Tech of the Week: the world’s cheapest power meter and deep section wheels under scrutiny

With Eurobike out of the way you would have thought there would be a bit of a lull in the tech world, as everyone moves on to concentrate on actually bringing all their new kit to market. However, far from it, this week has been a pretty good week for all you tech fans out there...

The world’s cheapest power meter

powerpod power meter

The PowerPod takes an innovative approach to measuring power

Our most popular tech story of the week was the unveiling of the world’s cheapest power meter. The PowerPod, which is currently searcing for crowdfunding on Kickstarter, calculates your power not directly through measuring force through the pedals, cranks, or hub, but by measuring the forces which you are having to overcome, such as wind resistance and gradient.

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This idea is nothing new, with the iBike Newton power meter having previously used similar technology, but what is new is the price, which is currently set to be $299, or roughly £195, meaning this overtakes the Limits power meter as the most affordable on the market.

Rotor goes lightweight with carbon Q Rings

Rotor's QX1 (Photo: Rotor)

The single ring option should have plenty of customers over the next year

Also new this week was the announcement that Rotor is to add a carbon option to its Q-Ring range. Ok, so this might be as exciting as the hydraulic groupset that it showed off last month, but we certainly love the name: Qarbon.

The Spanish company also announced that it will be adding a single ring, QX1 option to its portfolio, designed to work with single ring road groupsets such as SRAM 1x.

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New Genesis Zero unveiled at Tour of Britain

Madison Genesis zero new frame

You won’t know the difference… until you pick it up

The Tour of Britain is a great chance for the British domestic teams to shine on the international stage, and it’s also an opportunity for British bike brands to enjoy some rare airtime. One such company is Genesis, who took the opportunity to show off a brand new Zero carbon frame, although you might struggle to tell the difference from the old model

Visually, there’s no change from its predecessor, but beneath the paint Genesis has used a higher modulus carbon-fibre which apparently reduces the weight by a not-insignificant 120g. A frameset is set to retail for £1,099, with the top-of-the range Zero Z.i looking like a pretty good deal at £2,999 with Shimano Ultegra Di2.

And if you’re after a few more good-looking bikes to goggle at, then next weekend’s Cycle Show will have plenty of stunning new machines on display, including the new De Rosa SK Pininfarina, so head over to and use the code “CYW” to save on tickets.

Deep section wheels: do they make you faster?

Knight Composites 65 wheels

Will they actually make you faster, or are they just a very expensive pair of anchors?

And of course you’re going to want some flash new wheels to go with you’re brand new Genesis, aren’t you, Sir? Well, actually we’re not so sure, and have decided to look in more depth at whether you actually need deep section wheels.

As you’d expect, things aren’t clear cut. Yes, they might look great, and can make you ride faster on some terrains, but for many riders, especially those living in hilly areas, there might be better ways to grab those KOMs. Anyway, click on the article above to see if it’s an investment you should be thinking of.