Tinea Pedis wrote:
SRM seems to be the CarbonSports/Lightweight of the power meter market.
I don't see how that is a valid analogy. Especially given they are the choice of 90% of the Pro peloton.
If I may explain?
Lightweights were the first really prominent penultimate carbon wheels. The Pros rode them. We even have a thread created that was devoted to "pros riding lightweights" that's how highly people looked up to them. The Pros rode them, we should too, etc:. They had virtually
no competitors out there for a long time for what they were doing with wheel tech.
SRM was the first truly strong powermeter on the market. Because they were the first with virtually
no competitors out there for a long time, and because training-with-power became the thing to do in the Pro Peloton, we saw the Pros ride them. Most continue to do so now
only because of sponsorship or precedence, but their stranglehold on the pro peloton is decreasing and will continue to decrease as other, sometimes better, options are made available and prove their worth.
On the consumer side:
-Everyone looked up to lightweight as the ultimate bling. "Look at me! I'm riding the same wheels that [pro] rode in the Tour!"
-If you have an SRM PCx on the front of your handlebars you look Pro. Because SRMs are used by the Pros. "Look at me! I'm using the same powermeter as the pros!"
On the actual product side:
-Lightweights are still light, but they haven't really improved much in the tech department. They are no longer the preferred wheel for tech. Bling? Sure, but the desire for bling is decreasing as people learn about aero, as people are able to match the weights with wheels that are re-buildable and truable with normal spokes, more availability, and better prices. Lightweights are great wheels, but getting quickly outdated.
Do they still look sexy? Yes. They have that going for them. Carbonsports hasn't changed much, they're just barely keeping appearances.
-SRM is still the go-to... for now. PC8 finally comes around, but it just produces capabilities that other makers have had for years. The powermeter? Competitors are now lighter, more accurate, more affordable, more compatible, more available, more capable. SRMs are great powermeters, but getting quickly outdated.
Does the PCx look sexy out front of the handlebars? Yes. They have that going for them. SRM hasn't changed much, they're just barely keeping appearances.
If you thought you were reading things twice, it was intentional.
There you go. I believe it was an apt comparison.