SRAM Red Quarq power meter

As the first fruit, post SRAM’s purchase of Quarq the Red power meter shows a really significant step forward.

Far better integration makes it sleeker and, we’re told, will enhance reliability. Our test crank uses a GXP bottom bracket with standard 39/53 ‘rings but BB30 is an option as is a compact.

First off, up shifts are notable better, the chain pick up is quicker and the shift more fluid thanks to the new chainrings whilst down shifts seem to be every bit as fast. A Garmin software update opens the door to more tools such as left right balance, which is great. There is still a little flex when really pushing hard but it’s no worse than the standard cranks.

Quarq say that accuracy is improved and we love that fact that there’s an LED to tell you when the meter is on.

Starting at £1799.99 it’s not a cheap but certainly has a strong place in the market.


Worth the wait?
With the leaves starting to turn and a certain chill in the air of a morning the cyclist’s mind turns towards cyclocross, Castelli is one step ahead as they’ve released details of a thermo version of the SanRemo Speedsuit.

This article was first published in the September 27 issue of Cycling Weekly. You can also read our magazines on Zinio and download from the Apple store.