powermeter

Quarq ELSA RS power meter review

Quarq has been refining its crank-based power meters since 2006. The company’s latest road crank, ELSA RS, features a four-bolt spider specifically designed for Shimano chainrings. In this review, CTech Editor Matt Wikstrom takes a closer look at what the ELSA RS has to offer.

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Pioneer Gen-2 Powermeter Review

Pioneer isn’t a company you think of when talking powermeters. However, inside the US division of the company are a number of cycling enthusiasts and when they began tinkering with the idea, they realised that they had all of the technology in-house to be able to create a powermeter with all the best features that […]

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Stages Powermeter Review

There have been a number of advancements in powermeter technology in the past year and all this competition is a fantastic thing for consumers – it means better technology, more choices, and better prices for users entering the market. On that note, Stages is a newcomer to the powermeter scene and the company is already […]

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Garmin Vector First Look

Over the weekend was the first public showing of the Garmin Vector powermeter at the Ausbike Expo. The guys from Garmin were flat out showing it to the hordes of people interested in seeing this long anticipated pedal-based power meter. Will it live up to expectations?

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Quarq v.s. Powertap – Powermeter Review

I’ve been a bit of a powermeter freak for about 7 years now and have a hard time imagining training without one. This isn’t to say that you need a powermeter, however I personally get a lot of enjoyment and insight by having one. Quite often the first thing I do when I get home […]

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Melbourne to Ballarat – Crosswinds and Number Crunching

Once thing I love about racing here in Australia is the history behind some of these events.  Some of these races have been going on for a hundred years!  For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Melbourne to Ballarat Classic Handicap, it’s a race that started in 1908.  I wish I could find […]

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Power vs Torque

Torque is a measure of how much a force acting on an object causes that object to rotate.  Force per pedal stroke basically.   Power is a product of torque and rotational speed (i.e. cadence). The power graphs below are a good visual example of the difference in torque and power and how it relates to […]

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Powermeter vs Heart Rate Monitor

I receive a lot of questions about why your would train with a powermeter vs a heart rate monitor.  They’re all great questions and they make me stop to think before I go on praising the greatness of having a powermeter and how it’s revolutionized my training.  I think powermeters are a great thing and […]

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Maximum Aerobic Power In Cycling

If you’ve never tested aerobic power before you should really try it out – it’s a hoot….if you’re not the one doing the testing that is. Typically in lab conditions a MAP test (maximum aerobic power) is performed by riding at increasingly harder efforts to exhaustion.  There’s a few different protocols, but it would typically […]

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Training With A Powermeter

It’s been a while since I last used my Powertap.  It had stopped working just before Christmas but the great guys at TFM and Powertap quickly got me back on track.  After every ride I’m eager to download my stats, graphs and data to analyze it and pick it apart.  If you’ve never used a […]

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