POWER STILL THE BENCHMARK
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.