Got this great deal on hand for my first ever powermeter. A barely used (<500 km) PowerTap SLC+ (ceramic bearings).
Tied up to a Mavic Open Pro rim.
It could be mine for 333€/350$.
The plan would be to use it in 2014 for training only and then by winter degrading it to "winter-powermeter" and purchase some sort of crankbased powermeter in 2015.
Any experiences with the SLC+?
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But they are not without some problems and design weaknesses. If you search the forum you can find other threads that extensively document the problems that design has with the bearings. They are not very well sealed and I have replaced mine about 4 times already. It is no big deal, and you can do it yourself, but it makes me doubt that the ceramic bearings of the SLC+ will last very long either.
But only time will tell. If/when the ceramic bearings get gritty, you can try cleaning them out to extend the life, or just replace them. But I would replace them with steel just to hold costs down, because they will probably go again in about the same time increment.
It is usually only the non-drive-side outer bearing that goes, because it is most exposed.
Other than that I have been very happy with mine. I would by a new G3 powertap without hesitation. But I also want to go with a crank-based system when I can afford it.
If you're switched on enough to be able to do a wheel bearing swap yourself, it's no problem.
If you're the type of person that likes to have a shop look after your kit, or intend to send it back to Saris to get it serviced then it's not so great as they do eat up bearings.
They're easy to work on once you know your way around the hub.
I'd just swap out the ceramics for a higher quality waterproof stainless bearing as soon as I could and it'll be good.
The only thing I am happy about is buying a new hub so I had a warranty to resolve the issues. The service department was great! But the product was far from that. I would not recommend that hub, maybe the newer ones are better.
In short, $350 is a great price to get you started on power. Buy it, use it, save up for a G3 or other system and be mindful of the condition of the wheel...
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