Garmin have just announced the addition of an ANT+TM compatible power meter to complement its Edge 800 and 500 bike computers. Named the Vector, it is the lightest weight direct measurement power meter on the market, and designed for quick installation, portability, and ease-of-use. Garmin claim it takes only minutes to install, providing accurate and reliable power data with the added bonus of measuring and presenting right and left leg power balance. Training with a power meter is recommended by most experts, just blink when you get to the price…
The Vector is road specific at the moment, no news as to whether an MTB compatible version is on the way. Full release form Garmin -
“In developing Vector we knew we were starting to change cycling forever. Due to cost and complexity, measuring power has traditionally been the preserve of the few. Now, with Vector, the pedal-based power meter from Garmin, more cyclists and triathletes will have the opportunity to measure power more simply than ever before” said Andrew Silver, EMEA Product Manager- Fitness. “From picking it up at your local bike shop and installing at home in minutes, to giving you accurate and reliable total and independent leg power measurements, Vector becomes one of the most desirable solutions in the cycling market.” Silver continued. “There’s a richness in data and capabilities that come from the combination of our location of measurement – the pedals – and Vector’s sensor design.”
Quick and easy: For many cycling enthusiasts, purchasing a power meter is an intimidating and potentially complicated process, often involving mechanical tradeoffs for their bikes. Vector simplifies the decisions and the process. Cyclists can now walk into their local bike shop, walk out with a Vector power meter in hand, and install it themselves in minutes. There’s no need for a custom order process, no need for a mechanic, and no downtime while their bike is in the shop. With integrated cadence measurement, there are no external sensors to install, and all calibration is performed before the Vector power meter hits the store shelves. Vector’s easy-to-install design makes it easy to swap between bikes, and easy to take to out-of-town events when renting or borrowing a bike. Vector’s light weight and durable injected carbon fiber pedals are LOOK Keo compatible, and its ANT+ wireless pedal pod transmitters fit most major cranksets. Vector has also been designed to be easy to update as software enhancements are made, thanks to its ANT+ wireless technology. To see Vector in action, go to www.garmin.com/Vector.
Wizardry behind the watts: Vector works by measuring the normal deflection in the pedal spindle as you pedal, throughout your entire pedal stroke. By comparing the measured deflection to a factory-calibrated deflection caused by a known load, Vector can determine how much force you’re applying to the pedal. With force measurements, the cadence measurements from Vector’s integrated accelerometers, and time, Vector accurately calculates watts. The force sensors are permanently and securely sealed within the pedal spindle, one of the most robust components on the bike.
Get an ‘Edge’ on the competition: For users already using a Garmin Edge® 800 or Edge 500 cycling computer, adding a Vector power meter will take their training to the next level. Not only will the Edge display total power, left and right leg power, and cadence, it will now also display in real-time the widely adopted power metrics from TrainingPeaksTM: Normalized Power (NP TM), Intensity Factor (IF TM) and Training Stress Score (TSS TM). The Edge 800 adds a new interval summary page to enhance the power-based training experience.
“Vector’s easy-to-own design has the potential to make power-based training more accessible and usable by a broader range of athletes,” said Hunter Allen, founder of Peaks Coaching Group and widely regarded as a leading expert in training with a power meter. “In addition, by integrating the TrainingPeaks metrics of Normalized Power, Intensity Factor and Training Stress Score directly into the Edge head units for real-time display, Garmin continues to demonstrate a strong commitment to advancing power-based cycling tools.”
Complete the suite: For post-ride analysis, mapping, course and workout creating and detailed power metrics, Garmin ConnectTM is a tool for every level cyclist. With over 1 billion miles logged, users will never be stuck without a new route to explore. At Garmin Connect, cyclists can explore other user’s workouts and send them directly to compatible Garmin fitness products to follow. Having all of their cycling electronics and analysis from one brand means they can trust the equipment, the user experience and the support.
Vector will be available in March 2012 and will have a suggested retail price of £1,149.
Vector is the latest breakthrough from Garmin, which has spent more than 20 years developing technologies and innovations to enhance users’ lives, making Garmin a household name in the automotive, aviation, marine, wireless, outdoor and fitness industries. For more about features, pricing and availability, as well as information about Garmin’s other products and services, go to www.garmin.com, www.garmin.blogs.com and http://twitter.com/garminuk. To watch step-by-step, feature-specific tutorial videos for the Vector and other Garmin products, visit the online learning center at www.garmin.com/learningcenter.