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Pioneer has announced they are transferring all of their Cycle Sport assets to Shimano, giving the Japanese component brand all of their power meter tech. Pioneer went hard and heavy into the cycling power meter space in 2014, applying their precision electronics expertise to strain gauges and crank arms. Which, honestly, always seemed like an odd play for them.

But the units were, and are, amazing. They capture incredibly detailed data about your pedal stroke, with a complete app and cloud-based analysis system, head unit, and more. And, they’ve always seemed very focused on applying that to Shimano’s cranks.

Now, it looks like that affinity has paid off with a deal to transfer their entire catalog of cycling products and technology to Shimano. We reached out to Shimano, and they say the available info is in the press release (copied below, followed by additional info for current Pioneer customers). It suggests they will be adopting a lot of Pioneer’s tech into future products, which sheds an interesting light on their own recently announced crank arm power meter.

More below…

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PRESS RELEASE: Pioneer sends power meters to Shimano

Pioneer Corporation announced today that it has signed an agreement to transfer certain assets of its Cycle Sports business to Shimano, Inc. (“Shimano”), a leading manufacturer of bicycle components globally.

Through this agreement, Pioneer will transfer the assets of these technologies and conclude its related operations. Sales by Pioneer of pedaling monitors, cycle computers, and other related products will cease by the end of March 2020.

Shimano plans to develop products, web services, and applications using the Pioneer Cycle Sports assets and make Shimano services available to customers who currently use Pioneer’s Cyclo-Sphere web services, PC tool, and smartphone applications. Cyclo-Sphere will continue to be available to consumers until Shimano’s services are introduced.

Pioneer will continue to accept customer inquiries about cycle products and services and provide repair services on Pioneer Cycle Sports products sold prior to the asset transfer per the terms of any applicable product warranties.

Background
Pioneer Cycle Sports developed and introduced the world’s first pedaling monitor, cycle computers and web services (Cyclo-Sphere) for cyclists in 2013. At present, the product’s third generation has been developed and is used by many cyclists.

Shimano’s bicycle components are highly regarded and equipped by many cycle athletes. As a result, a significant portion of the Pioneer Cycle Sports product portfolio has been designed to be specifically compatible with or sold pre-installed on Shimano components. The transfer of the Cycle Sports technology to Shimano will incorporate Pioneer’s strength in electronics and IT technologies, enhancing the functions of Shimano products and services and achieving the aspiration of Pioneer to contribute to a wider range of customers.

Schedule
(1) Date of execution of the asset transfer agreement: December 17, 2019
(2) Scheduled date of asset transfer: end of March 2020.

What about product support? Anything new planned?

Pioneer products will, for now, remain for sale through Pioneer’s website and dealer stock. Pioneer will also continue to provide warranty service for the remainder of the warranty period, and for a fee after that. Questions and service inquiries can be directed to their support page.

As for CycloSphere, Pioneer’s cloud-based data capture for your ride metrics, they’ll keep it afloat until Shimano launches their own web-based data platform (hint, hint…sounds like Shimano is setting up their own ride app), at which time your data will be transferred and you’ll need to register for Shimano’s web service.

Pioneer’s cycling computers will, naturally, continue to function just like normal. However, no word on future firmware updates.

PioneerElectronics.com

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PoorInRichfield
3 years ago

Let the price wars begin!!! Stages dropped their prices $100 this year, now Shimano is finally getting into the game. I hope we start seeing power meter prices drop like a rock 😉

Fred Gravelly
Fred Gravelly
3 years ago

BR asking the hard-hitting questions that the cycling world is dying to find the answer to…….

Eric
Eric
3 years ago

I’ve read reports of issues with the shimano power meter — on online forums for what it’s worth. If the issues are real then this acquisition makes sense.

weiwen
3 years ago
Reply to  Eric

The issues are real, but it’s more that because of the asymmetric design of the crank spider, ANY power meter on a drive-side Shimano crankarm is inaccurate. Shane Miller (aka GP Lama) did some testing on this.

aeroB
aeroB
3 years ago
Reply to  weiwen

yet most people experienced inaccuracies with shimano’s meters and not with pioneer, 4iiis, or stages. i get the argument that it’s all in the design, but dc rainmaker has been testing these units for years and never saw major issues with the other brand’s shimano-based meters.

Paul S.
Paul S.
3 years ago
Reply to  Eric

The issues with Shimano crank-based power meters are mechanical, and there is little that can be done at the strain gage or after to correct it. Unfortunately, it is likely that these accuracy issues won’t be corrected before a new generation of cranks is released with a design more suitable for measuring the strain in it. Shimano is a company that rarely makes the same mistake twice, but often doesn’t fix its mistakes until years after they make them, so… 🙁

Rohan
Rohan
3 years ago

This sounds like great news, hope the start yo incorporate Pioneers stuff in next gen Dura Ace.

ted
ted
3 years ago

Hope they aren’t as stupid/wasteful like Sram making you buy chainring meters.

Heffe
Heffe
3 years ago

Shimano has too much of a monopoly in the bike space, bad for the consumer.

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