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Installing flight deckIAM
Jan 25, 2002 8:49 AM
I bought a flight deck and am waiting for it to be delivered.

Could anyone tell me how hard they are to install? I couldn't find any installation instructions on the shimano site and was just wondering what I've got myself into.

Looking forward to it either way.
You are in for a treat...TJeanloz
Jan 25, 2002 8:57 AM
The Flight Deck is without a doubt, one of the coolest computers out there, it is also one of the hardest to install. Block out a couple of hours to do the surgery.

You have to remove the top section of handlebar tape, pull back the brake hoods and pop a little piece into a recess in the lever. This is much easier said than done. Then you have to re-tape, and mount up the computer and front wheel sensor. It isn't easy, but it is well worth it.
Trick or Treatgrzy
Jan 25, 2002 10:03 AM
A couple hours?! I guess it varies by individual and it's better to allow more time than less. I honestly can't see it taking a whole hour including retaping the bars. Now learning how to use the computer and get the settings right will take some time, but that can be done off-line. In my experience the peeling the tape back method uses up the sticky on tape like the Cinelli Cork and it ends up coming off so I just spend the $15 and get fresh tape. It's much faster if you're not trying to be careful and reuse the tape. Of course this may necessitate the whole bar taping discussion again.

A word to the wise would be to read the whole manual before breaking out the tools - very "anit-guy", but it's worth it.
Whole shebang,TJeanloz
Jan 25, 2002 10:10 AM
The couple of hours includes at least 45 minutes trying to set the thing. After you've done the procedure once, you can probably shave it down to a 1/2 hour process, but a first time surgeon? I'm sticking with my original time estimate.
Agreed (nm)grzy
Jan 25, 2002 10:44 AM
re: Installing flight deckMikeC
Jan 25, 2002 4:00 PM
Let's put it in context: 1 hour for my Flight Deck, 3 hours for my Ergobrain...
The biggest problem...nee Spoke Wrench
Jan 26, 2002 5:40 AM
is that the Flite Deck head and wire harness are sold separately.

The first trick is to get the right harness for your application. Shimano complicates this task by offering one labeled "Universal." You DON'T want that one because it doesn't provide the cool gear indicator and virtual cadence functions. Newer road bikes need either the SM-6500RS or SM-6501 (wireless) harness. If your right hood has two bumps, you need the SM-6500 (no suffix)harness.

The second issue is that the instructions for installation come with the wire harness not the head. This wouldn't be so bad except that there are two different head units that have slightly different programming and operating procedures. If you telephone, Shimano will fax you the appropriate 8 pages of instructions printed in a language of your choice.

I've got two of them and I love them. I seldom sell a Shimano equipped road bike without an add on a Flite Deck computer. They take me about 45 minutes to install, but I've done enough that I can program the head without having to refer to the instructions. I do think, however, that this is a product that should have been a home run and Shimano screwed it up badly enough to make it a ground rule double.
Not an issueTony
Jan 28, 2002 3:41 AM
I am no mech genius, but it took me 20 mins to fit the thing, and about 10 to programme it. You are only talking 5 screws and a few twists of bar tape, and a couple of cable clips. Just don't forget to bend out the little tabs inside the levers before you fit the sensors, so that you get a good contact.

1/2 hour all-in, had worked flawlessly ever since, and it's a good bit of equipment, esp the (virtual) cadence function.