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Pioneer launches new power meter

Published February 18, 2014

LONG BEACH, Calif. (BRAIN) — Consumer electronics giant Pioneer Electronics is introducing a new power meter, slightly different from what the company showed at last year's Interbike. While it still offers left and right pedaling measurement and analysis, the new system is now offered with Shimano Ultegra cranksets in addition to Dura-Ace. The company also added a new magnet patch so riders no longer need a magnet ring or bottom bracket replacement.

The new system now fits on most Trek frames and tri bikes and offers more compatibility with a variety of bikes.

Also updated is the SGX-CA500 Cycle Computer that displays power data. Now with a black-and-white LCD touch screen instead of color, the computer is smaller and lighter than the previous model, features built in Wi-Fi, and drops in price to $300 from $900.

Dual-Leg power meter cranksets
Pioneer's system measures torque, force location and force angle at 12 points of the rotation. Its computer communicates each leg's power output, pedaling efficiency and power loss through six independent sensors — three on each side of the crank. Torque data is captured every 30 degrees of rotation and transmitted wirelessly through ANT+.

The power meter is offered as complete cranksets with both Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 and Ultegra 6800, and in varying chainring and crankarm lengths. It adds 66 grams to the original crank weight and operates up to 120 hours on replaceable batteries.

SGX-CA500 Cycle-Computer
The company's new computer has a 1.87-inch black-and-white LCD touch screen and displays left and right power output, pedaling stroke efficiency, power loss, force vector analysis, torque, cadence, heart rate, GPS positioning, speed, distance, elevation gain/loss, barometric pressure, temperature and more. Up to nine data points can be displayed in the same window.

It features six programmable screens, six bike profiles and offers up to 4 GB of memory. Data can be uploaded through Wi-Fi or micro USB.

Online cloud service
Riders can share and store data on Pioneer's online cloud service, Cyclo-Sphere. The free service provides history management and route viewing by date, map or ride list.

The Pioneer power meter will be available as a complete crankset for $1,850 (Dura-Ace 9000) and $1,550 (Ultegra 6800). The SGX-CA500 Cycle-Computer will retail for $300. The system becomes available in mid-March.

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