August 19, 2011

Garmin Vector - Wireless Power Meter Pedals


Garmin has announced the new Vector Power Meter system, an ANT+ compatible pedal set (LOOK Keo format) that wirelessly sends power measurements from each pedal to a compatible Garmin Edge biking computer. Not only can you receive heart rate, and cadence on your compatible Garmin Edge Bike Computer, but you will now be able to get power readings for both your left and right pedals. The whole dataset can then be uploaded and analyzed after the ride on the Garmin Connect website.

How it Works

Most power meters include installing it as an integral part of the bike's drivetrain where it takes a significant amount of time to install the power meter hug. the Vector system is simply a set of pedals, which measure the deflection of the pedal's crankshaft when you push on it. That reading is translated into the amount of power exerted on the pedal and it then transmits it to the wireless bike computer.

From Garmin....“Vector’s easy-to-own design has the potential to make power-based training more accessible and usable by a broader range of athletes,” said Hunter Allen, founder of Peaks Coaching Group and widely regarded as a leading expert in training with a power meter. “In addition, by integrating the TrainingPeaks metrics of Normalized Power, Intensity Factor and Training Stress Score directly into the Edge head units for real-time display, Garmin continues to demonstrate a strong commitment to advancing power-based cycling tools.”

The Vector system isn't for weekend park cruisers... it is priced at $1499, and will be available next March.

More info at the Garmin Vector Mini-site....

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Posted by Scott Martin at August 19, 2011 8:11 AM

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