Cycling power meter buyers guide 2017

power meter is a device that measures your power output as you ride. Whether you’re a serious cyclist who races or just looking to improve your performance, a power meter will be a worthwhile investment. Some of the common types include, pedal based, crank arm, crank set and wheel setups. Below are some of the best you can get at all price ranges.

4iiii Precision Power Meter

4iiii Precision Power Meters

What they say

Precision is the worlds lightest left side power meter, designed provide you with industry leading power accuracy with highly dependable cadence data, a light weight design, broad ANT+ and bluetooth smart head unit compatibility and 3D power meter technology capable of measuring tri-axial strain on your crank.

Key specifications

  • Weight: 9 grams plus crank arm
  • Data accuracy: +/- 1% error margin
  • Battery life: 100+ hours on 2032 coin cell battery
  • Battery status indicator: Alert at 15% battery power

Our verdict

4iiii offer some great deals on single their single sided power meters and work well. Extremely good for the money and well worth the investment if you’re looking at getting into riding with power.

Where to buy

Price from

£284.99

From

ProBikeKit

Price correct at time of publishing.

Stages G2 Power Meters

Stages G2 Power Meters

What they say

Entering the cycling market in 2012, Stages Cycling completely revolutionised the power meter category with its R&D and manufacturing based in the endurance capital of the world, Boulder, Colorado USA. Chosen by Team Sky, the world’s most data driven team, Stages Power meters have been ridden to victory in the world’s most testing professional cycling races.

Key specifications

  • 200+ hours battery life, using CR2032 batteries
  • Tool free battery replacement
  • Wireless firmware upgrades
  • Only adds 20 grams to base crank arm
  • Device compatible with ANT+, Bluetooth Smart Ready

Our verdict

Like the 4iiii above the Stages Power Meter is left side only, although you’ll soon be able to buy dual sided. A solid and reliable power meter that will give you accurate readings.

Where to buy

Price from

£359.00

Price correct at time of publishing.

Garmin Vector 3 Double Sided Power Meter

Garmin Vector 3 Double Sided Power Meter

What they say

The Garmin Vector 3 Double Sided Power Meter is the next generation of Garmin power meter that will leverage all the key features of the Vector 2, but with a complete redesign. It has a beautiful and sleek design that installs like any other pedal. No more pods!

Key specifications

  • Battery life up to 120 hours
  • Dual sided system has 2 power pedals measuring each leg’s power output independently
  • Simple to install and move between bikes
  • Cycling dynamics: Left/right balance, platform center offset, seating/standing, power phase
  • BLE/ANT+ connectivity allowing for full integration into the Garmin ecosystem

Our verdict

The latest power pedals from Garmin look like a real winner. Dual sided and have no pod that hangs from the pedal giving a much sleeker package. Very easy to swap between bikes. If you’ve got the budget, it’s something to consider.

Where to buy

Price

£849.99

Price correct at time of publishing.

Quarq DZero Carbon Power Meter Crankset

Quarq DZero Carbon Power Meter Crankset

What they say

The 303 Clincher 700C Wheelset 2016 from Zipp is designed for higher standards. It features the best-in-class 77/177 hub set with improved bearing protection with no pre-load adjustment needed built onto a wider rims which provides extra durability, and improved aerodynamics. The hubs also features optimized flange geometry and spoke hole attachment pattern with Sapim CX Sprint spokes to optimize torsional and lateral stiffness and robustness.

Key specifications

  • Bluetooth low energy technology and ANT+ wireless data transfer.
  • Battery – CR2032, 200-hour battery life, change without tools.
  • Accuracy – within 1.5%, measuring both legs.
  • Works with traditional 5-bolt chainrings from most manufacturers.
  • Free firmware upgrades with the Qalvin BLE app.
  • Bottom bracket and chainrings are not included

Our verdict

If you’re looking for a rock solid power meter that will give accurate dual sided results then the Quark will fit the bill. This option will fit 5 bolt crank sets only, but Quark make a 4 bolt option for newer Shimano cranksets. Remember, you’ll need your own chain rings.

Where to buy

Price

£666.89

From

Ribble

Price correct at time of publishing.

InfoCrank Powermeter Crankset

InfoCrank Powermeter Crankset

What they say

InfoCrank is a highly complex scientific unit, but we made sure it was a super easy install, setup and beautiful to ride. From start to finish of your ride, an InfoCrank bike power meter records true Left and Right power balance, Pedal Smoothness, Torque Effectiveness and Cadence – all without skipping a beat.

Key specifications

  • Left and Right power meter crankset
  • Compact 110mm BCD spider
  • Stiff M30 axle
  • ANT+ (no bluetooth)
  • Weight 694 grams
  • IPX7 waterproof

Our verdict

Probably the most accurate dual sided power meter you can buy. Used by the British Cycling team. It’s a lot of money, but if money is no object then give it a go.

Where to buy

Price

£1,260.00

From

Tredz

Price correct at time of publishing.