If you want to train like a pro, you must know there’s a lot more to it than just daily riding, eating right and cross-training in the gym. Pro riders seek out the most advanced technology in order to perform at the top level of their sport. Any elite-level racer looking to find an edge over their competition should be using a power meter during their training rides. However, with so many options out on the market today, it might be hard to find the right power meter for you. We decided to reach out to 4iiii Innovations to put their newly released Podiiiium Precision Pro power meter to the test and, of course, to see if this new system could help us train more like a pro.
4iiii offers the all-new Podiiiium Precision Pro power meter in a few different options, ranging from a ready- to-ride crank or as a factory install to your current crankset. Keep in mind, not all cranksets are compatible with the Podiiiium Precision Pro meter, so it’s best to check 4iiii’s compatibility chart before deciding if this system is right for you. That said, 4iiii does offer a ready-to-ride crankset option, which was what we decided to test. We swapped out the crankset on our Santa Cruz test bike with a SRAM XX1 crankset, equipped with Podiiiium Precision meters on both arms. Opting for dual meters effectively doubles the cost, but ensures a more accurate reading and offers the ability to show left- and right-side power depending on the type of device you use to display your information. We paired our power meter to a Garmin Edge 130 and found the pairing process to be quite simple.
A key benefit to the Podiiiium Precision Pro meters is that they can be fully charged in about two hours with an average run- time of 60 hours. The small unit placed on the backside of the cranks is designed to be out of the way and protected against the elements. The power meters weigh a mere 15 grams combined and are able to operate at temperatures ranging from 32 to 113 degrees Fahrenheit. The meters are built tough as well, with an IP67 waterproof rating, meaning the electronics will be safe even when riding in wet conditions. Ready- to-ride cranksets with dual meters sell for $1500. Having your own single-ring crank setup with dual meters through the factory-installed program will cost you $900.
Field test results:
Upon installing our new crankset with Precision Pro meters, we noticed a fitment issue that quickly caught our attention. The thick rubber chain guard on our Santa Cruz test bike caused the meter to rub against the chainstay. We carefully cleared away part of our chain guard to make clearance for the meter, and while it wasn’t the most attractive fix, it allowed our cranks to spin freely without issue. Once installed, we charged our meters, which were located just behind the crankarms, and waited patiently, wondering if this is what it’s like to be an e-biker. Luckily our system was done charging in just under two hours, so we hit the trails after making sure our meters were communicating with our ANT+ device.
On the trails our power appeared to be as accurate as any other power meter we’ve tested. With a power reading that seemed on par with our efforts, we found ourselves trusting this information for intense training rides. At the end of the day, adding a power meter to your bike won’t immediately make you a faster or more skilled rider, but as a training tool, these meters could elevate you to the next level. 4iiii-innovations.myshopify.com
• Accurate power readings
• Left and right side power sensors
• Very pricey
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