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Ergobrain(6 posts)

Ergobrain1st Time Camper
Aug 12, 2001 5:08 PM
Just ordered a bike with full Record from a former Shimano only user. I am also considering the Ergobrain. Any thoughts? Otherwise, any other computer with cadence?
re: ErgobrainDMoore
Aug 12, 2001 9:09 PM
For a detailed review, regarding both installation and use of the Ergobrain, go to www.campyonly.com

I've had one for several months, but the darned things seems so complicated to install, especially compared to the Avocets that I'm used to, that it's still sitting in the box. Someday...
re: ErgobrainLuis
Aug 12, 2001 10:22 PM
I've had the 9 speed Ergobrain since they came out. I'm a B- mechanic, and had no problem getting it installed. I like the location out in front of the bars, but the "what gear are you in" feature is inaccurate and, when it's right, hard to read. The buttons on the hoods don't seem to work too well; I think the problem is with getting the rubber covers located right over the button, but still....

If (when) I had (have) it to do over, I'd pass on the Ergobrain and get something less expensive, less needlessly complicated, and easier to use. It's a nice idea, but it didn't come together in practice.
Agree!Shad
Aug 13, 2001 8:08 AM
I have the 10 speed Ergobrain and have to agree with Luis. The gear indicator display has been completely unreliable for me. It may work for a while, and then stop working completely. The remote buttons are a nice feature compared to a cheaper computer, but they can be touchy. Sometimes they seem to need multiple and/or hard presses to work. The computer does LOOK nice though. Don't think that alone is worth the extra cost though. Perhaps you are brighter and will have better luck than me.

Just my 2 cents.

Shad Prins
Apple valley, MN
re: Ergobrainstoutga
Aug 13, 2001 9:21 AM
Camper,
I have used the Ergobrain 10 this season and am quite pleased. I did have two configuration issues. 1)Once the cassette was programmed I had to reconfig it twice until all cogs were recognized properly. 2)The chainring indicator has needed to be reconfigured once in 2000 miles. I do use the gearing indicators a lot and love the feature. Features I haven't used yet include the audible alarm, backlight, and stopwatch.

I road a century last month which included hail, strong rain and 90+ degree sunny weather and the computer worked thoughout (I was impressed). I like the large display for easy reading.

Hope this info helps.
Stoutga
re: ErgobrainCSIguy
Aug 13, 2001 12:31 PM
I haven't had any problems with mine at all. It has about 3000 miles on it and is switched back and forth b/w two bikes that each have their own Ergo Brain mounts. The gear indicator has been accurate 100% of the time. You have the make sure the gear change sensor is aligned properly when you install it in to the Ergo lever. My two bikes each have their own wheelset with different cassette sizes. I just push the calibrate feature when I switch bikes and it grabs the new cassette in about 15 seconds. Also the install is only about 10 minutes longer than the Flight Deck. Since the Ergo levers must be removed it is a bit more time consuming, but all in all a very easy install that took about 45 minutes.
As for the button being hard to push you have to A. make sure there is no handle bar tape covering them and B. align the button indents on the hoods with the actual buttons. This should be a no brainer.

Advantages:
gear indicator (I'm hooked on these things)
cadence (my fave feature on any computer that includes it)
hood mounted controls (addicting. I tend to scroll through much more often)
dooesn't have tons of sub menu info that is hard to find.
backlit for night rides (never have used this)
acoustic alarms that keep you in your training zone (never have used this)

Disadvantages:
I prefer the virtual cadence of the Flight Deck because it doesn't require the extra wire and sensor that you must route and atach to the rear with the Ergo.
Not so great install manual. Before installing go to www.campyonly.com
and print out their instructions. This probably saved me a good 20 minutes of frustrated head scratching!

All in all a great unit with more items in the pro column than in the con.