Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation, today announced Vector S – a single-sensing pedal-based power meter. Measuring forces on the left pedal to approximate total power, Vector S reports power, cadence and more with the option for users to easily upgrade to a dual-sensing system.
“Power metrics are more accessible than ever with Vector S’s affordable and flexible single- sensing system,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of worldwide sales. “It allows cyclists to start receiving the benefits of tracking power output right away, while its upgrade pedal gives them the opportunity for unique additional metrics – without having to invest in a whole new system.”
With no mechanic required, cyclists can easily install their Vector S system or transfer it between bikes themselves in minutes. Its single-sensing system delivers reliable, accurate data, measuring power output at the pedal where force is applied. Vector S calculates power (watts) at various time intervals, measures cadence with its built-in accelerometer, and sends the data to compatible Edge® cycling computers or other ANT+TM enabled devices1. It works by measuring the deflection in the pedal spindle as users pedal. By comparing that measured deflection to a factory calibration, it can determine how much force is being applied to the pedal. It measures a few hundred times per second. The force sensor and related electronics are permanently and securely sealed within the left pedal spindle.
Should users decide that they want to take the next step in monitoring power output and pedaling style, they can simply purchase the available upgrade pedal. When paired with Vector S, the upgrade pedal makes a complete Vector power meter system, delivering direct left/right accuracy and providing advanced metrics including left/right balance data, and Cycling Dynamics2.
Vector S will be available in Q4 in Standard (cranks 12-15 mm thick, up to 44 mm wide) and Large (cranks 15-18 mm thick, up to 44 mm wide) for suggested retail price of $899.99. The optional right-side upgrade pedal is available for $699.99.
Vector S is the latest from Garmin’s expanding fitness segment, which focuses on developing technologies and innovations to enhance users’ lives and promotes healthy and active lifestyles. Whether it’s running, cycling, or other athletic pursuits, Garmin fitness devices are becoming essential tools for athletes both amateur and elite. For more about features, pricing and availability, as well as information about other Garmin fitness products and services, go to www.garmin.com/intosports, www.garmin.blogs.com and http://twitter.com/garmin.
1Edge 1000, 500, 510, 800, 810; fēnixTM 2; Forerunner® 310XT, 910XT
2Cycling Dynamics will be available in Q4 via a software update to all dual-sensing Vector users.