Ready to start training with power on the mountain bike? If so, Race Face just dropped a very enticing option. Initially launched back in April along with the Next R component group, the new Cinch Power Meter is finally available.

Compared to other power meters, the Cinch version has a few key advantages. For starters, since it’s completely enclosed in the spindle itself, the design is high versatile and works with almost all of the Race Face Cinch crank arms. As long as your bikes have the same spindle length, that means you could swap the power meter from one bike to another – one day using a 1x drive train, and the next a 2x. In this case you could either swap the crank from one bike to another with an 8mm allen wrench, or swap the spindle from one crankset to another using the included crank arm puller (since the power meter occupies the space normally reserved for the extracting bolt). 

It also should prove to be pretty durable since there aren’t any bits to dangle from the crank, in the chainring, or on the pedals.

Specs:

  • Power Accuracy +/- 2%.
  • Cadence & pedal efficiency data.
  • Dual Bluetooth low energy technology / ANT+ for head unit compatibility.
  • Battery life over 400h & USB rechargeable.
  • Utilizing CINCH for 1x or 2x configurations.
  • Cinch Power Meter App for iPhone or Android.
  • 134mm Spindle swaps onto 30mm Race Face Cinch capable Next SL G4, Next G3, Next R, Turbine.

Pricing:

  • Cinch Power Meter Spindle MSRP: $599.99 USD
  • Next SL G4 Crankarms MSRP: $479.99 USD
  • Next R Crankarms MSRP: $479.99 USD

The versatility is key if you happen to be an all around shredder and fast guy like Evan Guthrie who needs power metrics on both his Pivot Les and his big bike.

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Tom
Tom
4 years ago

between power meters and strava segments, the original spirit of mountain biking is officially dead.

mudrock
mudrock
4 years ago
Reply to  Tom

Well these are for racers, don’t know what you expect

Waiting for Watain
Waiting for Watain
4 years ago
Reply to  Tom

The “original spirit” of mtn biking included regular timed runs down Mt Tam. Seems very similar to what we now call Strava, minus the technology of course.

Sam
Sam
4 years ago
Reply to  Tom

No one told you you need to use those things. No Garmin No Rules

Tom
Tom
4 years ago
Reply to  Sam

unfortunately, I’m already seeing gunners show up on rides and completely blow things up because there’s a segment in the middle of nowhere.

Toomy
Toomy
4 years ago
Reply to  Tom

What are “gunners” ?

Tom
Tom
4 years ago
Reply to  Toomy

basically, guys/gals who always drill it, and define the quality of the ride by how many KOMs they got, and how many people they dropped.

michael thomas
michael thomas
4 years ago
Reply to  Tom

sounds fun!

Johan J
Johan J
4 years ago
Reply to  Tom

…so you’re upset because some people want to ride hard in the middle of nowhere? To me that seems perfectly reasonable and about the safest place to engage in such activity. Why is this a problem?

Tom
Tom
4 years ago
Reply to  Johan J

MTBing used to be more social. Go out with a group of people, do a nice ride and have some laughs along the way. Now, instead of racing, there are lot of people treating a ride like a time trial with a results sheet. I guess the same people who are logging the number of steps they take every day, the quality of their sleep, and how many times they had sex this week. Better living through data.

Justin Blaine Steele
4 years ago
Reply to  Tom

That’s what I like so much about RollOUT an app created to encourage social experiences.

stansmonster
stansmonster
4 years ago
Reply to  Tom

Yeah, other people may buy a product that they want and you don’t, guess it’s time to quit the sport.

Tom
Tom
4 years ago
Reply to  stansmonster

If I can avoid the likes of you chasing strava segment times and droning on about your power, I think I’ll be alright.

Robin
Robin
4 years ago
Reply to  Tom

Awesome generalization. Knee jerk responses are fun right? No thinking required.

Tom
Tom
4 years ago
Reply to  Robin

where there’s smoke…

Tom in MN
Tom in MN
4 years ago

So this is left leg power only? They seem to have left this off their website.

Dave
Dave
4 years ago
Reply to  Tom in MN

Yep. A la Ergomo…

jake
jake
4 years ago

Easton uses the same cinch system on their road/cross crank. Is there anyway to get the longer road spindle to work in a mountain application? (I’m not up on all my BB standards.)

NickD
NickD
4 years ago
Reply to  jake

Road spindle is shorter than the mountain, Either will work with either arms, spindle length is based on BB you want to run. If you run the RF arms on the road spindle on a gravel bike it will work but have a wider Q than the Easton arms. I would not run the Easton arms on the RF spindle on a Mountain bike as the arms might hit the chainstays due to the lower Q.

jman
jman
4 years ago

Easton released the same power meter this past summer, not surprising as Chris Tutton runs both company’s.

I really wonder if the Race Face version is actually shipping since I ordered the Easton version in August and as of November it was still not available. The LBS contacted Easton monthly and was told numerous times there were “issues” and it would be “about 2 more weeks”. After hearing “about 2 more weeks” several times we finally cancelled the order in mid-November.

I like the concept of spindle based power particularly for gravel and mountain applications. Just hope they actually hit the street at some point.

Joey B
Joey B
4 years ago
Reply to  jman

Hmmm. The Easton power meter has been available and shipping for some time now. The RF version is shipping as well but in limited numbers. I’ve been using the Easton version on a gravel bike for a few months now and nothing but good things to say about it. I expect the same results the RF version.

Nir Israeli
Nir Israeli
4 years ago

I have this power meter 2 month ago from Jensonusa
its very good

Dinger
Dinger
4 years ago

This will be a good option for the gravel & CX racers. Many of those bikes have crank/chainstay clearance issues that prevent left-arm types, like Stages.

Markus
Markus
4 years ago

Is the total price spindle + crankarms? More than $1000 for a left arm type powermeter? Seriously? I guess there is a market for everything …

Mikey
Mikey
4 years ago

Anyone else find that marketing video a bit strange? 2.5 minutes about a power meter and there’s like ten pedal strokes in the entire video. 95 % of the time he’s just shredding downhill without pedaling. For that type of riding a power meter is quite useless.

BNystrom
BNystrom
4 years ago
Reply to  Mikey

It make you wonder if you see power spikes when you hit bumps while coasting or land jumps and the spindle flexes?

Fat Bike Racer
Fat Bike Racer
4 years ago

How about a longer spindle for fat bikes?