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Saris to release Garmin compatible PowerTap

Old 06-13-08, 11:39 PM
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Saris to release Garmin compatible PowerTap

This according to Velonews

https://www.velonews.com/article/7754...ible-powertaps

Maybe now I will give some serious consideration to a PowerTap hub.
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Good to hear. Thanks for posting this.
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Fark...

I just bought my second PowerTap 2.4 SL because I needed a back up...

I new this would happen as soon as I did that...

I wonder if you will be able to make the old SL 2.4 hubs ANT+ compatible...
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Awesome.
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Garmin 705 and PT...now that is nerdy sexiness
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Sigh... Powertap or quarq... ability to change power measurement between bikes, or ability to keep power measurement on both training and racing wheels...

such tough decisions.
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Originally Posted by Hammertoe
I wonder if you will be able to make the old SL 2.4 hubs ANT+ compatible...
They didn't mention it in the article so I assumed you couldn't, but take a look at the picture at the bottom (https://www.velonews.com/photo/77544) and its caption: "The current PowerTap SL wireless hub, which can be retrofitted to work with the Garmin 705."
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I do hope you can retro fit the current 2.4 SL hubs. I already have both systems, so a retro fit would be all I need. I wold hate to have to buy any more than that. However, I never really saw the darn need or desire for both, the 705 and the PT to be a combined unit. People have been dying for this to become reality, but I never understood the benefit or reason. I only use my 705 when I am out of town riding in areas not well known to me.
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Originally Posted by dgasmd
I do hope you can retro fit the current 2.4 SL hubs. I already have both systems, so a retro fit would be all I need. I wold hate to have to buy any more than that. However, I never really saw the darn need or desire for both, the 705 and the PT to be a combined unit. People have been dying for this to become reality, but I never understood the benefit or reason. I only use my 705 when I am out of town riding in areas not well known to me.
That's because many people use the Garmin as a data-logger that also can assist in navigation and not as a navigation device that can also log data.
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That's great!

I like the part about maybe being able to retrofit best. I don't really need/want the mapping stuff but elevation from the 705 would be very nice to have. I guess Saris could just come out with a new head unit that includes elevation and not have to mess with the hub at all.
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If Saris can turn an SL into a 2.4 (which they did for me), they can surely turn either a 2.4 or an SL into an ANT+. From what I could tell, they just change the little antenna board to go from an SL to a 2.4 and likely will do the same going to ANT+

Hopefully this upgrade does not cost much...
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Originally Posted by Bnjmn
Hopefully this upgrade does not cost much...
Well, that is the part that remains to be seen...........
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From what I understand about the 2.4 it is already on the ANT+ frequency it is just the communication stack that is different. If that truly is the case then we are talking about a firmware upgrade in the hub and the head unit to match the ANT+ protocol stack.
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Originally Posted by Bnjmn
If Saris can turn an SL into a 2.4 (which they did for me), they can surely turn either a 2.4 or an SL into an ANT+. From what I could tell, they just change the little antenna board to go from an SL to a 2.4 and likely will do the same going to ANT+
How much did this set you back?
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Originally Posted by mp123
I guess Saris could just come out with a new head unit that includes elevation and not have to mess with the hub at all.
+1 no doubt!
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Originally Posted by jmechy
Sigh... Powertap or quarq... ability to change power measurement between bikes, or ability to keep power measurement on both training and racing wheels...

such tough decisions.
I'm still leaning towards quarq... if it ever comes out...
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I called Saris today and got a little more info...thought I would pass it along...

The is a retrofit kit to convert a SL to a 2.4 SL....He quoted me 500 and you have to send it to them. This of course includes a new head unit (the 2.4 part).

The release of the Garmin compatible units will be after Interbike/Winter (Sept 24-26).

There will be a retrofit kit to make a 2.4SL Garmin compatible. It WILL be user replaceable but no word on price but he sounded like it would not be 500 bucks!!!

Good news in my opinion....
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Question on how the 2.4 works...does the hub transmit directly to the computer or the computer shoe? I'm guessing its the computer since as mentioned above the upgrade would include a new computer.
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I thought this appearing at the bottom of the article was burying the overall picture:

Four wireless, Garmin-compatible units will be available this fall, ranging from the $999 PowerTap Elite+ that features a steel axle and freehub body to the $2,099 PowerTap SLC+ that features a 15mm-wide axle and ceramic bearings. Other models include the $1,999 Pro+, which has an aluminum shell and weighs 475 grams (hub only) and the $1,599 SL+, which features a carbon shell and the wider 15mm axle and weighs 416 grams.

Saris is going to spread the wireless love across a number of price points. Sounds good to me.
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This is huge! I love me Power Tap but also love my Garmin. If they could put all the features into one unit that would be awesome!!!
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Originally Posted by heads up!
I thought this appearing at the bottom of the article was burying the overall picture:

Four wireless, Garmin-compatible units will be available this fall, ranging from the $999 PowerTap Elite+ that features a steel axle and freehub body to the $2,099 PowerTap SLC+ that features a 15mm-wide axle and ceramic bearings. Other models include the $1,999 Pro+, which has an aluminum shell and weighs 475 grams (hub only) and the $1,599 SL+, which features a carbon shell and the wider 15mm axle and weighs 416 grams.

Saris is going to spread the wireless love across a number of price points. Sounds good to me.

So are those prices for the hub, and you still need to buy the Garmin to use in place of the head unit?
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Originally Posted by merlinextraligh
So are those prices for the hub, and you still need to buy the Garmin to use in place of the head unit?
I believe those are the prices for the kit....hub and computer (not a Garmin) the hub should be cheaper...

https://www.cyclingnews.com/tech.php?...rtap_launch_08

Much more info in the link above!!!
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