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Pioneer Power made a name for itself in cycling by bringing what it calls HDD – High Definition Data – to cycling. In addition to wattage, it gives rider’s force and torque direction 12 times each pedal stroke, for each leg. While the meters can be used with other ANT+ head units, Pioneer’s own units display these force and torque vectors graphically, as well as tell a rider how efficient their pedal stroke is.
What Pioneer quickly realized was, as valuable as these new metrics were for professionals, everyone that wants to get better at pedaling a bike had much to gain from power and a better understanding of their pedal stroke. So in September of last year they launched a single sided power meter. The price dropped considerably, to under $1000 for Dura-Ace.
Now, in less than week. Send in your crank on Monday, and you’re riding with power and High Def Data that Saturday. You won’t have a spare left side crank arm lying around and your bike only gets 22grams heavier. The meter is compatible with Dura-Ace, Ultegra and even 105, bringing the price of Pioneer power to a new group of riders.
Pioneer SGY-PMLTC meter essentially takes the left half of its dual meter, and like Stage’s or Rotor’s left side power meter, doubles the wattage number. But the left side only Pioneer meter still delivers some HDD, it takes the 12 force vectors measured on the left and extrapolates to both legs and delivers pedal efficiency. You’ll still need a Pioneer head unit to take advantage of it, but the basic wattage number is ANT+ and will display on any compatible head unit. If riders progress to the point where they want dual sided power they won’t need a new meter, they can just add a right side kit. The SGY-PMLTC power meter kit is compatible with 165mm to 180mm length cranks and available now.
For more info check out: www.powerisking.com.
Go inside Pioneer’s facility and on the road with its pro teams to learn more about its meters with our Leading Edge documentary.