not a "local" BS, since I live in the boonies of NH I have to drive 2 hours to the store.) Anyhow, they installed a Flight Deck for me, but it's the SC-6500 model. Having read about the improvements in the SC-6501, I was wondering if I should make a fuss about this. How long has the 6501 been out, and should I have epxected them to install it instead of a 6500? I'd hate to think they were taking advantage of me and just getting rid of the old stock. Since I have paid them a big chunk of change I would hope they have treated me right.
Same thought occured to meBrian C.
May 11, 2001 1:13 PM
Shimano should be ashamed of itself for letting that 6500 out the door. You can't even punch in your logged miles.
Haven't raised the issue with the LBS, although I should.
Maybe after the battery dies on the 6500 I'll buy a 6501.
How do you add your logged miles on the 6501?charleyadams
May 16, 2001 3:03 PM
I have the 6501, but my manual is for a 6500.

re: Flight Deck SC-6501 vs 6500Andy
May 12, 2001 5:57 PM
I would talk to someone at the bike ship and see if you can get the newer model. The SC-6500 is a real sore spot with me. I've heard most of the problems with the 6500 are fixed on the 6501.

My biggest problem is that the two buttons on my right shift lever get inadvertently pressed while riding with my hands on the hoods. Every time I look down at the display I'm in a different mode or the stop watch got started or stopped by accident. What a joke. I think Shimano should have a recall of the 6500.

If you don't have a problem with accidently pressing the function buttons, it may not be a big deal for you. Just remember, when the battery dies, so does your odometer milage.
re: Flight Deck SC-6501 vs 6500Marcy S
May 15, 2001 11:02 AM
I would be angry at your non-local BS. I have the 6500 and heard that the problems have been 'fixed' with the 6501. They should have informed you about the two different options and let YOU decide which model you want to purchase!
My advice to you is since you can't reprogram your miles, ave, max, time for each ride, keep a log and check your progress over time. This way when your battery dies, you will have all your information from past rides! This has saved me already two times!!!