Garmin’s pedal-based power meter will be out this fall, Garmin told VeloNews.
BOULDER, Colo. (VN) — Last year Garmin bought MetriGear, a small company that had been developing a pedal spindle-based power meter. Garmin has rechristened the product Vector, which works wirelessly with an ANT+ signal.
Garmin spokesman Justin McCarthy said the Vector is able to generate new types of power feedback, such as left/right differential from each pedal, out-of-the-saddle versus in-the-saddle power and more.
As to what brand of pedal Vector would be available on, McCarthy and Garmin were mum. Garmin-Cervélo pro riders were spotted riding Exustar pedals earlier this year, but McCarthy declined to comment on whether Exustar and Vector are related.
Garmin makes a number of cycling computers that can display power information from another company’s power meter. In addition to the Edge series of handlebar-mounted computers, Garmin also makes a Forerunner watch that picks up a power signal.
In the meantime, some new watches
The new 610 GPS watch incorporates running and cycling information. It’s an ANT+ device, but does not pick up a power signal. A new watch that does give power read-outs from a third-party power meter is in the works. Look for that this fall.
Related: A video overview of ANT+ products