COOL PEDALS FROM LOOK and POLAR!
If you were wondering, my birthday is in June.
Another part that will have you waiting, but should be worth the wait is the new joint venture from LOOK and POLAR.
Both are European-based originals (from France & Finland respectively), and both are very good at what they do. So their combined forward thinking has resulted in a power measurement system that combines Look pedals with a Polar computer for display and data collection- and it’s the first system to measure power at the pedals.
Look are the guys who perfected the clipless pedal and set us all on the path to strapless enlightenment, so it makes sense that they’re pushing the boundary again, this time with a strain gauge built into the pedal spindle to measure force as you crank out the mega-watts. Each pedal has 8 strain gauges built in, and a separate transmitter in each also.
Both Polar’s CS600X and CS500 cycling computers will work with the system, and the standard thread pedals will work with any crankset – making switching bikes pretty easy. The system measures data from the right- and left-side pedals independently (and can be displayed on the CS600X), which should help a lot of riders correct any power imbalance.
Expect these to land here around Spring 2011, and do our best to beat the rush for a full review.
Very cool and if it actually launches on schedule worth considering. But first to "the first system to measure power at the pedals", sorry Jeff, MetriGear beat these guys to the punch by two years, they just have not starting selling their product, yet.
- 448 grams (both pedals and transmitters)
- Compatible with 170, 172.5, 175 and 177mm cranks
- User-replaceable transmitter batteries
- 400 hour battery life (five months if used daily for three hours a day)
- +/- two percent accuracy variance
- Works with: Polar CS600x, CS600, CS500 computers
- Stainless steel axle, injected carbon body, compatible with all KeO cleats for 0, 4, 5 or 9 degrees of float
- IP 67 standards for dust and water resistance (dustproof, watertight to 1m)
PHOTO: The system is only compatible with Polar bike computers.
Suggested retail isn't final yet, but it's expected to retail for between $1,900-$2,300 (Polar currently quotes prices at 1,500-1,800 Euro, so dollar prices may go up or down from there based on exchange rates.) That includes the pedals and transmitters, but no head unit.
So, about those head units. Polar is sticking with its W.I.N.D. transmission standard rather than go to ANT-plus. That means you'll need a Polar CS600X, CS600 or CS500 computer head unit to log data and download it to your computer.
I asked Lauka why, with the power industry going so strongly to ANT+, that Polar stuck with its own proprietary standard. He replied that Polar sees the future of wireless transmission as low-power Bluetooth.
W.I.N.D. is set up to be able to make that transition fairly smoothly, and Lauka said that ANT+ may actually be overtaken by low-power Bluetooth within a couple of years, forcing other powermeter companies to revise their standards. I haven't yet had the chance to talk with others in the industry to see if they agree with that assessment of ANT+.
If you already have one of the Polar computers, it's compatible with the KeO Power out of the box, no retrofit or software download needed. And Lauka said Polar will provide third-party download capability to popular training programs like Training Peaks.
At this point, the biggest question is whether they'll hit their deadline. Look's Arthur Espos said the KeO Power has been years in development, but Lauka conceded that little real-world testing in pro racing has been done (they have tested it elsewhere).
Lauka said the company doesn't plan to race-test the system much this fall and that there are a few final details to be sorted out. But they are planning on a spring 2011 launch.
Stay tuned to Bicycling.com for more news, reviews, and photo galleries from Eurobike 2010
This ought to be Thi's new saddle bag.
I need help, seriously I have a really bad addiction! I haven't even finished paying for my new bike and then those bastards at Specialized gave me yet another reason to start drooling! Damn... Damn, damn, damn!!
There is already lots of marketing material on the Specialized Website.
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