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Power Meters

Understanding your ride’s metrics and how to improve them will boost your performance - taking you to the next level. Power meters allow you to see and record exactly how much power (Watts) you expend on the bike. Watts are a direct measure of performance, so the more you produce - the better. There is no universal way to mount a power meter; it’s all about what works for your specific needs and is within your budget. Want to accurately follow a structured workout? There’s no better way than using a power meter. Want to focus on increasing your pedal efficiency and remove the guesswork from training and racing? A power meter is what you need. Learn more about each type with our interactive filters below, and get one step closer to finding your perfect training partner.

Types of Power Meters

Pedal

  • Strain gauge located within pedal or pods connected to the pedal
  • Can be single or dual sided power measurement
  • Easiest to install and swap between bikes
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Crank Arm

  • Strain gauge located in crank arm
  • Most commonly used power meter type
  • Can be single or dual sided power measurement
  • Lowest price point for dual sided power measurement
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Chainring/Spider

  • Strain gauge located on outside of small chain ring or within spider
  • Arguably most accurate power measurement system
  • Widest support for crank arm types/sets
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Hub

  • Strain gauge located in rear wheel hub and power is measured through drive train
  • Can be purchased as a complete wheel or stand-alone hub
  • Easy to switch between bikes using same wheel
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Other

  • No strain gauge to measure torque
  • Uses algorithms based on many variables (HR, speed/cadence, wind, slope, and more) to give very accurate power estimates
  • Easy to install
  • Lowest price point
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Power Meter Knowledge Center Powered by TrainerRoad

Think you know where you stand?

Listening to your body is extremely important, but so is listening to your bike. Losing out on valuable data – such as your speed, cadence and power output - can cost you seconds or even minutes off your time. In part one of our Power Meter Series, we set out to find why power meters reign king in the world of cycling data with TrainerRoad's Head Coach and Co-Founder Chad Timmerman as our guide. With nearly 10 years of coaching experience as a USA certified Cycling and Triathlon coach, Timmerman shares his expertise and explains the importance behind the most efficient training partner on the market. Read More

So many choices, so little time.

Since this is an investment piece, we understand the need to thoroughly research before you take the plunge. With so many options available, it's easy for certain features to just blur together after a while. In part two of our Power Meter Series, Coach Timmerman breaks down each pain point of finding your perfect power meter. Whether you go for the pedal, crank, hub or crank-arm based system, it's important to understand that choosing a power meter often depends on your riding style or situation. Explore pricing, learn the lingo and figure out what style of power meter will give you the biggest advantage in your next race. Read More

You've got the power. Now what?

With your new, shiny power meter in hand, the next step is to get moving! But before you jump right in, take some time to audit your current training program. In part three of our Power Meter Series, Coach Timmerman tells us how to incorporate a power meter into your routine and create an efficient, effective and structured training program that will get you to that next level. Making sure you create a dynamic program that will allow you to keep climbing and avoid a plateau will be key to your success. Learn how to assess your general fitness, calculate your functional threshold power and more. Read More