Bicycling Power Meter offers next-gen nanotech

25th April 2018
Source: iQ2
Posted By : Anna Flockett
Bicycling Power Meter offers next-gen nanotech

The new up and coming cycling brand iQ2 has developed an all-new, cutting edge Power Meter offering performance-improving benefits and advantages that, until now, have only been affordable to pro cyclists—and those with deep pockets. This new next-gen cycling tool not only offers vastly improved performance over existing Power Meter options, but does so with breakthrough pricing starting at $199 versus others costing $400 to $1000 or more.

With this economical new option, beginner, amateur and professional road cyclists, mountain bikers and triathletes can realise significantly improved performance by more accurately and efficiently measuring, analysing and managing leg power on the pedals. In one fell swoop, the new iQ2 Power Meter has rendered all prior generations, makes and models of power meter devices obsolete.

What is the iQ2 Power Meter?
With this device, cyclists know exactly when and where their legs are producing a certain amount of force and the ‘zone’ that they are in, allowing them to dose duringa ride or workout, so they can outperform them self and others. Users can aptly throttle performance to improve racing, training, record tracking, timing, and achieve other desirable results in any terrain.

What sets the iQ2 Power Meter apart from the pack?
Power meters exist in all shapes and sizes at varying locations on a bike. But they all have disadvantages. So, in addition to vastly decreasing the price point, the designers of the iQ2 Power Meter, cyclists themselves,significantly increased usability while positively affecting the cost. 

Located between the crank and pedal, the iQ2 Power Meter is easy to install, swappable between multiple bikes, light, strong and highly accurate. It’s not necessary to replace any existing bike parts. It runs on a standard battery that is replaceable after 200 – 300 hours use, and connects to all universal bike computers and sports apps through Bluetooth and ANT+. It’s compatible with all bikes, contains revolutionary thin film strain gauge technology and handles all conditions.  

The power meter is available as a single left-or right-only unit, or as a dual power meter set. The dual set measures left and right leg power independently. One unit weighs just 29.7gs and contains a strong and light titanium adapter. An advanced low-pressure moulding technique ensures this Power Meter is waterproof and dustproof. Colour accents are customisable to fit cyclists’ bike, mood and personal style. 

Relative to the internal functionality, when a leg puts power on the pedal, it causes a miniature bending of the metal. A strain gauge captures this pressure as a change in electrical resistance, which is measured and simply sent to the app or any other bike software or computer. Most other power meters measure the power of one leg, but the iQ2 device can measure both, so you can see if they’re performing the way you want them to. You can then adapt your training accordingly.

More Tech Talk
Typically, strain gauges inside power meters are hand-glued, causing every power meter to be different from the next. They must therefore be compensated by extensive calibration and complex software. This makes power meters difficult to mass-produce and expensive and shows why some - who underestimate these complexities - do not succeed.

The thin film nanostructure strain gauge iQ2 uses is of an entirely different calibre. Instead of being hand-glued, it requires no human interaction because it is directly deposited on the surface of the part, molecularly bonded and trimmed by laser. It is therefore 30 times thinner than a typical strain gauge. All iQ2 strain gauges are exactly the same when they come out the production process. It's a revolutionary technology used in situations with zero error tolerance, such as in medical, military and harsh environments. 


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