Quarq power meter prices lowered and now sold without chainrings

Quarq has dropped the chainrings from their power meters, offering them as “chassis” only with the crank arms and powermeter spider. The change brings about a price reduction, too.

The move should make upgrades a bit easier on the pocketbook since most of us already have chainrings, and Quarq’s spiders fit standard 130 and 110 BCD’s. All three models see the change, from the base level Riken to the left/right measuring ELSA all the way up to the SRAM Red 22 version for use with their YAW 11-speed chainrings.

The Riken R is designed for use with non-SRAM branded groups and uses a Quarq branded carbon crankarm and CNC machined alloy spider. The ELSA and RED 22 models use higher end Exogram hollow carbon cranks, with Quarq and SRAM branding respectively. Cannondale and Specialized compatible power meters are still available and are unchanged. Full pricing and option breakdown below…

SRAM RED 22 Quarq chassis – GXP (BB and chain rings not included): $1,600/ €1,422/ £1,199
SRAM RED 22 Quarq chassis – BB30 (BB and chain rings not included): $1,650/ €1,467/ £1,249
Quarq ELSA R chassis – GXP (BB and chain rings not included): $1,600/ €1,422/ £1,199
Quarq ELSA R chassis – BB30 (BB and chain rings not included): $1,650/ €1,467/ £1,249
Quarq RIKEN R chassis – GXP (BB and chain rings not included): $1,200/ €1,067/ £899
Quarq RIKEN R chassis – BB30 (BB and chain rings not included): $1,250/ €1,111/ £949

Optional Chainrings:
Road Aero 11-speed – 130BCD – 55-42: $165/ €146/ £125
SRAM RED 22/ Force 22 11-speed – 130BCD – 53-39: $179/ €159/£136
SRAM RED 22/ Force 22 11-speed – 110BCD – 52-36: $179/ €159/ £136
SRAM RED 22/ Force 22 11-speed – 110BCD – 50-34: $173/ €154/£132
SRAM Force CX1 – 110BCD – 38, 40, 42, 44, 46: from $126 to $152/ from €112 to €135/ from £96 to £115

Road Aero 10-speed – 130BCD – 55-42: $127/ €117/ £96
SRAM RED 10-speed – 130BCD – 53-39: $166/ €154/ £126
SRAM RED 10-speed – 110BCD – 50-34: $162/ €150/ £123

TSM 10-speed – 130BCD – 53-39: $125/ €115/ £95
TSM 10-speed – 130BCD – 50-34: $116/ €107/ £88



  1. It’d be interesting to know how Quarq sales have done after PowerTap’s and Power2Max’s price cuts, both of which were pretty substantial.

  2. Gut reaction – at sub 1,000 for the entry points (basically cut $201 of all prices), these could be a winner. At prices above, not sure that’s enough of a stimulus for new demand or convince PTap customers to move over.


  3. Move in the direction, but $1600 or even $1200 for cranks only still isn’t cheap enough for most people.

  4. I use a sram red quarq, It’s nice paired with a garmin 500, but the batt dies often. Any of these meters dropping in price is good to see. I use rotor rings so this is better for me, but not much change for others who will need to buy the rings anyway.

  5. Why not add Bluetooth transmission and temperature calibration? That would be a huge perk and reason for me to leave my Stages power meter. Stage has truly be a set it and forget it consistent measurement day to day regardless of the weather changes… Just wish it didn’t double my left leg power and gathered both legs!

  6. No point complaining about price, power is a rich man’s game. Most people starting to race will be buying a bike cheaper than a used Quarq.
    Once you get power, and you like it, you don’t care how much it costs. It is so much more useful than HR or CAD/SPD for training it isn’t funny. Only thing that can improve this would be a lactate sensor (which is close to production!).
    Temp calibration completely misses the purpose of the offset by pedalling backwards. Bluetooth isn’t supported very well right now. You need your Garmin, not your phone, and BT isn’t well supported yet by any competitor.
    I think its a good move, as someone who has recently moved to Rotor Q-rings. It’s no good charging me money for chainrings that I won’t use. They aren’t consumable like a cassette. Most guys would replace a groupset before their chainrings wore out.

  7. Regular as clockwork, the ol’ ‘doesn’t do L/R power’ piece rears it’s head. I live in hope that people will eventually understand that the potential discrepancy on all strain gauge arrays (generally quoted as ~1-2%) applies to each side, so if your L/R power meter shows 4% difference you might have no difference (-2% on each array), or 8% (+2% on each) and either way, what the hell are you going to do about it?

    SRM don’t do L/R and yet they’re apparently the ‘gold standard’ of PMs; Sky have used both SRM and Stages and don’t seem concerned, and I’m sure it matters more to them than chippers like us. Get over it folks, save your money and buy a PT or Stages and spend the rest on something more shiny or exciting.

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