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Garmin have officially announced the the release of the much anticipated Vector pedal based power meter system.
Expected release in Australia is March 2012 with estimated price of $1499
Those travelling to the Aus bike show in Melbourne this weekend will be able to see it live at the Garmin stand.
Keep a look out for our link tomorrow where customers will be able to place a pre-order deposit to commit to being the first to obtain this long awaited Power system upon its release in March.
More information to follow....
GarminÂ® Brings Power to the People with Vectorâ„¢
Posted August 18, 2011 | 06:02 AM in Outdoor/Fitness | Permalink
OLATHE, Kan./August 18, 2011/Business Wire â€” Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation, today announced the unveiling of Vector â€“ a high-precision pedal based power meter â€“ designed for cyclists, by cyclists. Vector is the lightest weight direct measurement power meter on the market, and designed for quick installation, portability, and ease-of-use. Taking only minutes to install, Vector provides accurate and reliable power data and uniquely measures and presents right and left leg power balance to ANT+â„¢ compatible head units.
Vector was announced in preparation for a world unveiling tour beginning at Australiaâ€™s Ausbike, then climbing to Germanyâ€™s Eurobike, and finally sprinting to Las Vegasâ€™ Interbike where it will be prominently displayed at Garmin booths in each location.
â€œWe are excited to get this innovative product into your hands â€“ and under your feet,â€ said Dan Bartel, Garminâ€™s vice president of worldwide sales. â€œFrom picking it up at your local bike shop and installing at home in minutes, to giving you accurate and reliable total and independent leg power measurements, Vector becomes one of the most desirable solutions in the cycling market. Itâ€™s similar to going from 2D to 3D,â€ Bartel continued. â€œThereâ€™s a richness in data and capabilities that come from the combination of our location of measurement â€“ the pedals â€“ and Vectorâ€™s sensor design.â€
Quick and easy: For many cycling enthusiasts, purchasing a power meter is an intimidating and potentially complicated process, often involving mechanical tradeoffs for their bikes. Vector simplifies the decisions and the process. Cyclists can now walk into their local bike shop, walk out with a Vector power meter in hand, and install it themselves in minutes. Thereâ€™s no need for a custom order process, no need for a mechanic, and no downtime while their bike is in the shop. With integrated cadence measurement, there are no external sensors to install, and all calibration is performed before the Vector power meter hits the store shelves. Vectorâ€™s easy-to-install design makes it easy to swap between bikes, and easy to take to out-of-town events when renting or borrowing a bike. Vectorâ€™s light weight and durable injected carbon fiber pedals are LOOK Keo compatible, and its ANT+ wireless pedal pod transmitters fit most major cranksets. Vector has also been designed to be easy to update as software enhancements are made, thanks to its ANT+ wireless technology. To see Vector in action, go to www.garmin.com/Vector .
Wizardry behind the watts: Vector works by measuring the normal deflection in the pedal spindle as you pedal, throughout your entire pedal stroke. By comparing the measured deflection to a factory-calibrated deflection caused by a known load, Vector can determine how much force youâ€™re applying to the pedal. With force measurements, the cadence measurements from Vectorâ€™s integrated accelerometers, and time, Vector accurately calculates watts. The force sensors are permanently and securely sealed within the pedal spindle, one of the most robust components on the bike.
Get an â€˜Edgeâ€™ on the competition: For users already using a Garmin EdgeÂ® 800 or Edge 500 cycling computer, adding a Vector power meter will take their training to the next level. Not only will the Edge display total power, left and right leg power, and cadence, it will now also display in real-time the widely adopted power metrics from TrainingPeaksâ„¢: Normalized Power (NP â„¢), Intensity Factor (IF â„¢) and Training Stress Score (TSS â„¢). The Edge 800 adds a new interval summary page to enhance the power-based training experience.
â€œVectorâ€™s easy-to-own design has the potential to make power-based training more accessible and usable by a broader range of athletes,â€ said Hunter Allen, founder of Peaks Coaching Group and widely regarded as a leading expert in training with a power meter. â€œIn addition, by integrating the TrainingPeaks metrics of Normalized Power, Intensity Factor and Training Stress Score directly into the Edge head units for real-time display, Garmin continues to demonstrate a strong commitment to advancing power-based cycling tools.â€
Complete the suite: For post-ride analysis, mapping, course and workout creating and detailed power metrics, Garmin Connectâ„¢ is a tool for every level cyclist. With over 1 billion miles logged, users will never be stuck without a new route to explore. At Garmin Connect, cyclists can explore other userâ€™s workouts and send them directly to compatible Garmin fitness products to follow. Having all of their cycling electronics and analysis from one brand means they can trust the equipment, the user experience and the support.
Vector will be available in March 2012 and will have a suggested retail price of $1,499.99.
Vector is the latest breakthrough from Garmin, which has spent more than 20 years developing technologies and innovations to enhance usersâ€™ lives, making Garmin a household name in the automotive, aviation, marine, wireless, outdoor and fitness industries. For more about features, pricing and availability, as well as information about Garminâ€™s other products and services, go to www.garmin.com , www.garmin.blogs.com and http://twitter.com/garmin . To watch step-by-step, feature-specific tutorial videos for the Vector and other Garmin products, visit the online learning center at www.garmin.com/learningcenter .
Check out Garmins new website for the Vector pedal;
US $1500 ...yeah I think I will pass on that till price drops about 200% .
Note: The Vector will be using the LOOK Keo peal system, with other brands expected to be supported after release.
Pre release ordering is now available. http://www.highlytunedathletes.com.au/Garmin-Vector-Pedal-based-Power-System_p492E5126-92F6-4E8A-B1B2-2B9DB554E5C5.html
Last edited by RobGrinter on Fri Aug 19, 2011 12:37 pm, edited 1 time in total.
You'll break it anyway.
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Actually I seem to be pretty good with pedals .
$1500 plus a head?...seems like a lot of money.I was thinking they were going to pump them out at a reasonable price.
Ok... the thing I wanted to know was that I can buy an 800 and know it will be compatible should I ever want to go that way. Excellent.
Once you can climb hills on a bike it's all downhill.
Hopefully I'll know what that's like..... one day.
Been following this since Garmin acquired Metrigear last year. Good to see it finally coming to market but disappointing no speedplay option to start with. I recall Metrigear had been working around speedplays which gave me some hope but guess I'll have to wait a little longer.
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Why no mention of compatibility with an older Edge705 model?
Are there different features available with the 500 & 800 Heads?
Most expensive pedals in the world at this stage.
Last edited by duke6amer on Fri Aug 19, 2011 11:01 am, edited 1 time in total.
Hi Rob, where is that statement?
$1,499 - Holy Hell Batman - I thought it was meant to be more affordable than the other options.
Makes it still out of reach for most people. Probably pretty damn good though. Be interestuing to see user feedback once it gets out there.
Does the Garmin team use it then ?
It's not actually Look Keo pedal but rather Exustar 'Look compatible' pedal i.e. you can use the same cleats.
I was really keen on this system but was hoping for a sub $1000 price point.
Maybe in 12 months or when the dollar reaches US$1.50
Main ride: BMC SLX01 Race Master 2010 SRAM Red
Prior to seeing this, I had only ever seen the carbon fibre FSA power meter crank at the cheap price of $4,500, so $1,499 for the Garmin power meter seems pretty reasonable to me... is there another available product that is cheaper?
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We have just had confirmed that the pricing for Vector pedal will be locked at maximum $1495.
If prices change it will only be down not up.
Standard warning too is that this will be a hot product and sought after. Stocks will be limited.
Get your 'no quibles' refundable deposit in asap to get yourself in the queue. We have had pre-deposit buy up since only midnight last night and sales are strong.
Pre-Order with deposit herte; http://www.highlytunedathletes.com.au/Garmin-Vector-Pedal-based-Power-System_p492E5126-92F6-4E8A-B1B2-2B9DB554E5C5.html
More information will be loaded on to our website this afternoon.
I ride, therefore I am.
...real cyclists don't have squeaky chains...
I had been putting off buying a 500 and 800 to see what the next step up was. Knew they were working on a pedal power meter.
Will wait to see what the first 3-6 mths in the wild reveals about the product.
DC Rainmaker has a bit of a write-up on the Vector. Worth a read in my view.
Good. Look Keo users can be the guinea pigs while I wait for a SPD-SL version.
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Then there is the Brim Brothers one (if it ever gets released)
Looks good could spell the end of SRM and the others if its reliable, its much cheaper.
Or the competition will force a price drop.
SRM cost around 4k that's some price drop! I hope you are right
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I think it'll be a major risk to SRM if the quality of data is on par. Fact is, SRM (and PowerTap) has significant production cost compared to Vector and a price war will hurt them a lot more. Yet again, Vector will be stretched to keep up with demand and there's no reason to lower their price point and margin for a while to come, I suspect.
Yeh I think your right there are a couple of other big hitters about to hit the market aswell I guess time will tell.
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