I just commented on a similar but not identical post, but I’m hoping to get a more specific answer to my question because to be honest I’m quite frustrated.
I have a 2019 Allez Sprint Disc Comp (meaning I bought the one built up with 105 etc, not a frameset) and would like a power meter but I’m about ready to pull my hair out trying to figure out the easiest/most cost effective way to do so.
As many Specialized owners probably know, they have this annoying habit of equipping many of their bikes with a Praxis bottom bracket and crankset even if the derailleurs and cogs are 105, Ultegra, whatever.
This is extremely frustrating when shopping for a Power Meter. It seems the only options are:
- Pay for 4iii to factory install on your non-drive-side crank, which means not using your bike for a couple weeks during the install process
- Buy a whole new crankset with PM installed, which is very expensive ($700 I believe) not to mention 52/36 is all sold out of every Shimano trim level
- Use PM pedals but this could be frustrating because I don’t know if the cleats are different from other bikes (I have other bikes with Ultegra pedals)
- Install a 105 or Ultegra crankset and buy a 1-sided PM. Annoying because it involves a crankset swap AND the extra $$ for a new crankset when the one on the bike is perfectly good.
I would like to hear from other Specialized owners who faced this issue, how did you resolve it? Which of the options did you pick? Did you run into any additional issues, like compatibility problems with the Praxis BB?
Thanks all, help preserve my hair so I don’t pull it all out …
P.S. of all the options above I’m probably leaning toward buying a new 105 or Ultegra crankset (presuming it’s compatible with the Praxis BB, which is another question), putting it on the Allez, and getting a 1-sided PM in the appropriate crank from Stages or 4iii.