Can you get the full use out of the Pioneer system without their head unit?
Nope only with the Pioneer SGX-CA500 you can get the HD Power Metrics.
Does anybody use the pedaling dynamics feature of the Pioneer and like it?
I use it, and for example I could see the impact of a proper bike-fitting on the angle and size of the power vectors (before and after the fitting). It is perfect for data-driven cyclists
Is anybody able to give a good comparison of dual-sided Pioneer vs Power2max?
I have a left side Pioneer for over a year now, and currently riding a dual sided Pioneer to see what extra information this gives me. However I think you can already have good fun and results with a single sided power meter if you use it in a structured way.
From my first couple of rides with the left side Pioneer, it seems like it loses power readings during sprints or long climbs, does having dual-sided Pioneer change that?
Drop outs is not quite normal and upgrading to a dual won't affect it. You can try to change the battery (level might be low) and perform a magnet calibration and zero offset. See if that resolves the issue, but otherwise I would contact your local bike shop or Pioneer distributor. All technology can break ...
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