Look and Polar to Release First Pedal-Based Power and Cadence Measuring System
Last year at Interbike, all the road guys obsessed with watts couldn’t stop talking about MetriGear’s Vector Power Meter, and for good reason. With a power meter that fit’s into a set of pedals, Riders are no longer forced into one wheel, or one crank so that they can measure power on their bike. With a pedal based system, if a rider can swap pedals, he or she can easily measure output on any of their bikes.
Unfortunately for MetriGear and its fans, the Vector hasn’t materialized since it was debuted last year. However, Look and Polar have no issue stepping up to take their place. If their prediction of a spring 2011 release to market comes true, Look Power will be the first pedal based power meter available to consumers.
Check out the specifics after the break.
The axle’s internal system utilizes eight strain gauges coupled with a lightweight transmitter that attaches to the back of the axle once the pedal is attached to the crankarm. Keo Power will offer continuous power output accurate to +/- 2%.
In addition to all of the installation and swapping benefits a pedal based power system offers, it also may serve as a training tool to correct bio-mechanical pedaling issues. According to Polar, the system is able to analyze left – right deficiencies and imbalances allowing for riders and coached to better hone in on the perfect pedaling stroke.
That’s all the information we have for now, but you can count on us checking the new system out next week at Interbike!