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power2max SRAM vs. SRM SRAM MTB Power Meter

The 3-bolt MTB spider for SRAM cranksets is one of our best-selling power meters. Many manufacturers spec SRAM cranks on their mountain bikes…and a spider-based power meter is a great way to add power. Installation is simple and these power meters are accurate, reliable and measure power from both legs. You can also run pretty much your chainring of choice, including both round and oval. They are also compatible with standard, boost and super boost frames.

power2max SRAM vs. SRM SRAM MTB Power Meter

power2max and SRM both make this type of power meter. The power2max SRAM MTB Power Meter comes in two versions: the NGeco and the upgraded NG. The SRM SRAM MTB Power Meter also comes in two versions: the PM7 and the upgraded PM9. The table below compares these power meters across several key attributes.


power2max vs. SRM Comparison Table

Power MeasurementBoth legsBoth legsBoth legsBoth legs
Power BalanceNo*YesNoYes
Chainline SpacingStandard, Boost, Super BoostStandard, Boost, Super BoostStandard, Boost, Super BoostStandard, Boost, Super Boost
Communication ProtocolANT+, BLEANT+, BLEANT+ANT+, BLE
Claimed Accuracy+/-2%+/-1%+/-2%+/-1%
Active Temperature CompensationYes**Yes**NoYes
Weight125 grams120 grams114 grams114 grams
Battery TypeCR2450RechargeableRechargeableRechargeable
Battery Life300-400 hours150 hours100 hours100 hours
Cadence MeasurementAccelerometerAccelerometerMagnetAccelerometer
Smallest Round Ring30T30T30T30T
Smallest Oval Ring32T32T32T32T
Warranty2 years5 years2 years2 years

We’ve highlighted in red what we view to be the key differences. As you can see, the power2max SRAM MTB NGeco is a solid option and it’s by far the most popular. It’s the most affordable by about $400 and short of power balance, has pretty much all the features you could want. We run NGecos on many of our bikes here and they are very nice units.


Upgraded Units – p2m NG and SRM PM9

If you are looking for an upgraded unit (better accuracy and power balance), both the power2max NG and the SRM PM9 deliver the goods. However, it’s important to note that there’s a $300-350 price difference between the two, with the p2m NG being much more affordable. So unless you really want to have an SRM on your bike (and there’s nothing wrong with that!), you might want to consider the NG.



That leaves the SRM PM7. It’s a bit of an outlier here. It doesn’t really have any standout features, but it’s as expensive as the upgraded p2m NG. So unless you must have an SRM and the PM9 is out of your budget, we think you are better off with one of the other power meters on this table. That’s not to say the PM7 isn’t a solid unit because it absolutely is…it’s just pricey for the features it delivers.



* The power2max NGeco measures power from both legs right out of the box. It also has the ability to measure power balance, however you must upgrade the power meter to access this information. You can upgrade your NGeco using the power2max app once you receive the power meter. The cost to upgrade is 50 euros.

* The power2max doesn’t have Active Temperature Compensation the same way the SRM does, however it does have Auto Zero. This feature zeros (calibrates) your power meter every time you coast for at least three seconds during a ride. So this effectively acts as a temperature compensation feature and keeps the power meter accurate at all times.

Josh Matthew

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