Garmin Vector S makes cyclist power meter more affordable

Aug 26, 2014
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Garmin Vector S makes cyclist power meter more affordable

If you take your cycling seriously then knowing how much power you're putting into every stroke is important, but pro-grade power meters like Garmin's Vector don't come cheap. That's why we've a feeling cyclists will be interested in the Garmin Vector S, a single-pedal version of the Vector which comes in well beneath its siblings $1.7k price tag.

The Vector S is an upgrade pedal for the left side of the bike, and Garmin claims it's so easy to install that you don't need a mechanic to do it. Once in place, it figures out power in watts at different time intervals, as well as tracking cadence with an integrated accelerometer.

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That data is fed to an Edge cycling computer, or any other ANT+ enabled device. There's also the option to upgrade at a later point to a dual-pedal setup, with Garmin offering a secondary piece that effectively turns the whole thing into the equivalent of a Vector system.

With that, you also get left/right power accuracy, balance data, and Garmin's new Cycling Dynamics information.

Cycling Dynamics includes seated/standing position, Power Phase, and Platform Center Offset, all figured out by the pressure placed on the two pedals. Coming in a software update for Vector owners late this year, it's intended to give previously-unknown degrees of insight into how people ride.

Whether Vector or Vector S, Garmin's system works by tracking the deflection in the pedal spindle a few hundred times a second, then comparing that to a factory calibration to calculate how much force is applied. It works by measuring the deflection in the pedal spindle as users pedal.

Garmin will offer Vector S come Q4 2014, priced at $899.99. It'll be available in Standard (cranks 12-15 mm thick, up to 44 mm wide) and Large (cranks 15-18 mm thick, up to 44 mm wide) sizes, while the optional upgrade pedal for the right side will be $699.99.


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