TRAIN SMARTER POWER METERS
It’s become one of the most popular additions to a triathlete’s training arsenal. Power meters have become the go-to method for athletes to gauge their training progress. There are lots of different ways to measure your power output these days – we check out some options you can add to your bike to get the most out of your training and racing.
Powertap P1 Pedals
These super-accurate ( just like the Powertab hubs, they are accurate to 1.5 per cent) power-measuring pedals can easily be switched from one bike to another, making this a great option for those who have a couple of different bikes that they train on. Because the pedals measure each leg separately you can get detailed power information that helps you figure out how efficient you are and helps you work on any imbalances. And, thanks to the Ant+ and Bluetooth compatibility you can easily keep track of your data on a variety of head units and watches.
Quarq launched a new upgrade to their already supersolid power meters last fall. The Dzero line is more accurate, has longer battery life and offers more compatibility than earlier Quarq models. The Dzero still measures power through the spider, and can measure left and right power output, so you can gauge your pedalling efficiency. As with the old models you can change the battery yourself and you don’t have to recalibrate the meter if the temperature changes. The new version is both Ant+ and Bluetooth compatible, so you’ll be able to use a huge variety of bike computers or watches.
Pioneer Dual Leg Power Meter
Available for a variety of Shimano cranksets, Pioneer’s Dual Leg Power Meters use left and right crank arm strain gauges at 12 different points of each pedal stroke to measure force. Those forces can be displayed in real time when used with Pioneer’s cycle computer so you can keep track of just how efficiently you’re pedalling. All that pedalling data has made this a very popular power meter for roadies and triathletes who love to max out the amount of data they can measure. Weighing in at just 64 g it won’t add much weight to your ride. It’s Ant+ compatible, so it’ll work on most cycling computers and some watches.
Power2max Type S
Available for a variety of Rotor, SRAM, Campagnolo and FSA setups, the Power2max Type S measures your output via the crank. You get reliable power measurement under all types of weather conditions. You can also change your chainrings without needing to recalibrate the meter and also change the battery yourself. Ant+ compatibility will get you off and rolling with many cycling computers.— KM
$ 1,620 US$ 779–1,079 $2,000 DURA ACE US$610–1,560
Designed in co- operation with aero experts Alphamantis, the P- 09 helmet has minimal frontal surface area to keep the helmet compact, while the tail is specially designed to promote airflow at the shoulders. The texturized golf-ball effect used on the front also helps you cut through the air. Four vents are optimally positioned and channel air past your head to help cool you down. The lens lifts up for a fast and easy transition and can easily be removed with just one hand, too. The comfortable straps use a Spiderlock system for easy engagement.
Specialized Giro Scott Giant Rivet Smith S-works Evade Tri
It might have the same shape as a TT helmet, but offers more ventilation and a more comfortable fit. The magnetic buckle will help you fly through transition, while the strategically placed vents actually draw air around your head to cool you down. A comfortable fit is ensured thanks to the Trifix web splitter fit system that offers a five-step height adjustment and a micro-dial to ensure you are comfortable. Specialized says you’ll save 46 seconds over 40 km compared to a standard road helmet.
Aerohead Ultimate MIPS
Scarily enough, some of us can remember Giro’s Advantage helmets that came out in 1985 – the company was a pioneer in the world of aero helmet design. Grio’s 32 years in the category has resulted in the Aerohead Ultimate, their fastest helmet ever. The shell is made with Textreme carbon fibre, which is lighter and stronger than other carbon composites. The wraparound eye-shield is made by Zeiss optics for outstanding clarity – it’s all held on by a magnetic anchor. A comfortable fit is ensured by the Roc Loc air fit system, while your safety is enhanced by the incorporation of the MIPS system that redirects impact energy to provide more protection.
Bollé One Road Premium
You can make the Bollé One super-aero or extremely ventilated, or somewhere in between. The removable aero shells turn the helmet into an aero wonder, while removing the shells offers up 31 air “inlets.” Safety is enhanced thanks to the safety QR code and specially-designed LED light. There’s lots of adjustment to ensure you’ll get a comfortable fit and the interchangeable winter and summer linings will keep you riding outside all-year round.
Scott’s engineers were asked to come up with an aero helmet for the Orica- Greenedge cycling team and triathletes now get to benefit from their work. While it’s designed for road riding, there’s lots to love for triathletes including the fully integrated visor, the optimized vents that move air through cooling channels inside the helmet, the comfortable Halo fit system and MIPS brain protection to provide the ultimate in safety. There’s even winter plugs that you can use when you need less air flowing through. This triathlon and TT helmet is designed with aerodynamics in mind, but still has some ventilation through the front vents, which are positioned to direct airflow through the internal channels to provide some cooling. The Elements Strap System uses a Cinch Pro fit system and head-hugging webbing for a comfortable and secure fit.
This extremely lightweight helmet provides lots ventilation thanks to the 21 vents that are designed to provide lots of air flow without hurting aerodynamic performance. Safety is enhanced by the Koroyd material and you can get this helmet with MIPS, too, for added impact protection. The Vaporfit adjustable fit system ensures you’ll be comfortable, too. A great choice for those looking to do a hot, long- distance race or a safety- oriented training helmet that provides lots of ventilation.— KM
$ 350 $650 $ 229 $300 $230 $ 320; $ 365 MIPS