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Old 08-08-09, 08:22 PM   #1
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Power Meter recommendations

I've been training with a bike computer and a HR monitor for awhile now. I think I could benefit from getting a power meter, but I have no idea which brand to get, or what features are important. Also, price. I have no idea what prices are reasonable for these.

Please give me some suggestions and places to shop for any bargains you may know of. thanks in advance.


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Old 08-08-09, 08:31 PM   #2
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There are a few different kinds of powermeters on the market right now.
iBike - estimates power from various measurements, not entirely accurate.
Polar - uses chain vibration, clunky to set up and also has accuracy issues according to some.
Powertap - hub based, so you build up a wheel and are stuck with it, though transfering bike to bike is usally pretty simple (especially if wireless). http://www.competitivecyclist.com/ro...905.351.0.html - this may be the cheapest, reliable power meter on the market right now.
SRM - Crank based power meter, very accurate, very expensive.
Quarq CinQo - Crank based like the SRM, but about half the price.

FWIW - I currently own a powertap and have been happy with it for the most part, but hate having to choose between having power or running race wheels. A Quarq CinQo is currently being shipped to me. I have used a CinQo in the past and have been waiting to get my own for some time now, IMO they are the best of the bunch.
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Old 08-10-09, 05:01 PM   #3
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first, decide how many wheels and/or bikes you want to have power with and how much money power measurement is worth TO YOU. That will pretty much make the decision for you.
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jmechy, how does the CinQo transfer between bikes? It seems built into the cranks?
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It is the crank (for all intents and purposes)...switch the crank, switch the Cinqo.
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Yeah, the CinQo replaces the crank spider, so it essentially becomes part of the crank. Switching a crank out is fairly easy, especially if you have the same bottom bracket on both bikes. Even with different bottom brackets it shouldn't take too long.
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Yeah, the CinQo replaces the crank spider, so it essentially becomes part of the crank. Switching a crank out is fairly easy, especially if you have the same bottom bracket on both bikes. Even with different bottom brackets it shouldn't take too long.
You know you're a serious cyclist/mechanic when you've made the above statement ;-). Switching out a crank, even periodically, sounds like a pain in the a@$. For me, I didn't want to mess with the CinQo given the strange bottom bracket configuration on my '08 Madone. Plus, I wanted the ability to swap training/race wheels between road & TT bikes. I suppose you could swap bottom brackets, but it does take longer.

I picked up a Powertap Pro+ wireless for cheap ($800 complete with wheel/cassette/skewer/tire/etc.) to go with a Garmin 705 head unit. I'll bite the bullet on race wheels with an SL+ at some point. I do think the CinQo is probably an equally good choice, though. You really are [gonna spend] if you do, [gonna spend] if you don't. All the options are expensive.
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