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Velocomp Powerpod ANT/BLE Power Meter
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- PowerPod is the only power meter that attaches to your handlebars--no need to change or modify your crank, wheel, pedals, or bottom bracket. No glue, no water bags.
- Measures both legs’ power, delivering accuracy on par with “gold standard” power meters costing 5 times as much, and accuracy superior to one-leg power meters
- Works with any ANT+ or BLE bike computer
- The only power meter that moves effortlessly from bike to bike, using its GoPro-style mounting system
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Velocomp Powerpod Power Meter::Finally, a power meter that doesn't mess up your bike and empty out your wallet.
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Number 1. I couldn't install the software on a Vista Laptop. I got an error that you had to have at least Windows 7 to run. This isn't a big deal because I have a desktop but for some it might matter. There's two different files that you have to install to get Isaac (PP software) to work with the PP
Number 2. If your going to use Isaac software a lot you will either need a laptop near the bike or remove the PP each time to do the downloads into your computer. This is only one screw to remove it but still takes a couple of minutes.
Number 3. If you use the supplied clamp you will need to get the mount close to your stem to take advantage of the larger diameter. I didn't want to use a rubber spacer on the mount.
Number 4. Led light is small and with the sun out its sometimes not easy to see.
OK, THE PRO'S I'll skip the numbers because I could list a bunch
Mount is super strong. You could probably hang your bike by the mount
PP only weighs 50 grams.
Easy to mount, comes with a screw and a screw with a thumb handle for easier use.
Easy to pair with Garmin (I have the 810)
Seems to have quick readings and output.
When you calibrate it the PP tells you when to turn around. Super easy.
I'm getting lots of data that I didn't know it does, like coasting time and gears
I road a little in the rain with no effects or reading problems.
Charges pretty quickly.
Final Thoughts: I would buy it again for sure
Its going to help my training and maybe keep me from blowing out on hills
Might buy a laptop to keep with my bike for ease of use but which is easier removing PP or messing with a laptop? Might depend on how much I need to download the data from the PP. There's other options for getting readings besides Isaac. All of the data also goes on your Garmin as well.you just don't see the detailed graphs.
UPDATE; I've been using it awhile now and still love it. I've used tech support a couple times after I had to change computers and have quickly gotten an answer from them. The data I'm getting seems to be accurate and consistent. I would buy it again for sure.
PowerPod paired with all my ANT+ sensors ( Garmin ), my Garmin Edge 800 & IPhone 7... Out and Back calibration was easy and intuitive...
*PLEASE NOTE: the Powerpod will NOT pair with the older Garmin GSC 10 ANT+ Speed & Cadence Sensor - this info is not easy to find in the on-line information...
For me this will likely prove to be the Gateway Drug to Power Meter use in my cycling and although the Direct-Force Power Meter (DFPM) purists will poo-poo this unit ( perhaps just a lack of understanding of what's the next technology ) as being just another algorithm based ( read - useless ala Strava ) power meter wannabe I have found the PowerPod to be extremely useful in my riding regiment...
The extra data that is available with the PowerPod but not in dfpm's - such as wind and aerodynamic data - is very helpful in my dissemination of data post ride...
In the end - for me - the most important factor in ANY data that I look at is CONSISTENCY and thus far the PowerPod does appear to give consistent results - - it doesn't matter to me if it is 10% higher or lower than Quark or Stages as long as it's consistent - - if you are a Pro athlete then surely you are gonna need both Accuracy AND Consistency but for 95% of the riders out there who are looking to benefit from a Power Meter then the PowerPod will satisfy all of your needs for the next 5 years or so until some new kind of hybrid measuring device comes along that combines direct-force with algorithms and wind / aero measurement - but by that time you will be looking for an upgrade anyways...
2 thumbs up from this user with 1 caveat - Be careful what you wish for as the use of Power in your cycling may become highly addictive...
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