Backers should not expect to receive units until late February and March

Hailed as “the world’s smartest power meter“, the crowdfunded Limits Power Meter has fallen even further behind schedule, with backers now not expected to receive the product until late February or March.

Limits, a power meter which is designed to fit between pedal and crank, raised nearly $475,000 (£333,000) in crowdfunding in 2015, with backers initially being promised that they would receive their power meters in December. However since then, the project has been subject to serious delays, with the estimated delivery date being at least a month away.

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Speaking to Cycling Weekly, Limits marketing manager Ioanna Kontoliou said that although delivering the finished product has taken longer than initially hope, this was typical of the challenges faced by other companies delivering innovative products.

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“We have fallen behind schedule and this is regrettable but when you bring an innovative product to the market there will be hurdles you did not anticipate through development, qualification, production, logistics, this is normal and no different for anyone else doing similarly.

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“That said it’s important that we do not allow ourselves to be pressured in to releasing a sub-standard product early as this would do us irreparable damage. We are as keen as any backer to see the product ship but we will not do so until we are 100% satisfied that the finished product will be fit for purpose.”

Kontoliou also dismissed claims that power data shown on cycling computers at the launch of the Spokes RT, a junior racing team supported by Limits, was taken from the Wahoo Kickr turbo trainer that the bikes were mounted on, rather than from the Limits power meters.

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“The power displayed on the computer was from the Limits product, not the Wahoo Kickr. Unfortunately we needed a turbo trainer to allow people to trial the product and people sadly jumped to the conclusion it was the Wahoo data.”

Limits has promised to send us the finished product when it is ready to review in mid-February, so we’ll be putting it through its paces to see if it’s been worth the wait.