Pow­er­tap G3 DT Swiss R460 wheelset

£500, pali­gap.cc

Cyclist - - New Gear -

he power me­ter mar­ket is now awash with young pre­tenders, each promis­ing to mea­sure power in a more ex­otic way than the last. Yet de­spite the in­flux of hi-tech new prod­ucts, the two most en­dur­ing ap­proaches to power mea­sure­ment have barely changed since their in­cep­tion.

SRM’S spi­der-based de­sign re­mains the gold stan­dard, but the down­side is that you still need to re­mort­gage your house to af­ford one. Pop­u­lar opin­ion holds that Pow­er­tap’s hub-based G3 me­ter is still one of the best al­ter­na­tives in terms of ac­cu­racy and con­sis­tency, but un­like SRM the Pow­er­tap has man­aged to move with the times and com­pete on price with many of the other op­tions on the mar­ket to­day.

The lat­est in­car­na­tion of the G3 is a ver­i­ta­ble steal – DT Swiss’s wide, tube­less-ready R460 rims re­tail for £40 apiece, so add in the cost of spokes and labour to build up the wheelset, and it ef­fec­tively pushes the price of the Pow­er­tap power me­ter be­low £300.

Not bad when you con­sider the G3’s proven re­li­a­bil­ity, con­nec­tiv­ity and claimed +/-1.5% level of ac­cu­racy.

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