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flight deckbikedoc
Mar 4, 2002 11:13 AM
I just purchased a new bike. I need a computer. The reviews on the flight deck have not been good. I use cadence for sure. I have ultegra so the wireless flight deck sounds attractive. Is this worth it or should I go to something else?
re: flight deckweiwentg
Mar 4, 2002 11:23 AM
well, the flight deck is pretty much worth it. there's no real need for wireless, imho - but if you have the cash, it's your call. the 6501 has no problem with ghost-shifting (showing shifts that you didn't make). so far (been around 1000 miles) it's been pretty reliable. the major problem I have is pressing the buttons with thick gloves and/or frozen thumbs. it also crapped out on me several times in the rain. the flight deck is definitely a good computer: you get cadence without having to run another wire to your cranks, plus a gear indicator.
Mar 4, 2002 2:30 PM
I have the 6501 head unit and wireless sender setup with about 3,000 miles. Works fine. All functions work as described. I ride in fairly wet conditions and find that the right button craps out in the rain. Its only happened a couple of times and not consistently. Also, the stop watch function, not trip time, only records up to 90 minutes. In other words it's useless and this default can't, at least I don't know how, be changed. As an Avocet user since the early 80's, this was a change but I definitely like the gear indicator and cadence features. If you don't need these features, look elsewhere.
re: flight deckfeathers mcgraw
Mar 4, 2002 2:33 PM
I've had nothing but good experiences so far. No ghost shifting, no problems in the rain. Gear display and cadence are great, especially for racing. Couldn't recommend it more strongly.
Mar 4, 2002 4:08 PM
You probably already know this, but in case you don't, FlightDeck cadence is calculated from gear and speed and not from a cadence sensor. Therefore, you have a cadence number display as long as you are moving even if your feet are not rotating. While this might seem like a weakness, I think its a strength. It tells you what gear to be in and when to start peddling as you reach the bottom of a descent.
have to agree with all the above...geof
Mar 4, 2002 8:02 PM
I have the 6500 unit and love it. No worries. If you install it yourself be a bit careful with the little sensor caps as you can over tighten them and goof up the connection. No biggy tho'. I'm going to get the 6501 head unit soon cuz I just switched to D/A shifters and I guess there are more features and it's a bit more accurate. Whatever, the 6500 works great...
have to agree with all the above...weiwentg
Mar 4, 2002 8:33 PM
AFAIK the only difference in features is that the 6501 is programmable for up to 4 bikes. they don't, unfortunately, tell you how to do this in the manual - I had to figure it out myself. most people can probably do without this.
thanks for resonsesbikedoc
Mar 5, 2002 6:40 AM
Thank you all for your responses. It is very helpful.
Side issue: What makes Flight Deck worth the hassle?cory
Mar 5, 2002 8:39 AM
No flame here, I'm just curious: What do you do with all the information you get with a Flight Deck? I've never used one, but there are posts all the time about what a pain they are to install and set up...I can't remember when I've ever needed to know what gear I was in, and if I DO need to know, I can look down at the derailleurs. What makes Flight Deck worth the hassle (if there IS a hassle)?
There isn'tDeanP
Mar 5, 2002 9:57 AM
a hassle. From box to bars in 25 mins (wired version). 10 mins to set up.

Cadence - usless in the big scheme of things, but interesting to know and to compare with other rider's styles etc, and to know if you are a masher or a spinner (if you can't tell anyway) or if you are following a training/recovery programme.

Gear indicator again estoeric interest only in general, though I have, when tired, mistaken my gear - 8 v 9 etc - useful then.

Like it says above, if you gotta have a computer, it's a nice one to have.
Hey, what did you decide on that D/A BB???nmGeof
Mar 5, 2002 8:02 PM
I got the BBweiwentg
Mar 6, 2002 4:55 AM
and decided to live with the maintenance issues. 50 grams probably means more to me than it does to you ;)
At 195... 50 grams is kind of superfulous...sp? good luck... nmg-money
Mar 6, 2002 11:40 AM
well, I'm 120 soaking wet :) thanks, nmweiwentg
Mar 7, 2002 7:26 PM