Pioneer Introduces One-sided Power Meter
Pioneer Introduces Single Leg Power Meter
Pioneer has expanded its power meter line up with the introduction of a new, more affordable left only power meter to go along with its original dual sided meter. The Single Leg Power Meter has been launched as a direct challenge to Stages Cycling, who offers a similar product.Pioneer’s new power meter uses strain gauges attached to the crank arm in order to measure deflection caused by pedaling force (how power meters work). Power data is recorded 12 times per crank revolution and is transmitted currently only via ANT+ to compatible head units while Stages uses ANT+ and Bluetooth.
Prices for Pioneer’s new power meter will be similar to those of Stages with Dura Ace crank costing $900 USD and Ultegra costing $800 USD. The Pioneer Single Leg Power Meter is currently only available on Shimano cranks. Customers will have the option to upgrade to the Dual Side Power Meter for only $749 USD at a later date.
Stages Announce Price Drops
Pioneer’s new power meter comes as direct competition to Stages Cycling. At the Tour de France in July, a prototype dual sided power meter from Stages was spotted on the Team Sky bikes. A dual sided power meter would be in direct competition with companies like Pioneer and Garmin who already offer dual sided power. Dual sided power open up a whole new world of power data analysis.With the power meter market exploding with new options, a number of companies announced price drops on their meters this spring. In response, Stages recently announced at Inter Bike price drops across the board on all their meters. Their meters now start at $529 USD.
Alongside the new prices, Stages also unveiled a number of new products including a new meter for carbon cranks. When they first launched their meters, Stages Cycling said they would not be able to create a meter for carbon cranks but have now cracked the conundrum that is the inconsistency of carbon. Their are now meters available for Campagnolo, FSA, and Sram carbon cranks as well as a Stages Cycling branded carbon crank.