Pioneer introduces one-sided power meter

Pioneer announces new power meter that will compete with Stages Cycling as an affordable offering.

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Pioneer Electronics has expanded its line of power meters with the new Single Leg Power Meter. This new, more-affordable offering is a direct challenge to Stages Cycling, which offers a similar product — a one-sided power meter with a sensor attached to a standard crankarm.

The Single Leg Power Meter utilizes strain gauges located on the crank arm to measure deflection caused by pedaling force. Power data is measured every 30 degrees, 12 times per crank rotation. Additionally, it features two accelerometers, cadence, and error correction.

“Our new Single Leg Power Meter is a great starting point for any rider interested in incorporating power and power metrics to develop and ride their personal best” said Pioneer’s Russ Johnston.

The new meter is compatible with ANT+ devices including Pioneer’s Cycle Computer. Stages Power Meters also utilize single crank arm measurements and ANT+ but offer Bluetooth connectivity as well. Stages and Pioneer’s power meters are identically priced: Dura-Ace 9000 meters cost $900, and Ultegra 6800 meters sell for $800.

Pioneer will also offer consumers an option to upgrade to its original Dual Leg Power Meter for $749 after the purchase of a single-sided model.

The Single Leg Power Meter and upgrade kit will be available at the end of September. Pioneer is running a sweepstakes on its Facebook page, starting Tuesday until Sept. 29, 2015. The grand prize will be the new Single Leg Power Meter and cycle computer.

Pioneer Single Leg Power Meter options

Dura-Ace 9000: 165mm, 167.5mm, 170mm, 172.5mm, 175mm, 177.5mm, 180mm; $900
Ultegra 6800: 165mm, 170mm, 172.5mm, 175mm; $800
Right side power upgrade: $750

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