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The Vector 3 Power Meter Pedals are totally redesigned from previous powermeter pedals we've seen from Garmin in the past. It still provides powerful data tracking at a relatively affordable, super easy to install, and bike interchangeable format, however, on the newer 3/3S versions, Garmin eliminates the pedal pods used on previous Vector pedals creating a more streamlined and low profile pedal that brings improved cornering clearance that you'll appreciate when diving in hard on that last turn of the state championship crit. The Vector 3 pedal looks and installs just like any other pedal but offers power analysis that will take your training to the next level. The Vector 3, that we have here, is a dual-sensing power meter for more accuracy while the more affordable 3S is a single-sensing model.
The Vector 3 measures wattage to an impressive accuracy of +/- 1% and cadence at the pedals, capturing power information as it transfers from the pedals into the crank arm. The sensor monitors tiny changes in the pedal spindle curve as force is applied to the pedals, and the data is transferred wirelessly via ANT+ or Bluetooth technology to a head unit or your phone. You can view your power during rides and download the data for extra analysis or for sending it to your coach once you get home. With the Garmin Vector 3's ability to measure power at each pedal, additional data features such as left/right balance and pedal efficiency dynamics are available.
The pedal itself features a lightweight composite body with a stainless steel wear plate to increase durability and provide a wide platform, allowing for free float and a large area to lay down the watts which you will now be able to monitor. The adjustable tension lets you customize the force required to twist the cleat out of the pedal and is compatible with Garmin Vector and Look Keo three-bolt cleats.
The pedals run on standard LR44/SR44 batteries located in the pedal for a claimed 120 hours of ride time. When the batteries are up, these pedals are easily user serviceable and with a quick trip to the pharmacy or grocery store you can replace them at home.
The Garmin Vector 3 Power Meter Pedals are easy to install and can quickly transfer between bikes, making it great when traveling or if you are renting or demoing a bike. Garmin includes a set or Vector cleats with six degrees of float. Please note that Garmin's suggested rider weight limit for this pedal system is 231lb.
- Easy to install and transferable powermeter pedals
- Measures power and cadence at each pedal
- Transferring between bikes as easy as swapping pedals
- 120-hour LR44/SR44 battery life keeps track of data
- Includes a pair of Garmin Vector/Look Keo compatible cleats
- Dual-band wireless connectivity works with ANT+ and Bluetooth computers or phones
- Item #GRM008H
- Q & A
I really wanted this to be great but..
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Bought these in January and it worked as it was supposed to for a couple of months but now it's useless. Either it takes 5-7 attempts before it calibrates or the power meter doesn't get picked up by my Garmin Edge 1000 or it drops the connection at least 50% of the time if it does get recognized by my Edge.
Called Garmin demanding they send me a new pair and was told this is a known issue with many of their pedals and they traced the problem to a manufacturing defect with the battery compartment. They're expecting to have the issue resolved in about 1 month or so. If they can actually deliver on the fix, I'll be happy. If you've wanted a pedal based power meter and aren't in a rush to get some, wait to see what Garmin does with the fix.
Heavy part-time power meter
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
These worked for about three rides before drop outs became progressively worse. Apparently this is a known issue and there are two fixes: option one fix your battery pickup at home with a piece of cardboard and some mineral oil, or option two, get a new battery compartment from Garmin. Given how beta these are I suspect the cardboard-oil version is more reliable. Also, cornering clearance on 172.5 is (pick your derogatory adjective) bad, and I suspect that the odd bump will ruin these for good. Maybe by the time they update to Vector 4 they’ll have the bugs worked out. Very disappointed as this seemed like a great solution.
Totally useless pedal. Poorly designed
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I would not buy this pedal. As is typical of Garmin they release a product and let the public do the beta testing. My first pair of Vector 3 pedals I had to send back because the right battery compartment threads stripped and my second pair has nearly constant drop outs of the signal rendering them totally useless. Supposedly there is a software update coming to fix all of this. Such a bad company.
I bought a set of Vector 3's and after spending a month with Garmin's support team helping them troubleshoot the issue, they narrowed it down to a defect in the battery compartment. Apparently lots of customers are having this issue. Rather than simply replace them, Garmin is shipping a new battery compartment and asking me to fix the pedals on their behalf. The only problem is that the repair kit is out of stock so i have to wait for them to get more.
In summary, i paid $1000 for a defective product that Garmin now wants me to spend time fixing on their behalf, but only after they get enough stock to send the repair kit to me. Disappointed.
Will the pedals work with Garmin 510?
Yes it will!