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Are any of you running the Stages head unit? Do you have any recommendations for or against it? I see that it doesn't support Di2 integration, which seems to be the only drawback, other than the mounts. I'm interested in the L50.
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Re: Stages Head Unit [rijndael] [ In reply to ]
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I have used the M50 and then after a tragic oopsie incident I switched the the L50. No problems with either unit. Absolutly outstading custmer support from the Stages team.

Screen brightness is just incredible. Brightest unit I have ever seen. I run it to automatically adjust the brightness in response to outside brightness. I also prefer to run it in "night" mode where the background is black instead of white. I hypothosize that this increases battery endurance, although I have not tested this theory.

I would not hessitate to get a Stages again. M50 vs L50 is a tough call. There are sometimes I think I prefered the smaller M50, but the L50 is just an awesome device and the huge screen is awesome in turn-by-turn directions.

I don't have Di2 so I can't comment from that perspective, but happy to answer any other questions you might have.
Last edited by: Vigilante: Sep 3, 20 14:34
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Re: Stages Head Unit [Vigilante] [ In reply to ]
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If turn by turn wasn't important, which would you prefer (size wise)?
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Re: Stages Head Unit [rijndael] [ In reply to ]
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I guess it depends on how much data you want to see and how good your vision is.

If I am remembering correctly the M50 has a total of 10 (5 rows of 2) display blocks, the L50 has 16 display blocks (4 rows of 4). I perfer data field 2 units wide for any value that will be greater than 3 digits (ie time in h:mm:ss). I use a 1x1 unit size for smaller data (ie cadence of XX).

If you love structured workouts, go for the L50. If your near-field vision isn't great go for the L50.

If space on your handlebars is really limited, go for the M50.

Thinking about it more, I would probably get the L50 again if I had to choose. It is $250 on Clever Training, I'll PM you a discount code as well if you have never used CT before.
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Re: Stages Head Unit [Vigilante] [ In reply to ]
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Thanks, I ordered the L50. I was able to get BikeTiresDirect to price match Clever Training's price (w/ the additional discount) so I could use my BikeTiresDirect VIP points. In the end, I was only out of pocket about $80 for the L50.
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Re: Stages Head Unit [Vigilante] [ In reply to ]
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Vigilante wrote:
I have used the M50 and then after a tragic oopsie incident I switched the the L50. No problems with either unit. Absolutly outstading custmer support from the Stages team.

Screen brightness is just incredible. Brightest unit I have ever seen. I run it to automatically adjust the brightness in response to outside brightness. I also prefer to run it in "night" mode where the background is black instead of white. I hypothosize that this increases battery endurance, although I have not tested this theory.

I would not hessitate to get a Stages again. M50 vs L50 is a tough call. There are sometimes I think I prefered the smaller M50, but the L50 is just an awesome device and the huge screen is awesome in turn-by-turn directions.

I don't have Di2 so I can't comment from that perspective, but happy to answer any other questions you might have.

Given that it's LCD, the dark mode won't have an impact. If it were OLED it would help.

The above poster is a physiologist employed by PEARL iZUMi. However, statements are not made on behalf of nor reflective of PEARL iZUMI in any manner... unless they're good, then they count.
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