At one point, if you wanted power there weren’t many options to choose from. Now though, there are a number of players in the power meter market and all of them are competing for your business. Just recently, Powertap announced their latest round of products which included their C1 chainring based power meter that will be priced somewhere around $700. If it’s any indication of how things are shaping up for future power meter pricing, today both Pioneer and Quarq have announced reduced pricing for their own chainring or spider based units.
When it comes to the unit itself, Quarq uses a spider based measurement system that includes a built in accelerometer to measure cadence without a magnet. Powered by a CR2032 battery, Quarq power meters carry an IPx7 waterproof rating and two year warranty including free firmware updates. Able to measure power on both legs, the units now include 10K temperature compensation and connectivity through the Qalvin App.
Available for both SRAM and Shimano cranksets as well as mountain and road, Quarq pricing has been reduced by 19% depending on the model.
- The SRAM MTB XX1 power meter is built for SRAM’s 1X drivetrains; designed for X-SYNC™ and compatible with XX1, X01 and X1.
- Quarq’s ELSA RS power meter is a bolt-on upgrade for Shimano®’s 11-speed Dura-Ace 9000, Ultegra 6800 and 105 5800 group sets. GXP and BB30 versions are available.
- The SRAM RED 22 power meter is directly compatible with SRAM’s RED 22, Force 22, Rival 22, Force CX1, and 10-speed RED (YAW™) group sets.
- ELSA R and RIKEN R work with 130 BCD and 110 BCD chainrings, both 10- and 11-speed, from SRAM, Shimano® (10-speed only), Rotor, FSA, Praxis Works, WickWerks and others. ELSA R adds a lightweight spider and ExoGram™ crank arms over RIKEN R.