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Campagnolo Ergo Brain Computer vs. Sigma BC 1400 - Opinions?(4 posts)

Campagnolo Ergo Brain Computer vs. Sigma BC 1400 - Opinions?Dimitri
May 22, 2001 8:48 PM
I am looking for a new computer to go with my new bicycle and since I was considering getting a Chorus group, the idea of getting the matching computer (Ergo Brain) appealed to me. Ofcourse the cost is high, but I thought it is a one time cost.

Can someone provide me with some feedback on the computer? Things they like or dislike?

Alternatively, I have been considering the Sigma BC-1400 with wireless option. Does anyone know if the cadence function is also wireless? That would be ideal since I could avoid having to run the cadence cable down the downtube.

Regards,
Dimitri
Porsche or Yugo?Spoke Wrench
May 23, 2001 7:40 AM
I'm not a fan of Sigma Sport cadence computers. Not only is it a wired set up, but the cadence connection to the computer head is one of the cheesiest things I've ever seen on a bicycle. My experience with the Sigma Sport wireless has been OK, but I'd schedule at least an hour if this is the first one you've installed. Basically, the position of the sensor relative to the magnet is real picky and the position of the head relative to the sensor is line-of-sight.

I've never installed an Ergo Brain so I can't say if it has any pecularities.
check campyonly.com for detailed info on EB...vram
May 23, 2001 11:41 AM
You would have to dedicate a whole day for installing the Ergo Brain from what I hear. But it is crammed with all kinds of features that most other computers don't have and you may never use. The best part about the EB I like is that you can cycle through the display without having to remove your hands from your hoods/drops--riding in a paceline, this is feature you will appreciate. I also like the cadence magnet slot in the campy pro-fit pedals that provides a neat solution to taping magnet on crankarm.

Some useful features--stopwatch that will record speed, distance and time for a particular segment. Cadence is real cadence rather than virtual cadence like in the ShimaNO fltdeck.
re: Campagnolo Ergo Brain Computer vs. Sigma BC 1400 - Opinions?Enrique Diaz
May 24, 2001 12:51 PM
Dimitri,

I think that the only way to go totally wireless cadence included, is Polar HRM/Computer (the new S-510 or the Xtrainer plus ).
Returning to your original 2 options, I would say: " it depends on which features you really need !! If it is indispensable for you to know at a glance on which gear combination you are riding, then you have to go with Ergobrain, but if what you need is a computer that is cheap, reliable and one of the most used in the Pro- Peloton in Europe, then you should choose Sigma. Almost 6 or 7 out of ten first div. Teams, use Sigma ( wired )
There is no chance to go totally wireless w/ Sigma (cadence included ) but if the cadence feature is not terribly important for you, and you prefer the clean look of wireless, then nothing beats Sigma w/ the new RCS Plus transmitter. Very dependable.