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Campagnolo Ergobrain(5 posts)

Campagnolo Ergobrainjanzen
Apr 28, 2003 9:05 AM
I'm building up a new road bike with Campy Chorus components and am considering the ergobrain. Cost is not an issue for this bike, but am I throwing my money away on features I won't use?

Apr 28, 2003 9:32 AM
I only got an ErgoBrain (EB) for Christmas.

I use cadence as my main screen. I find the gear indicator interesting, but not necessary. To gauge my fitness, it allows me to make a mental note if I climbed a hill in a 21 vs a 23. It also tells me that I need to tune my shifting. OK, it also stops me from crosschaining.

The secondary timer screen is great if you do any training. I use the STW (Stopwatch) screen as a secondary trip timer. For example: the main screen has an automatic stop/start function. The STW screen you start/stop with a button. I use the STW screen and manually start/stop the timer to get a proper mileage and avg speed indication on long rides. It allows me to start/stop the timer as I approach one of the 20+ stoplights/signs over my routes.

The gear development or gear inches I rarely use. Overall, I like it. But in all fairness, I'm a numbers nut. I love to see cadence, avg speed to the 1/100th, stopwatch times over sprints, gear development, etc...

I had a cateye astrale that finally died, hence the EB christmas present. FYI: Excelsports had them for $99.99 a couple of months ago.
No, not a waste of moneyDY
Apr 29, 2003 11:22 AM
If money is not an option then why no go for it. It is an integrated system and made to work with your components. I have one and I see two main reason to get it versus another brand.

1 - Buttons on the levers. With a Cateye or Avocet, you can not control the thing without taking a hand off the bars.

2 - Gear indicator. It is nice to know exactly what gear you are in with just a quick glance at the bard instead of a look through your legs back at the cassette.

I think those are two very good reasons to own it.
Good pointPaulCL
Apr 29, 2003 12:09 PM
I forgot to mention the buttons on the levers. Those alone are worth the price.
Good pointBaadDawg
Apr 29, 2003 5:47 PM
I have had a flitedeck for 2 weeks.

Buttons on levers and gear display.

Both excellent features worth the extra money.

Flitedeck is also wireless and virtual cadence not wired cadence.