EB14: Quarq XX1 MTB Power Meter Gets Official, Teases New Features for All Models

2015 Quarq XX1 crankset power meter

Quarq has officially launched their XX1 power meter spider for all SRAM 1x mountain bike cranksets. It’s available as a chassis, built onto an XX1 level crank arm using a new mounting interface and other new features.

It adds in “multipoint, active temperature compensation” that’s pulling from 10,000 data points to calibrate it as it’s cycled from 0° to 130° F. That provides a baseline setting for temps within that range. So, outta the box it knows what the calibration should be for any temperature you’re likely to ride in, staying accurate for the whole ride, season to season.

Power through for more new features that’ll carry over to all their power meters…

2015 quarq xx1 power meter crankset

They’ve also given it the ability to measure cadence through the accelerometer, no longer requiring a magnet. That feature is a firmware upgrade, so it’s backward compatible to any PM with the LED and CR2032 battery (all current gen units – Elsa, Riken, Red).

And that update is easier than ever to do. It’s available through their Qalvin software, which is now available on more platforms. Qalvin 1.5 updates to add Windows and Mac desktop compatibility, and is still a free download and still available as an iOS or Android app, too.

2015 quarq xx1 power meter crankset

It’ll fit any of SRAM’s 1x cranksets. It fits 104bcd chain rings from 32T to 38T, so you may need to get a standard X-Sync chainring rather than the direct mount chai rings that come with XX1.

If you recall the announcement of Quarq’s move to a lower cost, module based sales strategy, they started selling the PM spider with a crankset attached but without chainrings. The only ones your could buy as just the spider were for Specialized and Cannondale. They mainly wanted to sell the SRAM ones as a complete system because they wanted to assemble it and calibrate input at the factory to ensure the best customer experience. But, it was still mounting via SRAM’s usual three-bolt design.

The new modules for XX1 and another new one we can talk about tomorrow are using a new 8-bolt mounting interface, which they say enhances accuracy a bit by creating a more robust spider/crank interface. Quarq’s Product Manager Troy Hoskin says it’s not that there was anything wrong about the original mounting method, but this also helps improve the manufacturing process and serviceability. The old interface used Locktite on the entire spider/crank interface that’s left to cure, then it’s bolted on. That made it harder to remove. The new design does away with the Locktite, but gets bolts running the entire circumference. Eventually, this new design will carry over to all of their SRAM-based offerings.

Comments

Mr Smith - 08/26/14 - 7:16am

Yum. Direct mount chai rings.

SamSkjord - 08/26/14 - 7:23am

£1149 the carbon-armed cranks for those who were wondering

liljoe - 08/26/14 - 11:27am

Quarq Dorqs back again! Yeah Troy! Aussie! Aussie!

wheelz - 08/26/14 - 11:54am

This looks great. Still wish the prices would come down a bit more.

A-ron - 08/26/14 - 1:13pm

Pretty sure the 30t options still work on this. (RF, Absolute Black, Wolftooth, etc)

In the Qalvin manual it lists 30t as an option when setting up your head unit and XX1 powermeter.

Swag - 08/26/14 - 1:45pm

How much added weight over XX1 standard crank?

MTNBKR83 - 08/26/14 - 2:26pm

“It adds in “multipoint, active temperature compensation” that’s pulling from 10,000 data points to calibrate it as it’s cycled from 0° to 130° F. That provides a baseline setting for temps within that range. So, outta the box it knows what the calibration should be for any temperature you’re likely to ride in, staying accurate for the whole ride, season to season.”

SRM has done this for years…it’s called “automatic zero offset.”

takemy$ - 08/26/14 - 2:42pm

so, when will it be available?

moneytakenhere - 08/26/14 - 2:44pm

So when do they start shipping?

Derek - 08/26/14 - 2:56pm

Is that a Dura-Ace version in the last picture?

Alex@Quarq - 08/26/14 - 6:15pm

The XX1 Power Meter will be available for purchase tomorrow, Wednesday the 27th. We have units available and ready to ship!!!

As for a 30t ring options, we have tested these meters with a few non-SRAM 30t offerings and they are going to be tight. Some modification to the ring may be required!!

Derek give our CS a call tomorrow, we got a t-shirt for you!!!!

Moby - 08/26/14 - 10:56pm

Thanks for the windows version of Qalvin! Just ordered an ant USB stick to take advantage of it.

FLACK - 08/29/14 - 11:32am

love the integrated aesthetics of SRAM and Quarq working together.

not sure i follow why the bigger BCD so regular XX1 CRs won’t work…i really liked to 28 and 30t options for when (my sea-level lungs) ride at altitude. /:

any thoughts?

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