The exceedingly crowded power meter market recently added yet another player. The new Watteam PowerBeat is being billed as the “first add-on, professional-grade power meter.” Price for the device is $500, a high competitive number given that most watts measuring devices cost $1000 and up.
The small, non-intrusive PowerBeat provides riders with normalized, average and maximum power data as well as cadence, and includes a left and right power meter. PowerBeat works on hollow aluminum cranks of any year or make and will start shipping at the end of 2015. Aluminum and carbon-compatible versions are set to release in 2016.
PowerBeat uses strain gauge measurement technology to detect power output and provide users with what it claims is precise, accurate and consistent data. Built from rods and springs and weighing only 24 grams on each side, two patented mechanical sensors attach to both crank arms, sense pedal stroke, and record the torque applied. The sensor then feeds the data to PowerBeat’s patented algorithm, located inside the comp units, where it is translated to power data.
The comp unit then transmits the data via ANT+ or low power Bluetooth to a Smartphone or cycling computer, enabling live tracking of a rider’s energy output. The PowerBeat app is free for iOS and Android users.
The do-it-yourself installation process features video instruction guides, and the PowerBeat kit includes two sensors that attach to a bike’s crank and two comp units that attach to each pedal. The comp units have a rechargeable battery, which lasts 80 hours, claims Watteam. The kit also includes a USB compatible battery charger and the tools needed to attach and calibrate the PowerBeat before hitting the road.
For more information visit watteam.com.