pioneer cycling power meter now available for installation on your own crankset

Pioneer showed offer several improvements to both the system and the packaging to make them a more viable option among all manner of cyclists.

For starters, you can now add their dual-sided power meter to your existing crankset. Originally, the sold a complete Dura-Ace 9000 or Ultegra 6800 crankset with power meter preinstalled for $1,850 or $1,550 respectively. Now, you can purchase the components on their own for $1,299. They come with a return shipping box, a “birth certificate” that you fill in with your information and they complete with the full installation procedure details. You send it in, they clean and prep the cranks, install it in their California-based clean room, and return it. The process will be facilitated by your local bike shop, and Pioneer will keep them posted on progress. Return time is estimated at 7-10 business days depending on how far you are from California.

The power meter is compatible with any ANT+ cycling computer, but to display all of Pioneer’s advanced metrics, you’ll still need to buy the SGX-CA500 computer for $300. Or, you could get the new bundle…

Pioneer cycling computer now available in bundles with speed-cadence sensor and heart rate monitor

For $379, you’ll get the head unit plus a speed/cadence sensor and heart rate monitor. Or, you could start with this bundle, then add the power meter later. Or just pair it with your current power meter – any ANT+ model should work. The computer has a touchscreen interface that allows for on the fly customization and zero-cal.

pioneer power meter cycling computer now compatible with Shimano D-Fly Di2 wireless information

And starting later this fall, it’ll also show gearing (top left of screen) and gear ratio (top right) when paired with Shimano’s D-Fly wireless transmitter for Di2 drivetrains.

pioneer power meter cyclosphere training program now auto uploads to Strava and Training Peaks

Pioneer’s cycling computers have built in WiFi, letting them instantly and automatically connect to their Cyclo-Sphere training software in the cloud. Now, that data can automatically post to Strava. Just go to your settings, then click “Web Link” on the top tabs, then “Link” and allow it to connect. Once done, the check box to transfer data to Strava should be checked, but best to make sure. By the end of September, they’ll add Training Peaks auto uploads, too. I set mine up and it worked immediately, sending my last ride straight to Strava in a matter of seconds.

Check our first impressions and tech run down of the whole system here.

PioneerElectronics.com

5 COMMENTS

  1. I’m filing patents right now for a new high-end cycling product which uses battery-powered high-voltage copper windings hand-spun to wide carbon fiber disc rims. The BLACKWASTE Dreidel XL9000s will retail for $2499 a pair this spring (including USB charger). Now to hire a special young person to draft some bs about how being doused in electromagnetic radiation is really good for you…

  2. I enabled auto uploads to Strava with the Garmin via Garmin express and it was terrible. It’s more of a pain in the butt than a feature to have the data pushed up automatically. Every junk ride or start and stop gets uploaded. I much more prefer uploading to Strava manually from the device via usb cable so I can tick the check boxes for the rides I want to upload, add titles, comments and descriptions, etc.

  3. A local bike shop tells me they are working on a Campagnolo crank version of the powermeter, which would be quite surprising given the smaller market share and economic viablility. Would anyone have clues if true?

  4. I was under the impression the arm based ones (Pioneer, Stages) only work with aluminum cranks because of the inherent inconsistencies of carbon. There is a Campy SRM, or you can run someone else’s crank.

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