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Shimano Flight Deck?(8 posts)

Shimano Flight Deck?globalhelipimp
Jun 30, 2003 10:25 PM
I just bought a Lemond Zurich and need to get a computer for it. I've been a long time runner, and have heard that runners tend to hammer out a low cadence. For this reason, I like the Flight Deck's virtual cadence.

Your experience?

Any other models I should be looking at?

Thanks in advance.
FD: Excellent...coonass
Jul 1, 2003 4:07 AM
My personal choice is for the wireless setup on my DA group ride and the Vetta 100 wireless Cadence on the Campy group ride in lieu of the Ergobrain. I like FD's display of cadence; you can keep it small in the bottom-right corner or 'move' it up to a larger display in the upper-right corner. Also I like the fact that the FD can be placed directly over the top of my stem, taking less room between the bartape & stem and the chainring/cog display. Vetta's rpm is only displayed as small, but easily viewed....and no big deal. Vetta's cadence is 'actual' with the wireless transducer mounted on the chain-stay & magnet on the crank arm. The only disadvantage to going wireless, is that it may interfere with your present HR monitor; Vetta also offers the wireless cadence & HR monitor as a packaged unit.
The best prices for Vettas that I've seen have been at http://www.beyondbikes.com
One more thingcoonass
Jul 1, 2003 4:14 AM
If you go with the FD,(IMHO) I'd recommend that you let the LBS install it. Shimano's Installation Instructions only begin to make a little sense AFTER the unit is installed and funtioning properly. The Vetta is a very simple installation; just as easy as a Mity 3, but with more features. You can view the features of each on their websites.....either one will work great.
One more thingMy Dog Wally
Jul 1, 2003 6:22 AM
The smartest move I ever made was to let my LBS install and set up my Flight Deck. Man, that would have been complicated! That's not to say there isn't still a learning curve in order to understand how to get the computer to display the things you want. But once you figure things out, it's a great computer. I've got the wireless version, and it's absolutely flawless. I wish I could say the same about the instruction manual -- just about the worst I've seen.

My guess is that Shimano will come out with a new Flight Deck when they release the new Dura-Ace group, since the current FD can't accommodate the new D-A group's added cog. Keep your fingers crossed that they rewrite the manual.
re: Shimano Flight Deck?DCP
Jul 1, 2003 5:19 AM
I recommend the FD. It has some annoying traits, like displaying what I think is gear inches after a shift for several seconds, and is a bit difficult to figure out how the functions operate. Once you learn how it operates, then it becomes pretty easy to use. Having function buttons on the hoods makes things easier to operate. You can also hit the buttons when you do not intend to do so, but for me at least, that is a very rare event.

I think its vitual cadence is better than actual cadence because its calculated cadence helps with gear selection and when to start pedaling at the bottom of descents.
I agree w/youcoonass
Jul 1, 2003 11:17 AM
I like to keep an eye on the cadence during a decent and start cranking when its about 5rpm more of my riding cadence. Really is a nice indicator.
btw....it took me about 4 rides to get used to getting the FD to display the cadence properly. Shimano must havwe designed 'fuzzy logic' into the thing because my brain was(is) fuzzy for a while.
(I had to learn to leave the left button alone)
From a runnerandy02
Jul 1, 2003 6:19 AM
As someone who started as a runner. Your cadence will depend on your running style (i know it is a no brainer). If You run to win or to try to win your cadence will be around 90 anyway so the bike should be know different. If your starting out don't worry about speed worry about keeping your cadence as FAST as possible not to the point of lossing control or bobing. then over the winter work on weights and next year not only will your cycling be a lot better you will be a faster runner. ONE MORE IMPORTANT not if you cycle and run try to do hamstring ex after running it can prevent knee problems from over build quads vs hams.

I think you will like the flight deck it give cadence even when your not pedaling so you will know if you need a bigger gear before starting in on a down hill. Or get what I have the axiom 8.0C from performance for 1/3 the price
ugh. Stay Away!gregario
Jul 1, 2003 8:09 AM
I have a flight deck on my tandem. I hate it. Go to the review section of this site and you can read all about it and what other people think about the FD and pretty much anything else.