A recent Mtbr poll revealed that less than 1% had a power meter on their mountain bike. In the same group, another 1% were looking to buy one but 9% indicated that they would buy one if there existed a good power meter for under $1000. On RoadBikeReview, a whopping 29% said they would buy one if there was a good option under $1000.
Although power meters are considered the best way to train and get faster, the prohibitive cost of these devices have limited the use to only the most serious athletes with deep pockets or good sponsors. The SRM Shimano XT crankset power meter for example costs $3350. What also happens is mountain bike racers are forced to put that one power meter investment on their road bike and thus use that bike more for training.
SRM Shimano XT Power Meter Crankset for $3350.
But the Mtbr survey also revealed that 9% would buy a power meter for their mountain bike if there was an accurate and reliable option for under $1000. Mountain bikers have long realized the benefits of training, nutrition and coaching and many know that a power meter is the only true way to unlock one’s potential. If one can determine and understand one’s power output, then the body can be trained to maximize one’s power.
Stages Power Meter with Garmin and iPhone.
Enter the Stages Power Meter. It is an $800, 20 gram meter that comes with a left side crank arm and it is the most revolutionary training device to come around in the last few years. It measures power and it displays it on your Garmin device or mobile phone using Ant+ and Bluetooth. It is self contained with no wires, magenets or any other external connections. If it works then it could be a game-changer.
Earlier this year, we took a tour of the company in Boulder, CO and gave insight on product and the people behind it here.