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Shimano FLIGHT DECK SC-6500 or SC-6501???(12 posts)

Shimano FLIGHT DECK SC-6500 or SC-6501???Stephan
May 10, 2001 4:27 PM

Shimano's website and certain salesperson were not very helpful...So maybe that some of you know the answer to my question.

I have the Ultegra ST-6501 levers and 27 speeds. According to the Shimano website I will need the SM-6500 harness. I would like to buy a Flight Deck computer for my bike but it looks like (according to some reviewers) the newer model (SC-6501) is better than the older one (SC-6500).

Do you know if can use the SC-6501 with my ST-6501 levers, or do I have to use the SC-6500?

Thank you and have a nice day,

re: Shimano FLIGHT DECK SC-6500 or SC-6501???charleyadams
May 10, 2001 5:26 PM
I just bought a new bike with a 27 speed Ultegra. My LBS installed the SC-6501 on mine and love it. Like youself, I found researching it is hard and don't really know the differences. There is not much info put out on their webpage. Anyway, it works for me.

re: Shimano FLIGHT DECK SC-6500 or SC-6501???no excuses
May 10, 2001 7:35 PM
Not sure if its the difference, but newer bikes have one dimple for changing modes on each brake hood. Older bikes have two dimples on the right hood. The newer version is much more ergonomic i.e. less chance to inadvertently reset the computer while riding. I ended up upgrading my brake hoods ( at the advice of my LBS) so that I could get the newer model installed.
re: Shimano FLIGHT DECK SC-6500 or SC-6501???the_gormandizer
May 11, 2001 8:18 AM

I have a follow-on question. As a road bike newbie I just bought a Cannondale CAAD4 built-up with Ultegra, and I've had it for two weeks. The bike store I bought it from installed a SC-6500. Did they take advantage of me by giving me the older model, or is the 6501 so new that it might not have been available?

-- Paul
re: Shimano FLIGHT DECK SC-6500 or SC-6501???DrD
May 11, 2001 1:52 PM
The 6501 has been out for a while (I believe they still make and sell the 6500, though - it's still on the Shimano europe website, which also has the 6501). Mine was purchased at one of my local shops back at christmastime - so it's been out for at least that long.
re: Shimano FLIGHT DECK SC-6500 or SC-6501???Stephan
May 11, 2001 2:04 PM
Hi DrD,

Do you know if I can use the SC-6501 computer (with the SM-6500 harness) with my ST-6501 levers or do I have to use the SC-6500 one.

Thank you,

re: Shimano FLIGHT DECK SC-6500 or SC-6501???Jofa
May 11, 2001 3:42 PM
I'm using exactly that set-up, and it all works fine (just installed it today). I just checked the codes from the packaging: levers- 6501; Computer- 6501; sensor/ fitting kit- 6500. One button on either side. All happy. Hope this helps...
re: Shimano FLIGHT DECK SC-6500 or SC-6501???Stephan
May 11, 2001 6:44 PM
Hi Jofa,

Thank you for your answer I really appreciate it (and to all of the other guys too). Everything sound fine expect that on my ST-6501 levers my 2 buttons are on the same side (right hood). Do you think I would have to buy new hoods or the SC-6501 computer would still work with my current ones?

Thanks again,

re: Shimano FLIGHT DECK SC-6500 or SC-6501???DrD
May 11, 2001 7:53 PM
Based upon what's on the Shimano website (Shimano Europe - the US site blows for some reason... no info on new stuff - they have a picture of the 6501, but the info on wiring harnesses is 1999 vintage...) anyway - the system is composed of two components - the head unit (SC-6501 or SC-6500) and the wiring harness/sensor kit - the wire/sensor kit you need is determined by the levers you have, not the head unit - so both of the computers will work with any of them. Also - on the package which my computer came in it says "Note: Bracket/Sensor kit is not included. Please buy the bracket/sensor kit which is compatable with your bicycle separately."

So it sounds like as long as you have the bracket kit for your levers, you are pretty much good to go with the SC-6501 'puter.
re: Shimano FLIGHT DECK SC-6500 or SC-6501???Stephan
May 13, 2001 10:05 AM

Thank you for your info, it is so hard to get infos about the Flight Deck (even from LBS or .com sites)!

Have great rides,

already full, don't have the phone., but here's a web siteCory
May 10, 2001 6:02 PM
and here's the Web address I MEANT to sent: (nm)Cory
May 10, 2001 6:05 PM