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We've been doing loads of research here with regards to the release of the 2012 range (which is now available to purchase), and I think on balance Powertap is the best system for most people.
It is more flexible (transfers to bikes easily) and cheaper than say SRM, Polar, Garmin and Quarq etc. Whats not to love?
Well, bearing challenges are the main one, plus there is the thorny issue of training/racing wheels and whether you want to be training on 50mm carbon rims, or racing on a 32hole trainign wheel! I think this is some of the thinking behind the 2012 Powertap range... there are only two options now, the 2012 Pro and the G3 hubs. The G2 is race orientated, the pro the cheapest hub Powertap have ever produced. You can have one of each, plus a head unit, and still have change from the cost of a set of Quarq.
My website has a little article on the 2012 range. http://www.koolstofcoaching.com/article ... and-wheels
As mentioned, I am sure others will have different opinions. I 'd really like to hear from people that have got their hands on the new pedal based systems.
Can you calibrate the new PT hub or do you have to send it in like the old one?
maybe it would make sense to consider, if you want to use different bikes with the pm, or use a pm-equipped bike with different wheelsets.
edit: pedal-based system could be really convinient. but i fear, bringing it to market takes to long for a use already in the winter-training.
As for ease of switching - I think you'll probably find that switching cranks will be as quick if not quicker than switching pedals so I'm not sure the pedal-based systems are really much better in that regard. And it looks like they'll cost at least as much as the Power2max anyway.
That Power2Max looks good though especially at that price as long as it works as promised.
ajmitchell wrote:surely garmin vector pedal power is the one to get (from mar12)....its £1149 in the UK, gives pedal balance, ANT+. I am saying that as a regular powertap user. I'd recommend the joule head unit which is awesome provided you don't need GPS. Vector will transfer between bikes better than anything else....nb look keopower not ant+
What makes the Vector better than the Power2max? Easier to move between bikes? Nope. Cheaper? Nope. Both ANT+? Yep. The L-R balance is a gimmick as far as I can tell.
Power2max actually works as well
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