Pioneer Single Leg Power Meter Review – If you can’t find a crank-based power meter to use with your new Shimano Dura Ace R9100, Pioneer Electronics has you covered. As the first to offer compatibility with the latest releases from Shimano, Pioneer stays with the cutting edge here. And they save even more by expanding power meter kit compatibility to support Campy, Cannonade, FSA, and other cranksets. All of this starts at a reasonable price point for a well-established and respected name in power meters: $499.
In fact, we caught up with Pelopor at Interbike and checked it out in person. Clean, smooth, and it seems to work with precision. It also features some pretty sweet metrics and the new analytics ecosystem adds Expanded Sensor Networks.
Pioneer Single Leg Power Meter Review
Basically the set collects rider data using a series of 26 sensors (strain gauges, accelerometers and gyro sensors) located at five key locations on the bike and the rider – seat post, helmet, bar, power meter and ankle sensor above it. rider’s shoes. All of this can be captured using a Pioneer computer, and analyzed using their analysis software. So, yes, a complete eco-system of products to help the racer or more serious rider get the best metrics and consume the least wattage. Should be quite sweet and still in the development process.
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This power meter kit is designed to add a Pioneer power meter to a compatible crank (meaning, you send Pioneer your crank and they install the power). The difference with Pioneer is that you have more options:
All this includes ANT+ connectivity, +/- 2% measurement, integrated dual accelerometers for cadence measurement and error correction, and waterproof coolness. All sets should be available in October.
The power meter kit can be mounted on your existing crank or crank arm to eliminate the need to invest in a second crank, which is cheaper than similar high-end power meters. In addition, they have the same style direction data as HDPower’s advanced metrics.
The process of getting one on your bike is a lot more involved than just adding it to the cart and paying for shipping. You purchase the kit of your choice at your local store that packages your drive side crank and/or left crank arm in a box and ships it directly to a Pioneer installation center for complete installation.
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The coolest thing about the Pioneer system is what we call the Power Layaway Plan. Start with one foot power now, and keep your options open to upgrade to two foot measurements later. If, for example, you don’t think you need all the pedaling metrics now, but you can become more serious about your racing performance later by improving your pedaling technique by a in-depth analysis.
For cyclists who want to upgrade to the Dual Leg Power Meter at a later date, Pioneer offers a matching kit, SGY-PMLTC left crank arm and SGY-PMRTC right drive side upgrade kit. With 12 points and Dual Leg power measurement, Pioneer’s HD Power Meters help discover the source of pedaling imbalances, identify bike fit, power loss and absorption issues, and are an important tool for improving technique. in pedaling and efficiency.
Remember, this power meter doesn’t just plug into any crank you have – here’s a list of compatible models below:
Pioneer’s power meter kits for consumer-supplied cranks will be available in the fall with retail prices of $499.99 (SGY-PMLTC), $579.99 (SGY-PMRTC), and $999.99 (SGY-PM9100C).
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Former SLO Cyclist editor-in-chief and fixer-upper road snob, Bek makes sure everything runs smoothly here. He’s also the one who reminds us not to take ourselves too seriously–unless it involves black socks. Black socks are always serious. When we first heard that the well-known audio company Pioneer was entering the power meter market, we were intrigued. We published our first look at the Pioneer SGY-PM900 Power Meter back in 2014, and our favorites have carried over to Pioneer’s second-generation unit, the SGY-PM910H. We spent a long time training and racing it, and while there were some initial bumps in the road, we were very happy with our experience. We have so much to share, so let’s get started.
Available for Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 or Ultegra 6800 cranks, the Pioneer unit uses dual strain gauges (one on the left and right crank arms) to measure independent power data from both legs and does so 12 times per pedal rotation, or every 30 degrees. . A unique feature of Pioneer’s unit is that it can provide you with a lot of additional data, including where power is used with each pedal rotation, torque location, angle of force with each pedal stroke, and the location and level of internal power outage. . pedal stroke. In other words, this data helps you better understand through the graphical model where in your pedal stroke you are generating the most (and least) power. According to Pioneer, this type of data can help riders improve their overall pedaling efficiency. And speaking of data, Pioneer will give you 100 different data points. That’s quite a bit of data to work with. So if you’re a data nerd, you might have found the perfect match.
Pioneer’s power meter transmits all data via a private-ANT channel unique to the Pioneer head unit, the SGX-CA500 (sold separately), or ANT+ for those who choose to use their own third-party head unit. Through our research, we’ve determined that torque data is only transmitted over Pioneer’s private-ANT channel, which means you’ll need to use a Pioneer head unit to take advantage of it. If that kind of information is important to you, then the Pioneer head unit might be the way to go. For us, we like to use our own head unit. During the testing process we paired it with a Garmin Edge 510 as well as a Garmin Forerunner 910XT. If you’re using the SGX-CA500, you can check all your data through Pioneer’s Cyclo-Sphere site.
Back to the power meter itself, installation comes down to basic crank installation along with magnet placement. Quite frankly, if your bike allows magnet clearance, which wasn’t a problem in our case (the Pioneer unit found its home on our Shiv test bike). The Pioneer drive-side pod itself sits nicely in place as well. The pod covers are available in red or gray, but Pioneer was happy to help us color match our Shiv. Calibration is also straightforward – the process takes no more than 10-15 minutes. Pioneer gives you the option to calibrate with a temperature point to account for the difference in extreme heat and cold, but again, this is only something you should do if it’s important to you and you’re using a unit of head of the Pioneer.
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So far so good. We tried Pioneer units and speed trainers, but we had problems. We note that the unit measures power from the right and none from the left. We thought it was due to a problem with the placement of the magnet, but soon it turned out to be evidence that the unit itself was defective. After discussing the problem with the Pioneers, they sent a replacement. Since then, we have not encountered the same problem. So like any tech product out there, we just consider this a mistake of opportunity.
When it comes to training technology for cycling, a power meter can be an essential tool. This will give you an accurate measure of your effort, which can be important during a race or an intense training session. This kind of feedback is very important to us. And when it comes to the Pioneer Unit, we find it gives us reliable, consistent data that we can easily use to improve our training and gauge our efforts at key moments on race day. If you’re looking for a more in-depth look at Pioneer’s data output specifications, we recommend checking out our DC Rainmaker in-depth review here. We believe this is everything you want to know about Pioneer’s capabilities, and more.
At about $1,499 (head unit not included), the Pioneer unit is at the high end of the crank-based power meter market—compared to SRAM’s Quark Elsa. On the other hand, a product like power2max is on the more economical spectrum. However, keep in mind that the price of the power meter drops to $999 if you supply your own crank (which we know is already a lot). While we didn’t get a chance to review their single leg option – Pioneer offers the ability to allow athletes to send their crank on their drive side ($579.99) or left hand crank ($499.99). With all that in mind, we feel the Pioneer Unit is a good value. As a training or race day tool, the Pioneer power meter is a reliable and accurate companion that we happily recommend. And considering the almost unlimited number of data points provided for analysis when combined with the Pioneer head