Hi everyone. I have been riding more and more gravel roads as of late and want to continue my trainer road workouts on the gravel. I know I can use RPE, but my ultimate goal is to do long bikepacking days along with some 200+ mile gravel races and think power can help me pace properly. I was wondering if other people are using power meters on their gravel bikes? How accurate is the data? What meters are you using and why? Downfalls or issues you have?
I use a stages for grx. works great. The only issue with left side cranks is to ensure compatibility and clearance with the chainstay. Sometimes the pods won’t clear the stays. Stages and 4iiii are good at giving clearance minimums and/or compatible bikes. Power2Max and Easton have spider and spindle based cranks, among others. They are more spendy and less transferable bike to bike, but don’t have the clearance issue (but have their own compatibility requirements).
I’ve had a 4iiii on my ultegra cranks for a little more than a year. My gravel bike sees more miles than any other bike and I’ve had no issues with the meter at all. The input side of the meter, however, leaves a little to be desired.
What are you starting with?
Don’t be afriad of a used Power2Max or Quarq. Buy the ugliest one. Note, the older ones don’t work with chainrings with the round inside, they need the star/clover shape.
Are you going to use really small chainrings? If so a used SRAM/Stages/ledals might make sense.
My advice is to look for used PMs on Facebook by searching for pictures in the last month or so. Better prices are found on thing described poorly “quarq” rather than “quarq 172.5 110 gxp”
Yet another Quarq DZero user here. My road bike has a Stages left-only power meter, and it has been dead-nuts reliable and accurate. The Quarq is within 1% of both the Stages and my Kickr, and has also given me no maintenance or reliability problems. I’d happily buy either again as long as I got a good price on them.