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More data than you can shake a stick at.
Pioneer isn't a stranger to electronics and it has taken that knowledge to the cycling world creating a powermeter that has made quite the impact in power measuring circles. It's had the opportunity to test the powermeters under the sport's most elite athletes from teams like Lotto Jumbo and Giant-Alpecin where these meters get subjected to harsher conditions, longer races and training, and if we're guessing, more power washing, than what we'll ever subject to our own bikes. It's safe to say that Pioneer has the design dialed and if you're looking to take your training to the next level, you're at the right product. The system here is mated to Shimano's new Ultegra R8000 Crankset, creating a powermeter that gives you a sleek and integrated package providing extremely accurate feedback from its dual-leg strain gauges to your bike's computer.
Pioneer's system monitors pedaling forces, cadence, and efficiency via its dual strain gauges housed on both crankarms. The transmitter bolts directly to the Shimano spider for a smooth profile and seamless integration. The sensors have the ability to capture 12 points of rotation per leg, at 30-degree intervals. They work by measuring minute deflection in the shape of the crank when pedaling forces are applied. This force is calculated in both the direction of rotation and the radial direction. Plugging the force and velocity of the crankarms into an equation, power, measured in watts, is accurately formulated. To further measure efficiency, a magnet ring attaches to the bottom bracket and measures the position of the crank displaying force vectors at every 30-degree interval throughout the pedal stroke.
The force vectors of each rotation are then wirelessly transmitted to an ANT+ head unit, either third party or Pioneer's SGX-CA900 and 500 models, displaying the pedaling efficiency. When used for training and racing, the goal is to target these efficiencies whenever possible to get the most out of every pedal stroke. The force measured in the direction of rotation at each of the 12 points is combined to give the total power output for that rotation. By measuring power in this way, Pioneer's system is more accurate than powermeters that don't gather information at 12 force vectors.
All of your ride data is stored in a fil that is easy to access and analyze. You can even upload your log data to Pioneer's Cyclo-Sphere website, where you can analyze left and right side pedaling efficiency, different power numbers, and force vectors, placing the metrics in graphs and numerical displays.
As this is a plug-and-play product, we should speak a little on Shimano's R8000 crankset. It continues the tradition of trickle-down technology from Dura-Ace. The R8000 aesthetics mirror that of 9100 with broader arms and of course, a 4-arm asymmetric spider. The spider not only drops weight from previous designs it allows you to run rings from climb-friendly compacts to huge TT-fast ones. Shimano bestows it's excellent Hollowtech II construction which brings weight saving, stiffness, and durability to new levels. We also like that this powermeter keeps our drivetrain pure Shimano so our shifting remains pristine and doesn't sacrifice performance that may occur when subbing in third-party cranks or rings.
The Pioneer Ultegra R8000 Powermeter Crankset is available in sizes from 165 to 175mm, with the following chainring configurations: 50/34t, 52/36t, and 53/39t. The powermeter operates with any ANT+ device but to get the most data available, it is recommended to pair with Pioneer's SGX-CA900 and 500 computers.
- A crank-based powermeter with extraordinary data capability
- Compatible with ANT+ cycling computers
- R8000 crank is lightweight with precise shifting rings
- Uploads data via Wi-Fi to Pioneer CycloSphere software
- Provides torque vector data when paired with Pioneer computers
- Item #PNR000L
- Q & A
I've been running a Pioneer Dura Ace R9100 crank for about the last 8 months now on two difference bikes (which is the same exact electronics as the Ultegra crank, but just in the Dura Ace chassis). Power readings have been super reliable and seems pretty accurate. Its also one of the handful of power meters on the market that can give you true left/right readings since there are two strain gauges. One of the minor annoyances up until recently was that in order to fully see all the pedaling metrics that the meter provides (more specifically, torque vectoring in the pedal stroke), you'd need to use their own Pioneer Touchsceen Computer. Fortunately Wahoo recently released an update so you can now get your pedaling metrics on a Bolt or Element as well. Also, they have a new color screen computer releasing soon that looks to be way nicer than the outgoing model. I've changed batteries once in the last 8 months (1 CR2032 watch battery for each side) and havent had any issues whatsoever with the meter otherwise.
Is this the new bluetooth version... SBT-PM80 Series or SGY-PM80 Series??
Is this model different from the blue cover Ultegra R8000?