After years of teasing, Garmin has officially launched its Vector power meter system. By incorporating the power meter into the pedal design, Garmin has eliminated many of the issues and frustrations that accompany traditional power meter solutions.
First and foremost is that the Vector system can be added to pretty much any road bike in a matter of minutes, without needing anything more than a pedal spanner to do so. And once you’ve installed the Vector system, it will only take a minute longer to pair it with a compatible Garmin cycle computer.
The pedals themselves are Look Keo compatible, so you won’t have any trouble finding a pair of shoes. No doubt most road cyclists will already have compatible shoes. There aren’t too many like me, who ride their road bike with SPD pedals!
As well as measuring power from each leg, the Vector pedal sensors will also measure cadence. This essentially means that there’s no need for any additional sensors on your bike, since your speed and distance will be taken care of by the integrated GPS in your Garmin cycle computer.
If you’re really serious about your cycling, knowing how many watts you’re pumping out during every moment of your ride is paramount, and now it’s easier than ever to gather that invaluable data.
So what’s the downside? At £1,345 the Vector system costs more than many keen cyclists spend on their bikes. However, that’s about par for the course when it comes to power meters. It’s also safe to assume that if the Garmin Vector kit costs more than your bike, you’re not the target market.
I’m currently in the process of testing the Garmin Edge 810 cycle computer and I’ll be badgering Garmin to send me a pair of Vector pedals to pair with it. Even if it does mean I have to buy a new pair of shoes.