Is it really worth getting a power meter for gravel riding?

We take you through the pros, cons and price-points of off-road power meters

Male cyclist riding on gravel
(Image credit: Future)

Gravel riding. It’s all about ‘the experience’ right? Getting from A to B, getting away from it all, avoiding traffic - you might think of it as a sport a million miles away from the cycling training zones, intervals and watts that are more commonly associated with road riding. However, could riding with a power meter help your off road riding? Let’s find out.

Right now, there’s an exploding gravel race scene which is growing every year and we’re seeing ever more pros taking to the rough stuff - and bringing their roadie training tactics with them, which includes riding with power. 

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Stefan Abram
Tech features editor

After winning the 2019 National Single-Speed Cross-Country Mountain Biking Championships and claiming the plushie unicorn (true story), Stefan swapped the flat-bars for drop-bars and has never looked back. 

Since then, he’s earnt his 2ⁿᵈ cat racing licence in his first season racing as a third, completed the South Downs Double in under 20 hours and Everested in under 12.

But his favourite rides are multiday bikepacking trips, with all the huge amount of cycling tech and long days spent exploring new roads and trails - as well as histories and cultures. Most recently, he’s spent two weeks riding from Budapest into the mountains of Slovakia

Height: 177cm

Weight: 67–69kg

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