Increasingly diverse range of brands in the 2016 WorldTour peloton
Nearly every WorldTour team has a power meter sponsor, and although SRM is still the most popular brand for the pros to use, there is increasing diversity of power meters at the top level of cycling.
Another year and SRM is still the most popular power meter brand in the pro peloton. The German company has been making power meters for an astonishing 30 years, with the pros first using its products way back in 1991.
SRM prides itself on the unrivalled accuracy of its power meters, so it’s no surprise to see three teams who are not sponsored by SRM (Cannondale, FDJ, and IAM Cycling) paying to use its products.
After spending more than 70 years concentrating on producing radios and speakers, it seemed a bit of a strange move for Pioneer to suddenly lurch into the cycling power meter market a couple of years ago. However, the Japanese company seems to have enjoyed steady growth in its new terrain, now sponsoring two WorldTour teams.
The teams will be using the snappily named Pioneer SGY-PM910H2 power meter which can measure and display (through a Pioneer head unit) not only power, cadence, and everything else you’d expect from any of these power meters, but also where you’re putting down the power through every 30º of your pedal stroke.
As a subsidiary of SRAM, it’s no surprise to see the two WorldTour teams that are running SRAM Red eTap using the world’s first wireless groupset in conjunction with a Quarq power meter. Although Quarq make power meters that are compatible with Shimano, Specialized, and Cannondale cranksets, both Ag2r-La Mondiale and Katusha are using the specially built SRAM Red eTap version.
Watch: SRAM Red eTap review
The crankset spider-based system means that chainring choice does not affect the power measurement, something useful for pro mechanics who might find themselves having to change the chainrings on 15 different bikes ahead of a tough mountain stage.
Officially both Dimension Data and Lampre-Merida are using Rotor INpower power meters, a one-sided system that takes power measurements from within the axle. However, Dimension Data seem to be testing a new dual-sided option, with the system spotted on Mark Renshaw’s Cervelo S5 at the Tour Down Under.
Rotor is staying pretty tight-lipped on the details of this new system, only being able to confirm that it is called the 2INpower, and will “share some of the characteristics” on the existing INpower system.
Used by: Etixx-Quick Step
One new entrant into the WorldTour in 2016 is 4iiii, with its Precision Pro power meter being used by Etixx-Quick Step. This is the first dual-sided power meter that the Canadian company has produced, and it’s something of a coup to see it being used by one of the leading teams at the top-level of the sport.
4iiii say that its power meter adds a mere 25g to the bike, with two pods installed on the inside of the left crank and between the arms of the chainset, and we assume the power meter will be compatible with the FSA electronic groupset that we expect to see released later in the year.
Used by: Movistar
Movistar are the only team who will be running Power2Max power meters in 2016. The Spanish squad will be using the company’s Type S power meter, which is available in a range of different options to fit different cranks and groupsets.
The Power2Max Type S power meter is mostly available with five bolts, but Movistar’s version is a four arm version to make it compatible with the latest Campagnolo Super Record chainsets.
Used by: Team Sky
Team Sky are the only WorldTour outfit using a Stages power meter, which could be surprising to see a team renowned for its detailed approach to training using a single-sided power meter that takes the power from your left leg to give an estimate of your total power output.
2016 will be Sky’s third season using Stages, having swapped from SRM back in 2014, and the team now has the option to use carbon cranks with the updated Stages system that was released recently.
Used by: FDJ
One power meter which might be being used in the WorldTour this year, is Shimano’s new power meter. Or at least we think that’s what it is. The little black box was being used by a couple of FDJ riders at Challenge Mallorca, although Shimano would not confirm whether or not this was indeed its new power meter.
We’ll have to wait and see whether an official launch could be around the corner later in the year.