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POWER METERS

Understanding your ride’s metrics and how to improve them elevates performance to the next level. Power meters are an essential tool for cyclists looking to crank it up. They measure how much power (Watts) you expend on the bike, which allows you to see and record effort and productivity. You’ll have the ability to track data over time to meet your goals. Power meters feature various mounting methods and are available in a wide price range; there’s something for everyone. Whether you’re following a structured workout, increasing pedal efficiency or removing the guess work from training and racing, a power meter is the ultimate cycling companion.

TYPES OF POWER METERS

Pedal

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.

crank

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

spider

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

hub

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

handlebar

Handlebar

No strain gauge to
measure torque

Accelerometer and wind
sensor measure opposing
forces

Easy to install from bike
to bike

Lowest price point

TYPES OF POWER METERS

Our top picks

FOR THE best power meters

The best power meter you can buy is the one that helps you get faster. By choosing a power meter that fits your budget and offers the features you’re looking for, you’re sure to make a good choice and get closer to your training goals. Shop all power meters.

Giro Hemlet

Stages Cycling Ultegra
R8000 Power Meter

The Stages Power meter is built on to a non-drive-side Shimano Ultegra R8000 crank arm and is compatible with all Shimano Hollowtech II road drivetrains.

farevo

FAVERO ASSIOMA PEDAL BASED
CYCLING POWER METER

With Cutting-edge cycling technology to make the most of each pedal stroke, the Assioma is extremely accurate thanks to years of careful research and development.

CYCLEOPS M2

Pioneer Shimano Ultegra
R8000 Crankset Power Meter

Pioneer’s SBT80 series of Power Meter Cranksets provide precision dual leg power meter measurements with advanced pedaling monitor capabilities.

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TOP TRAINER ACCESSORIES

power meter KNOWLEDGE CENTER

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With so many power meters on the market, you need a guide to wade through the options. Our experts offer professional advice to pick the best fit for your bike, goals & budget. Learn why you should train with one and how to choose the perfect option for your fitness ambitions. Read the Clever Training Blog.

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WHY DO I NEED A
POWER METER?

Losing out on valuable data – such as your speed, cadence and power output - can cost you seconds or even minutes off your time. With TrainerRoad's Head Coach and Co-Founder Chad Timmerman as our guide, we set out to learn more.

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WHICH POWER METER IS
RIGHT FOR ME?

Since this is an investment piece, we understand the need to thoroughly research before you take the plunge. In part two of our Power Meter Series, Coach Timmerman breaks down each pain point of finding your perfect power meter.

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HOW DO I TRAIN WITH
A POWER METER?

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.