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Flight deck & Ergo Brain systems.(6 posts)

Flight deck & Ergo Brain systems.tribiker
Oct 12, 2001 3:26 PM
Any one out there have any opinions on these systems?
Do they work well?
Can I use them on a stationary trainer?

I have not yet decided on Campy or Shimano for my new bike as of yet. Maybe this discussion will help.

Would like to see information on both systems.
re: Flight deck & Ergo Brain systems.grzy
Oct 12, 2001 4:04 PM
Anything that runs using a sensor/magnet on the front wheel isn't going to work to well on a staionary trainer, but will on rollers. Flight Deck works resonably well, but the weak part is the wires - just like any other wired device. Virtual cadence is nice since it keeps the bike free of clutter. Having the buttons in the hoods is kewl. Don't have much experince with the Ergobrain. I'm becomeing more of a fan of wireless systems - currently dig the Polar S710, but it's very pricey. In the final analysis I wouldn't base my component decision on the computer. Go for what fits and feels right - your budget may have an influence too. I stick with Shimano b/c it's cheaper and it's also widely used on MTB's so I can use the same tools.

Ultimately it's matter of personal choice although many will defend/criticize a manufacturer unitl the cows come home. It's your ride - enjoy it.
re: Flight deck & Ergo Brain systems.rib-eye
Oct 12, 2001 7:34 PM
I've used both. The Flight Deck functioned just as you wouild expect it would - flawless, although I didn't really like the "virtual" cadence. FL has pretty much basic computer features, except the hood mounted buttons make it easier to switch between functions.

A few quirks with the Ergo Brain, and the hood mounted buttons currently work about 75% of the time. Seems to be improving with break in time. Ergo Brain has more training type functions that I haven't even begun to use yet. The weirdest thing is that I farted around with a "problem" for a week when it was newly installed. Finally switched the computer coneections for the front sensor and the cadence sensor (even though they were installed EXACTLY as per install instructions). Problem solved.

Although I used Shimano Ultegra and DA for years I switched to Record this year on my new bike just for the experience. Not a single regret. I'm sure I'll be using Campy for years and years.
re: Flight deck & Ergo Brain systems.mapei
Oct 12, 2001 7:59 PM
It's largely depend on your preference. I have dealt with both systems, and I like neither. They have too many functions and both are a little bit bulky. My favorite is still Cateye Mity 3, really simple, it has all the useful info you want(except cadence), digits are large, and it's really samll, and more durable. Unless you need cadence, I would say go with Mity 3. However, if you just want to choose between the two computers, ErgoBrain is a little better made, and it's smarter. as far as component, I favor Shimano over Campognolo.
re: Flight deck & Ergo Brain systems.Pina
Oct 13, 2001 8:01 AM
Within a year I had 2 ErgoBrains malfunction on me.
stationary trainerfredfal
Oct 16, 2001 12:22 AM
If you're using a stationary trainer and you go with the wireless version (I have the wireless Flight Deck and I'm growing to like it a lot), you could always put the magnet and pickup on the rear wheel and seatstay.