Innovative footbed power meter set to make its debut in pro ranks

RPM2 power meter making its professional race debut with Cylance Pro Cycling

Another day, another power meter, but the RPM2 power meter certainly stands out from its competitors in the way it measures power. The RPM2 goes a step further than the wearable Brim Brothers power meter, with the power measurement moved inside your shoe to calculate power based on the force going through your insoles.

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The RPM2 power meter will be making its professional racing debut this year with US women’s WorldTour team Cylance Pro Cycling, who will be using it throughout the 2016 season in the riders’ Mavic Cosmic Ultimate shoes.

Using technology initially developed to help with lower limb therapy, the RPM2 power meter was first designed as a device for runners to use to analyse their gait and cadence, but this has since been expanded to allow it to measure the power of each foot through the pedals, as well as where on your foot that power is distributed.

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And the RPM2 power meter has all the connectivity you’d expect from any decent power meter, connecting with cycling computers using either ANT+ or Bluetooth, or going directly through smartphone apps such as Strava or RPM2’s own app.

The RPM2 power meter isn’t ultra-expensive either. At $675 (£485) it’s still a considered purchase, but still sits in the lower half of the power meter market, and if you use the promo code ‘CYLANCE’ on the RPM2 website then you’ll get a $50 discount.