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May 11, 2003 12:11 PM
Seen as though i might be about to buy a new bike with ultegra shifters, and therefore flight deck controls, I was wondering if i should take advantage of this and buy a flight deck computer. I'm willing to spend the money to buy this over cheaper computers, but only if the shimano flight deck is accurate and reliable. Can anyone give advice or any alternatives for relaibility and accuracy above most. Comments and help appreciated
re: ComputersAkirasho
May 11, 2003 2:20 PM
... in my experience, Flight Deck is as reliable and accurate as any other brand... the only caveat is in getting the proper wiring harness for your levers.

First generation Flight Deck had both mode buttons on the right hood (indicated by two dimples on said... with none on the left). Second generation Flight Deck had one mode button on each of the levers (indicated by one dimple on each hood). The mod for the second generation were made cuz folks were accidentally turning off or resetting the computer when the buttons were so close together (I still have first generation models as well as the new, but am used to them... and rarely reset the 'puter).

Also note, that first generation Ultegra 9 levers came in both Flight Deck and non Flight Deck models... there's no way to actuate the buttons from the levers on the latter... and to my knowledge, no way of "upgrading" them. Make sure your levers say "Flight Deck" on them.

Be the bike.
re: ComputersBaadDawg
May 11, 2003 4:35 PM
I got the flitedeck on my new ultegra bike about 3 weeks ago and I love it. I got the wireless one.

Bit tuf figuring out how to program it because the instructions suck but not hard to get used to once you fiddle with it.

Main advantages over non dedicated units are:
a) Gear indicator shows you what gear combo you are in. There is an always on diagram and a numerical gear combo which flashes for 2 seconds after every shift.
b) Changing modes are done from the buttons on the brake hoods so you don't have to take your hands off the hoods.

If neither of these features are important to you then get another brand because most are quite a bit cheaper. Cadence is virtual and does not have a pedal sensor. Its fine for me, my old computer had a wired cadence which is good on the trainer, but I am not using my new bike on the trainer.

If you will be using this bike on a trainer the flitedeck is useless since it gets its readings off the front wheel only.
re: Computersmindgam3
May 11, 2003 11:12 PM
thanks alot, very useful and looks like i might invest in a flight deck then as soon as I put my order through for my Trek. Anyone else had exeriences with the flight deck?