In a world full of power meter options, going single-sided is never an easy decision, but in some ways it’s the simplest option available. Pioneer is making the leap into a left-arm based system for the first time.
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Technically called the SGY-PMLTC, powerless left-crank arm cyclists simply need to ship their current Shimano Dura-Ace, Ultegra or 105 left crank arm to Pioneer’s installation center, where the device is quickly installed and returned. Pioneer claims they can be shipped in on a Monday and returned back to you by Friday. The sensor can also be installed at home with the aid of an at home kit. An added benefit is the future option for customers to upgrade to a dual leg power system if their needs grow for more specific and detailed power metrics. The SGY-PMLTC measures pedaling forces every 30 degrees, for 12 points of measurement per revolution – 192 data points in all are collected with each crank rotation.
Coupled with a separate Pioneer specific cycle computer (the SGX-CA500/500s/900) the rider can take advantage of Pioneer’s unique HD Power metrics. Beyond the standard power data, information provided on these devices includes force and torque vectors, as well as pedaling efficiency, to help improve training in real time. Peloton Service Course spoke with Giant-Alpecin DS, Aike Visbeek at the Tour of California, who told us the Pioneer Power meter and HD metrics played a critical role in helping the riders come back from the horrific crash that occurred while training in Spain in January.
Not included, but a nice addition to the Pioneer package, the SGX-CA500 head unit features a 1.87″ black and white touchscreen display that is designed to receive and interpret the unique directional-force information from the Pioneer power meter. The computer is a complete GPS offering with WiFi auto uploads to Strava/Training Peaks as well as use of its own free online software called Cyclo-Sphere and ANT+ compatibility for other devices (cadence sensors, heart rate straps and even other brands power meters). Battery life is stated at 12 hours which is similar to other competitors. There are countless display options for all of your training needs and the square shape and design is similar to SRM PC 8.
The combination of the head unit and left leg power device come in at a fairly competitive price point coupled together. Pioneer is an attractive option to users looking to jump into the power market for the first time and remain flexible for future changes in their needs. Stay tuned for a complete test of both items from the #PelotonServiceCourse in the future.
Dura-Ace 9000 Single Leg Power Meter: $630
Ultegra 6800 Single Leg Power Meter: $560
Professionally Installed Right Side Upgrade Kit: $580
Professionally Installed Right Side Upgrade Kit: $500
SGX-CA500 head unit: $300