Announced as early as last spring and shown as recently as Sea Otter, Australian specialists Verve Cycling have opened up a pre-order process for their new power metering cranks. Dubbed InfoCranks, the 110BCD forged aluminum crankset offers a light weight and reasonably (or rather more) affordable way to get left-right balance power data. At a price between 30-50% less than most of its direct competitors, it certainly could make power metering a bit more accessible to the masses.
Join me after the break for release schedule, pricing and some more info…
Being sold direct-to-consumer, Verve has chosen to setup a network of Affiliates worldwide who essentially are customer ambassadors for the brand that will help users get the most out of their purchase. They have partnered with such notable Lead Affiliates as former UCI President Andy Cook and former Swedish road pro Magnus Backstedt, as well as many other respected coaches, sports physicians, and event promoters. Their goal seems to be to not only bring a quality product to market, but to back it up with an unparalleled level of professional advice, support, and service to ensure you benefit from their product.
A pre-order page is up and running, giving interested customers the chance to get in on preview access to Verve’s e-shop before it comes online to the public in the next week or so. Pre-order purchases will ship to these first customers on or before May 20. And future regular orders can should expect less than 8-10 weeks from order to delivery to account for the differing crank length, rings, and BB-fitment options, as well as international distribution. Verve hopes that time can be cut shorter, but as a new public release of their first big product, they don’t want to over promise.
The power metering crankset has been developed with the Australian Institute of Sport to ensure it’s data measurement performance. They are completing some final detailed benchmarking of the accuracy and drift of the final production cranks, to highlight the InfoCrank’s unique ability to permanently calibrate the power meter in the production process, negating the need to recalibrate over time or with a change of chainrings.
All InfoCranks will ship with a set of the well respected Praxis Works chainrings (in 50/34 or 52/36), a Praxis-made BB30/PF30 or BSA bottom bracket, and the o_synce navi2coach bike computer which they have collaborated to develop to be optimized for collecting and viewing the bilateral power data. The 694g (without rings) cranks will be available in 170, 172.5, and 175mm lengths, and communicate over ANT+. Pricing is set – including the Praxis rings and bottom bracket, and the o_synce head unit – at 1533€, 1260£, $1750 + tax, and A$1999, depending on market and excluding shipping. Also in the pipeline is a 130BCD version, possibly to be introduced near the end of the year.
We have agreed with Verve to get a sample for testing in the next month or two, so we will update you with our hands on experiences with the fit, finish, and real-world functionality.