Pedal based power meters have created a lot of buzz in recent years and for good reason – having the power meter based in the pedal rather than the crankset or rear hub makes a lot of sense as a racer. Wheel changes don’t require a power meter for each wheel, cranks can be easily changed from compact to standard depending on the conditions, and bikes can easily be switched as well. Currently Look and Garmin have been duking it out for pedal power supremacy with a few other companies looking to get in on it as well, but the latest offering from xpedo is surprising. One of the biggest differences between the new xpedo Thrust E and the competition is that the power meter is completely contained in the pedal body of the Thrust E and needs no additional parts. That means installation really is as easy as threading in a pedal. We’re assuming the pedal will still need to be calibrated like the rest, but it looks as if it could be the easiest to set up of the bunch.
More details after the break.
Using the power measured from each individual pedal, the Thrust E is able to measure both right and left power, balance of power between each leg, and cadence. Data is able to be exported as a diagram and shown on a screen so the rider and trainer or coach can visually see the pedal stroke during training sessions. Using ANT+, the pedals will be compatible with many cycling computers as well as compatible iPhone apps like the Wahoo Fitness app.
The pedal itself uses a forged aluminum body with a chromoly spindle for a weight below 400g for the pair. Built with an onboard 3.7v battery, the pedals claim to offer between 150-190 hours per charge. The pedals will include cleats, but they will also be compatible with Look Keo cleats. No word on price yet, but xpedo hopes to have a formal launch near Eurobike.