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Power2Max Type S

Old 05-21-14, 10:15 PM
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Power2Max Type S

Hi folks,

Couldn't find much on the Power2Max Type S powermeter with the search function. I'm considering going for it with s-works cranks. This would be my first powermeter.

I'm mostly wondering if anyone has any experience with it, and would care to give a brief thumbs up or down (and explain why). Seems like an easy-to-use unit, though I've read older reviews (i.e., of it's earlier models) that complained about delays from the cadence reader. Apparently it uses an accelerometer rather than magnets, which may be the culprit. Not a huge issue, I suppose, but maybe this has been fixed with the Type S model.

Anyways, I'd appreciate any comments and suggestions you have.
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Does it fit on the s-works cranks? Wasn't aware of that. It seems like they're very Rotor-centric and since I don't have Rotor cranks, the over all cost is creeping up to Quarq pricing.

I'm interested in hearing about your experiences with it though - purchase away!
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The S-works crank is supported as DXchulo pointed out: https://www.power2max.com/northameric...ithout-cranks/

I have it on my Domane with the Rotor 3d crank and it works well. Battery installation is a bit of a pain, but otherwise it works as expected. As for the cadence, I have a cadence sensor on my bike so that overrides the one in the power meter in the garmin.

edit: I'm blind apparently...it's right there Edited to reflect that.

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Old 05-22-14, 10:09 AM
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What am I missing? It's here, isn't it?
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Originally Posted by TrojanHorse View Post
Does it fit on the s-works cranks? Wasn't aware of that. It seems like they're very Rotor-centric and since I don't have Rotor cranks, the over all cost is creeping up to Quarq pricing.
Yes, the Type S model expanded to fit a number of additional cranks. Having to purchase crank arms, you're right, it is creeping up to Quarq pricing.

Is there a consensus that Quarq's are superior, though?
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Originally Posted by Nebby10 View Post
I have it on my Domane with the Rotor 3d crank and it works well. Battery installation is a bit of a pain, but otherwise it works as expected. As for the cadence, I have a cadence sensor on my bike so that overrides the one in the power meter in the garmin.
Thanks for the feedback! Do you have the Type S or the previous model? Re: battery installation, do you have to take it off the bike? Were you unhappy with the unit's cadence sensor, or did you already have the garmin sensor?
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Originally Posted by sqharaway View Post
Thanks for the feedback! Do you have the Type S or the previous model? Re: battery installation, do you have to take it off the bike? Were you unhappy with the unit's cadence sensor, or did you already have the garmin sensor?
I have the Type S Rotor 3D with Shimano 4 hole. The battery can be installed while on the bike, but if you're installing it you may as well setup the batter before you put it on. As for the cadence sensor, my bike has an integrated cadence/speed sensor.
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Originally Posted by Nebby10 View Post
I have the Type S Rotor 3D with Shimano 4 hole. The battery can be installed while on the bike, but if you're installing it you may as well setup the batter before you put it on. As for the cadence sensor, my bike has an integrated cadence/speed sensor.
I have the typeS and that's my beef with the new design. How do you exactly do this when the bolts are hard to reach?



I had to put mine on when it came to me and I wondered immediately on how to remove the battery without removing the entire crank.
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Originally Posted by KantoBoy View Post
I have the typeS and that's my beef with the new design. How do you exactly do this when the bolts are hard to reach? I had to put mine on when it came to me and I wondered immediately on how to remove the battery without removing the entire crank.
Check out page 38 of this manual: https://www.power2max.de/downloads/po...manual_web.pdf

Can't you just turn the bike upside down and access the screws from behind the rings, as pictured in the bottom photograph?
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Originally Posted by KantoBoy View Post
I have the typeS and that's my beef with the new design. How do you exactly do this when the bolts are hard to reach?

I had to put mine on when it came to me and I wondered immediately on how to remove the battery without removing the entire crank.
It depends on your frame, but on my bike you can easily reach the two screws from the non-drive side. Requires a bit of careful crank rotation so they show up below the bottom bracket, but it's doable as long as your frame works for it.
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