In this short article, we want to talk about the Favero Assioma Q factor – a question we get frequently. For those that need a quick refresher, Q factor (or tread) is the distance between the outside of the crank arms, when measured parallel to the bottom bracket axle.
Favero Assioma Q Factor
The Q factor is a function of both the bottom bracket width as well as the shape of the crank arms. Please see the image below.
There is another term called stance, which brings pedals into the equation. Stance is measured from the center of one pedal body across to the other. Therefore, the length of the pedal spindle affects your stance. The longer the pedal’s spindle, the wider your stance, because it will place your pedals further from the bike’s center-line – and vice versa for shorter pedal spindles.
So it’s important to note the spindle length when buying a new set of pedals. Spindle length is measured from the center of the pedal body to where the pedal spindle meets the crank arm. For road pedals, spindle lengths in the mid- to high-50 mms are pretty common.
Note that when referring to stance, many people use the term Q factor…but now you know the difference.
How this Impacts the Assioma Power Meter
One of our best-selling pedals is the Favero Assioma DUO Power Meter. As you can see in the image below, Favero places the power sensor and electronics in a round pod. This sensor pod sits between the pedal body and the end of the spindle.
Due to this location, we often have customers ask us if the Assioma pedal increases stance width. The answer is no. Assioma has a spindle length of 54 mm – which is right there with other road pedals. It’s a bit of an optical illusion really. The pedal body on these pedals is slightly narrower than other pedals, which leaves room on the spindle to locate the power sensor. If you measure the spindle length of your current pedals, you can see how they compare to the Assioma. Chances are…there won’t be a meaningful difference. If you have any other questions, please contact us. We’re here to help.