Garmin Vector 2 review

Garmin Vector 2 is a dual-sided pedal-based power meter and update on the original Garmin Vector

Garmin Vector 2
(Image credit: mike prior)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

Make sure you set the torque of your Garmin Vector if you want it to read accurately. The Garmin Vector 2 is an improvement over the Garmin Vector as the new pedal pods make installation far easier. The pedalling dynamics are potentially very useful when used with a Garmin head unit and so is the ability to swap between bikes. However, the similarly priced PowerTap P1 pedals are easier to swap between bikes, have better connectivity and are more robust in my experience.

Reasons to buy
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    Easier to swap between bikes than power meters in other locations

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    Dual sided

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    Pedalling analytics on your Garmin head unit

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    Supports Shimano and Look cleats

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Reasons to avoid
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    Torque-dependent installation

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    No Bluetooth connectivity

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    I would like it to be more robust

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If you want to get the most out of your training, a power meter is the best tool to quantify your workouts. Currently, power meters can be placed in five key areas of a bike: The rear wheel hub, the bottom bracket/spindle, the chainrings, the crankarm and pedals – such as the Garmin Vector we have here. Each of these locations provides different advantages and disadvantages.

Pedal-based systems are easy to fit and swap between bikes, but can be less accurate owing to the complexity of the force measurement and being exposed, puts them at greater risk of damage.

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Oliver Bridgewood - no, Doctor Oliver Bridgewood - is a PhD Chemist who discovered a love of cycling. He enjoys racing time trials, hill climbs, road races and criteriums. During his time at Cycling Weekly, he worked predominantly within the tech team, also utilising his science background to produce insightful fitness articles, before moving to an entirely video-focused role heading up the Cycling Weekly YouTube channel, where his feature-length documentary 'Project 49' was his crowning glory.