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Power guide: What are the advantages of pedal power meters?

Favero Assioma MX pedals

Power metres are more accessible than they have ever been. Once an exclusive training tool of pros and elites, they are now more affordable, if not necessarily cheap, and more user-friendly than in years past. In particular, the rise of pedal based power metres makes it a training tool that is easy to take advantage of for riders, no matter what type of riding you do.

Pedal Power vs crank power

There are several types of power meters available these days, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. Most center around the bottom bracket area, either in the crank arm, the spider between crank and chainring, a few lingering crank spindle-based models and, more recently, pedal-based power meters.

The first three tend to boast better battery life, since they have more space to work with. Unfortunately, unless you happen to have several bikes that use the same standards (BB, crank, chainring, gearing), they really are specific to one bike or, at best, one type of bike.

Pedal-based power meters, on the other hand, take advantage of one of the few standard in cycling that  remains consistent across all types of bikes. Road bike, track, bike, gravel bike, mountain bike, downhill bike:  the same pedals can be attached to any set of cranks. Shimano’s widely-adopted SPD standard, in particular, works for everything from downhill to XC and gravel.

The latest pedal-based power meters, like Favero’s Assioma Pro MX, overcome most of the problems that held competitors back. Smaller internals mean that, at 11.2mm stack height, they are almost as slim as non-power pedals. At 191.4g/pedal, they’re also the lightest power meter pedal on the market. With all electronics houses safely inside the Pro MX’s stainless steel spindle, they’re tough enough to take the abuse of mountain biking. Favero even offers replacement pedal bodies at a price consistent with other non-instrumented pedals, so you can keep the Pro MX’s rolling if you do damage the 6061-T6 Aluminum outer body. The cleat mechanism itself is made of chrome molybdenum alloy that, with a surface hardness of up to 800 HV, will easily take the abuse dished out by mountain biking.

Favero Assioma MX pedals

Pedal power to the people: what are the advantages of pedal power meters?

These improvements in pedal power make taking your training to the next level a more accessible option than ever. Pedals like the Assomia Pro MX, the most affordable power-pedal on the market, lower the price of entry for power-based training,…

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