History of pedal power meters
Classically a powermeter is a crank system as known from SRM and Quarq. In 2009, Clark Foy and MetriGear became the first company to develop a pedal power meter. This did not rely on a pedal power meter like many other systems. Strain gaugesbut on a silicon voltage resistor module. Since the idea also involved measuring forces in all directions, a name was quickly found: MetriGear Vector.
This name is the idea behind it and is still the cornerstone of the pedalpowermeter market today. Since the end of 2010 however under the manufacturer Garmin. Metrigear was not able to finance the further steps up to series production itself and therefore sold the company to Garmin. The takeover of the pedal power meter by the technology giant drove the development enormously forward. In 2011 the Garmin Vector Powermeter then presented for the first time at Eurobike.
At the same time, the Polar-Look cooperation with Keo-Power also presented a pedal power meter. However, this system was not very accurate or reliable and therefore could not establish itself on the market.
While the Garmin Vector Pedalpowermeter is very popular on the market, mainly because of its good price-performance ratio, and the manufacturer has developed the product accordingly, two new systems were launched in 2015. Since then, the pedalpowermeters of the Italian manufacturer Favero and the US company PowerTap have been offering customers a choice on the market. Since mid-2018, the traditional manufacturer SRM also offers a pedal power meter. Like the Polar System, it was developed together with Look.
The company PowerTap with the pedal power meter P2 was sold to the component manufacturer SRAM in April. SRAM had already bought the power meter manufacturer Quarq in 2011 and is now expanding its program with a pedal power meter. Currently, pedal power meters are the most versatile and sought-after power meters on the market.
All pedal-based power meter systems are currently supplied for Look-Keo similar cleats. Only Garmin has in the meantime offered a conversion kit for SPD-SL pedals. There is currently no MTB pedal power meter available from any manufacturer.
Value for money
Together with the pedal systems, the lower price limit in the power meter market has also fallen. One of the reasons for this can be traced back to the fact that in most cases both single and double sided versions are offered. Compared to conventional systems, these offer the advantage of right-left distribution. The pedal power meter market therefore offers the right system for every customer. From one-sided entry-level models at affordable prices, to the double-sided variants which, with their advantages, also have a complete right to exist. By ANT+ and Bluetooth the pedal power meters are compatible with all common bicycle computers.
This feature is not only known but also very popular due to the pedal power meters on both sides. It helps you to pedal with both legs as evenly and efficiently as possible. Especially for people with knee problems, it can be very useful to eliminate possible imbalances through targeted training.
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