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 Post subject: stages or power2max?
PostPosted: Mon Nov 11, 2013 6:25 pm 
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HI all, gathering some opinions on this.

I currently ride a 2011 FSA K forcelight Megaexo crankset- love it. looks sharp, matches my bike, spins forever and shifts well. but I'm in the market for a crank based powermeter and thus will have to change crank. However, I am particularly fussy about chainring options, and I like having he 52/36 setup that I currently have. so, its either going to be a compact setup or a special setup (like SRM have for the FSA K force model.- which I would buy but is really way out of my budget for me, or shimano's new 4 arm system or FSA's new 5 arm standard)

so I've narrowed it down to a few options:

1) power2max K force light compact model. pros are that I get to preserve the aesthetic on my bike. cons are it is the most expensive option

2) power2max rotor 3Dplus compact version- looks simlar to the K force light, so aesthetic is still kept around the same. not as expensive as the K force light.

3) Ultegra 6800 stages powermeter. cons are that I'll be stuck with ONLY shimano 4 arm chainrings which are expensive... and of course left side only power.

4) hunt around on fleabay for a FSA K force 130/110 SRM.

what would you do?


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 Post subject: Re: stages or power2max?
PostPosted: Mon Nov 11, 2013 6:34 pm 
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Same dilemma : I'll be waiting until around 3rd week of December to see if either of the company will put any sales/discount.

I'm most likely going with Stages for the ease of transferring it to another bike as I have 2. The full Ultegra crank option goes head to head cost-wise with the P2M FSA Gossamer although it doesn't have the rings (so that's added cost).

I'm not too concerned with the left leg power only.


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What ruled out Sram/Quark ?


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 12, 2013 1:05 am 
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Same dilemma : I'll be waiting until around 3rd week of December to see if either of the company will put any sales/discount.

Given the recent P2M price drop and the fact Stages is so new to the market, not sure either have any reason to drop their prices in December...

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 Post subject: Re: stages or power2max?
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Stages DID have a coupon code for Dec of 2012. I'll be also looking at adding the $125 for an extended warranty so this affects the price. It'll be pretty much the same as the 3D Rotor + Praxis chainrings/BOR

We'll see. I'm ok with the "virtual" power that Traineroad is giving me right at the moment. I'll be formally doing my blocks in mid-January so I'm in no rush.


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 Post subject: Re: stages or power2max?
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No qarq cos it's much more eexpensive, and my mechanic ( whom I trust) has said the waterproofing sucks.

I'm tempted by the 3d plus. Can get so many BB standards that it'd prettymuch be future proof on any bike you buy.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 13, 2013 8:27 am 
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yeah, personally very close to pulling the trigger on the p2m 3d+ due to the degrees of flexibility.

single leg VS both leg measurement is not worth overlooking if you're going to do a lot of work on a trainer...


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