Buyer’s guide: power meters

All you need to know about buying a power meter

The power meter market is booming.

While SRM and PowerTap once dominated the market, there’s now more choice than ever, with Stages, Garmin, Rotor, Power2Max, Quarq and Pioneer among the companies to throw their hats into the ring in recent years.

The power meter market is more competitive than ever, with Team Sky supplier Stages among the new players (Pic: Stages)

SRM’s grip on WorldTour team sponsorship has been loosened as a result, with Team Sky and Movistar both switching from the German firm to Stages and Power2Max respectively. Garmin sponsor, well, Garmin, Rotor supply Lampre-Merida and Quarq’s power meter tells Omega Pharma-Quickstep’s Mark Cavendish how many watts he is producing during a sprint for the finish line.

What does that mean for the rest of us? Well, there’s never been a better time to buy a power meter. But do you need one? And how do you get the best out of a power meter? And what’s the right system for you? We’ll caught up with two top coaches – Stephen Gallagher of Dip Deep Coaching and Paul Mill of Elite Cycling – to answer those questions before taking a closer look at six of the big power meter players on the market.

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