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Do all Flightdeck computers center over the stem?(12 posts)

Do all Flightdeck computers center over the stem?Matno
Mar 20, 2003 11:43 AM
Or is that just the wireless mount? I've got 5500-CA shifters and I'm looking to get a current FD setup (6501 head). I know the "wireless" harness mounts the computer in the center (so as not to interfere with aerobars), but I can't seem to find out if the wired setup fits the same way or is off-center. Could somebody please fill me in here?

Also, I've heard complaints about the clearance of the mount not being enough to clear the stem. Is this an issue for most stems or just some? I've got a fairly beefy stem (ITM "Big One") with a removeable face plate, and I don't want to order a computer only to find out it doesn't clear the stem's top bolt!

Thanks.
I had the same problem.sievers11
Mar 20, 2003 12:02 PM
I was using the wired mount though.

I started a thread yesterday about this, but didn't get a good response.

Never solved the problem...i mounted the bracket 1.5 inches from stem to the right, which put the computer right next to the stem.
I guess it depends on the stem. My 6500 worked fine with my oldKen of Fresno
Mar 20, 2003 12:31 PM
3T quill, but I had clearance problems when I tried to center it on my Salsa with removable face. I ended up getting it to fit by rotating the bracket to get the computer head as high as possible above the bars. It still doesn't sit quit right, but it's close enough. Hope this helps.

Best of luck,
Ken
another picKen of Fresno
Mar 20, 2003 12:32 PM
re: Do all Flightdeck computers center over the stem?Horace Greeley
Mar 20, 2003 12:43 PM
Not sure if this helps, but I have both the wired and wireless versions. The wired version is older, so I'm not sure if new wired versions use the same harness as the wireless. My wired harness fits directly over the stem (at the handlebar mount). If you had a large stem face, I can see some problems. the wired mount fits as another poster indicated in his photos. However, my wired fits slightly differently. While it is center, it is forward of the center of the stem face so it is not directly over the stem. I posted pictures of my bike a week or so ago (do a search with my handle) which may give you some idea, although the photos are not great. Stem size would not be an issue for the wireless, unless you were using oversized bars (different issue, but I think Shimano now has an oversized harness as well). Hope this helps.
Rotating the bracket to increase height causes the head to moveKen of Fresno
Mar 20, 2003 12:49 PM
back towards the rider. On my old 3T stem (where roating of the bracket was not needed) the computer head was farther out infront of the bars.
Did mine with some minor filingusna00
Mar 20, 2003 5:35 PM
I've got a wired Flightdeck centered over an ITM Millennium stem. At first I wasn't able to get it over the center without deforming the bracket a little bit, but after I filed away the indexing tabs on the Flightdeck mounting bracket it sits there quite nicely.
If you don't know the pieces I'm talking about, they are the raised pieces of plastic that are on the contact face on the mounting bracket. These tabs are there to control the rotational position of the computer with respect to the bracket, but once I removed them I was free to mount the Flightdeck however I wanted.
Hope that helps you out.
Sounds useful...Matno
Mar 20, 2003 6:29 PM
If I go through with this purchase, I'll probably figure out what you're talking about! :^) Kind of hard to picture since I've never actually seen a Flight Deck bracket in person. Thanks though. Your post was very reassuring. Just goes to show that with a little modification, anything is possible!
Once you see it you'll know what I mean...usna00
Mar 20, 2003 7:55 PM
And in fact i think i may have used an exacto knife instead of the file. Either way, once you cut these tabs off, you can rotate the computer freely and avoid any contact with the stem (well, at least in my case i could, it might be different depending on different stems).
Took me at most 45 seconds to do the modification and the mount has been trouble free ever since (over a year ago).
Exactly how much clearance do you have?Matno
Mar 21, 2003 2:59 AM
My stem is kind of on the thick side. I measure that I'll need between 10-12mm of clearance above the bar itself(depending on how the mount is rotated), which seems like a lot.
Plenty...usna00
Mar 21, 2003 7:16 AM
Looking head-on, I've got about 13-14mm between the bar and the bottom of the computer mount. In terms of clearance with the stem, I've only got about 2mm but anything greater than about 1mm is all you really need. An important thing to remember is don't forget about the wires exiting the bottom of the computer mount. You'll need about 1mm or so to allow for the bend in the wires.
This should be enough for you...happy cutting.
Thanks!Matno
Mar 21, 2003 9:32 AM
You've been most helpful and enlightening. Much appreciated.
Looks like I'm gonna have to splurge after all (I was just going to get a $20 cheapo computer, but I got bit by the
I know I'll regret it" bug!)

Matt