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ErgoBrain or FlightDeck?(5 posts)

ErgoBrain or FlightDeck?Norem
Aug 20, 2001 11:14 PM
Hello Cyclists,

I'm shopping around for a computer for my future bike (shimano or Campy equipped).
Does anyone have an opinion on Campy's Ergobrain or the Shimano FlightDeck? Or is there another product out there that is worthy of good money?

uh oh...Duane Gran
Aug 21, 2001 5:41 AM
You may have opened up a can of worms by mentioning shimano and campy in the same sentence. Oops.. I just did it too. Flog me now.

Seriously though, I use the FlightDeck and like it very much. You can find a somewhat biased review of the ErgoBrain at Most people choose these systems because they integrate nicely into the hoods and display your gearing. Retro grouches hate computers enough, and I'm sure they don't like that at all, but I have found it convenient and when I ride without the computer I still know what gear I'm using. It was helpful in my formative days of riding though.

If I can draw one big comparison between the systems, the Shimano model does a virtual cadence calculation based on your gearing and speed while the Campy version uses a cadense sensor. Personally, I like the virtual method as there are less wires and junk on the bike.

The bottom line is that both work well and your larger decision is which group to get. Best of luck in your decision, but by all means please don't ask the forum for opinions on the groupos. It is a tired old debate which brings out the worst in people.
re: ErgoBrain or FlightDeck?MikeC
Aug 21, 2001 7:42 AM
I had a FlightDeck on my Shimano bike, and I have an ErgoBrain on my Campy bike. I agree with Duane that the FlightDeck Virtual Cadence works fine, and I loved having no wire running back to my chainstay. On the other hand, I much prefer the ErgoBrain hood buttons, which feel more precise to me. I also have accidently reset the FlightDeck several times by accidently pressing the buttons while riding the hoods (as have many other FlightDeck users I know personally); that won't happen with the ErgoBrain.
The ErgoBrain is a genuine pain in the butt to set up initially, and it may sometimes identify the wrong cog for its visual display, and need re-calibrating. But I still prefer it overall, and I also like the backlight that the ErgoBrain 10 has, because I ride in the dark a lot.
Both wouldAtombomber
Aug 21, 2001 7:11 PM
drive me nuts. My fingers are constantly toughing the FLightdeck buttons (or where they would be if they were setup). I have a Vetta RT-88 wireless, and it has been perfect. There is no cadence feature and it does not show what gear one is in, but all other functions are present. Plus, it does not interfere with my older Polar VantageXL HRM, like the Cateye Corlless2 did.
Gotta be carefulchris zeller
Aug 24, 2001 1:22 PM
I know what you mean. I always hit the left (stop) button on my trip timer! Doh! I know I should pay more atention to the road but when I'm riding a new loop I like to know how long I've gone and it is a little annoying. The gearing is nice though.