POWER STILL THE BENCH­MARK

Bicycling (South Africa) - - STORIES -

As sum­mer ap­proaches, it’s time to start out­lin­ing your goals for the weeks ahead – they could cul­mi­nate around the cor­ner at Novem­ber’s 947, be a few months away at March’s Cy­cle Tour, or be aimed at any one of the many moun­tain­bike events that lit­ter the sum­mer cal­en­dar. No mat­ter which event you’re work­ing to­wards, if you want to mea­sure and man­age your rate of im­prove­ment, power is still the best met­ric for gaug­ing your form.

New from Eas­ton is the ul­tra­light, spin­dle-based Cinch power me­ter, which is housed and sealed in­side your bot­tom-bracket shell and is com­pat­i­ble with al­most all road and gravel bikes. Paired to Eas­ton’s EC90SL crankset, the power me­ter adds only 65g over a stan­dard 129mm road spin­dle – this makes it a com­pelling op­tion for weight wee­nies.

Bat­tery life is claimed to be 400 hours, and it’s USB-recharge­able. The spin­dle trans­mits both ANT+ and Blue­tooth for head-unit com­pat­i­bil­ity, while a ded­i­cated Cinch app is avail­able for both IOS and An­droid users. In ad­di­tion to power, the cranks mea­sure ca­dence and pedal ef­fi­ciency; bol­ster­ing your abil­ity to in­ter­pret your ride, and mak­ing sure you stay on track to achieve your goals this sum­mer.

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