Shimano Flight Deck Computer

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Flight Deck

  • Controls integrated into shift levers
  • Start and alter inputs without changing hand position
  • Gear selection and ratios instantly available due to the sensors built right into levers
  • Calculates Virtual cadence from road speed & gear ratio

  • User Reviews (67)

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    sbarner   Cross Country Rider [Jul 26, 2011]
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    The hands-free controls are very convenient. I love the fact that it displays the current chainring and cog; this is especially handy on a tandem. I also think it's really cool the to have cadence without a crank sensor.

    Weakness:

    The controls take a little getting used too; they are not intuitive, but the biggest problem is the sensor mount. Somewhere in Japan there is an engineer who should be handed a tanto so that he can commit seppuku (hara-kiri). Only a total bone-head would design it using a built-in zip-tie, requiring replacement of the entire sensor and mount if you want to do something as simple as to remove the fork to service the headset. It's the most idiotic mount in the history of bike computers, and that's saying a lot.

    Don't buy it. How Shimano could have let this sensor mount go into production is one of the bicycle industry's great mysteries. It should be retired to history with the PMP crankset. One would think perhaps Sheldon Brown designed it after coming up with Nanodrive and Symmetrispokes.

    Similar Products Used: Sigma Sport, Cateye, Avocet, Vetta
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    rye   Cross Country Rider [Jan 16, 2010]
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    The information it gives is very useful, particularly on a tandem, where you can't always see what gear you're in.
    I really don't know what I paid for it. It came with the bike.

    Weakness:

    The pickup, which is quite expensive, broke twice in the same place. I've elected not to replace it...it'll only break again.
    The last time it broke, I just put the broken part in my toolbox. Six months later, the display portion of the head fell off. (I've owned it almost 3 years)
    It needs some design work before it's ready for prime time.

    Lets take a look at version 2.0 before spending a lot of money on good product with some design problems.
    Right now
    It's more expensive than you need for a road bike, but it would be just right for a tandem..once they solve the problems.

    Similar Products Used: Copious and multifarious
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    lightweight   Weekend Warrior [Jul 22, 2009]
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    Great info and accuracy. Patience and memory are all you need. Sort of like learning the gas and brake on a car, only 2 buttons. Excellent training tool, especially if you already know your heart rate.

    Weakness:

    Not always connected. Fork mount slips on fork occasionally.
    Still have to hide wires under bar tape which may be a pain for re-wrapping. Wish it transmitted off of rear wheel so it would be useful on my rim trainer. Transmitter signal is a bit weak and needs direct line of sight to computer.Fine with 2 wheel rollers.

    Dig it Like it and wish it would adapt to grip shift so I could use it on my Mtn Bike. I have them on each road bike. I bought the first one when it first came out and it has been transferred to 3 bikes.

    Similar Products Used: Too many
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    timt   Weekend Warrior [May 28, 2009]
    Strength:

    Can't really see any particular strengths

    Weakness:

    Too many features and it quits working when I hit bumps.

    Maybe I'm just too dense to figure out how to work this, but I've got better things to do while I ride than try and scroll through functions I don't use to find ones I do -- like watching where I'm going!

    Similar Products Used: Cateye
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    2
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    Braveheart   Racer [Aug 28, 2003]
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    Fully integrated computer that tells you what gear ratios you're using and works out your cadence without a cadence sensor.

    Weakness:

    Maybe a little expensive for the cordless option, but I'm nit picking really.

    I don't know where all these negative comments have come from. The setup is a cinch, provided you have half a clue about bike maintenance, and provided you take the time and trouble to read the manual. Very slick operation, works flawlessly and stands up to all weathers. Even my wife finds hers a breeze to use. Suerbly executed, very innovative technology.

    Similar Products Used: Various Cateye computers.
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    4
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    Jeb   Cross Country Rider [Jun 09, 2007]
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    SC-6502 Computer and SM-SC70 harness
    Great ideas and clean installation. Cool to see the gears on the display. Control buttons built into grips. Lots of functionality even though it is very poorly implemented. My setup instructions worked fine. Setup took a while, but I had no hitches.

    Weakness:

    The unit stops accumulating time and mileage with one touch of the left button. You use the left button for several functions, but if you are in the wrong mode, one touch stops the computer. You should have to hit 2 buttons or hold one in for 2 sec to turn it on and off. The pace arrow does quit blinking when it is not accumulating mileage, but if you are concentrating on your ride and not the computer, you won't notice this for a while. It still shows your speed, so it is easy to ride along thinking it is working correctly when it isn't.

    Touching both buttons at the same time resets your time, distance and mileage to 0. Since both buttons are used for normal functions, you should have to hold them both in for 2 sec to reset. It is way too easy to reset when you do not want to.

    In stopwatch mode, you have to take your hands off the bars and find a tiny button on the back of the unit to see your distance, ave, and max speed for the stopwatch group.

    The pace arrow is tiny.

    The unit goes into "power saver" mode if you haven't ridden for 30 minutes. It is too stupid to wake up when you start riding, you have to press one of the little buttons on the back of the unit. That is 10 year old technology.

    The implementation and the interface are so poor that the unit is not useful to me.

    I have yet to complete a ride where this unit measured all of my distance. I prefer to concentrate on the ride, not on the computer to know when I can touch one button or the other without shutting it off or resetting it.

    A decent computer should track your riding parameters automatically and reliably and with little thought. You should reset, ride, and have complete results anytime you want to look at them. It should not quit accumulating mileage with a single touch of one button. It should always start up when the wheels stat turning.

    I made a mistake buying this unit and will be replacing it soon.

    Similar Products Used: Various Cat Eye wireless and wired computers. Basic features, but well designed.
    Performance Bike Axiom wireless. Again, simple but well designed.
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    Bonjing   Weekend Warrior [Nov 17, 2003]
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    Easy to install. convenient buttons and information retrieval.

    Weakness:

    Price

    It sure is expensive, but it's worth every cent. You have easy access to a lot of information without taking your eyes off the road.

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    4
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    jeroen   Racer [Nov 25, 2001]
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    euhhhhhhhhh.............Nice colr and easy to get to functions, a lot in a small package

    Weakness:

    Wires,wires,wires and wires, i hate the wires, they to fragile, had a lot of problems with the gear inicator, because when it doesn't notice that you have shifted the cadans will also be false.

    Nice if you like problems with it, it's given me problems from the fisrt day i bought it, i got a new one two times.

    Similar Products Used: non, i'm gona buy A Polar S710, is a hartrate monitor, with casans and poweroutpute, much much better
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    Dave   Weekend Warrior [Mar 15, 2004]
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    The Flight Deck is a brilliant idea with a sometimes not-too-brilliant execution. The strength of this unit lies in its visual gear display and the virtual cadence. I use it on a tandem so I can tell which gear I am in; and the cadence function is quite helpful when you have a stoker on the back who may be used to a slightly different cadence pace. There are better(more logical and intuitive) computers out there if you just need the basic speed and time functions.

    Weakness:

    If you don't really need the gear display and cadence features, look elsewhere. The menu is exasperating to use and the contents of each menu don't necessarily relate to one another. The auto-start feature is a misnomer. When first starting on your ride, you have to push a wobbly rubber button on the back of the unit to wake it up. Once you do that, the unit then becomes auto start/stop as long as you don't stop for more than 30 minutes, in which case you have to "wake it up" again. Try that with cool weather gloves on! I have the older unit(6500) on another bike and the wake-up works perfectly whenever you rotate the wheel or move a lever. Other problems: The mounting bracket is fragile when cold(don't try to mount it unless the temperature is above 65 F.-it may break). The mounting bracket cannot be centered above the stem unless you have a very thin ahead stem or an older one-piece stem. The advertising claims it can be set for 4 different bikes, but the manual does not include instructions. In fact, the manual I got with my 6501 was for the discontinued 6500.

    A well made computer with nifty gear display and virtual cadence. Otherwise, it is just a fair cyclocomputer with no notable feature to recommend it. For tandem use, this device is wonderful to have because trying to see which gears you are in while steering a long bike is quite tricky and possibly dangerous.

    Similar Products Used: Sigma Sport BC800 and 400. Very easy to set up and operate. I used two wireless versions on a tandem and it worked fine in the front and rear.
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    3
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    3
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    Carl Morrell   Weekend Warrior [Jul 24, 2001]
    Strength:

    Marketing hype.

    Weakness:

    Bike shop performed installation. Does not work with Shimano LX Deore setup. Gear indicators do not work. Shimano was no help to bike shop. Gave them 1 month to resolve issue. I returned the unit today.

    Also, any bike computer without backlighting, is a result of engineers that do not understand the basic requirements for bicyclists. All my biking is at twilight.

    Do not buy this if you have Shimano LX Deore components.

    Similar Products Used: This is my first cyclometer
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