Triathlon Magazine Canada - - GEAR -

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

$1,620 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 Dzero

US$779–1,079 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

$2,000 DURA ACE 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

US$610–1,560 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

Quarq Dzero Pioneer Dual Leg Power Me­ter Pow­er2­max Type S Pow­er­tap P1 Ped­als

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