Tuesday, July 17, 2012

S-Works Quarq power meter and ANT+ Expert head unit

Specialized crank owners now have the option to keep their Specialized crank and still train with crank-measured power. The new S-Works Quarq Mercury spider comes in a compact or standard version designed to slide onto Specialized crank arms. At $1,500, it’s slightly less expensive than a SRAM/Quarq crankset, but would be cheaper for owners of S-Works bikes already equipped with Specialized’s cranks.

The new Expert head unit is even more enticing. While not GPS capable, the Expert never needs to be plugged in. It runs on a standard coin cell battery thanks to its ability to run on less power than any other power meter head unit. It also syncs wirelessly to the rider’s computer via an included USB thumb drive and does not need to be removed to link up. At $300, it’s relatively inexpensive for an ANT+ head unit and is smaller and sleeker than any other power meter head unit currently on the market.


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