Crank Arm Power Meters for MTB Overview
This page contains our crank arm power meters for MTB bikes. Next to spider-based power meters like the power2max, crank arm-based power meters are one of the most popular power meter types for MTB. They are affordable, easy to install and cost less than most power-equipped MTB cranksets.
We carry crank-arm based power meters from 4iiii Innovations and Stages Cycling. (Note that Pioneer doesn’t make versions of its power meter for MTB.)
Before purchasing, you should confirm compatibly with your bike frame. The power sensor that is attached to the inside of crank arm needs approximately 10 mm of room to clear the chainstay as you rotate the cranks. See the image below.
Quick Product Comparison:
While these companies make different models (Stages makes arms for SRAM in addition to Shimano), in general, the 4iiii power meters are priced below the Stages.
All of these MTB crank-arm based power meters install the same way. You simply remove your current, left-side crank arm and replace it with your new, power-equipped version. Installation typically takes about 5-10 minutes for most models. Note that for Shimano models, you will also need a Shimano Hollowtech II crank arm cap tool (costs about $5.)
All of these left side crank arm road power meters measure power from the left leg and double the value in order to calculate total power.
All of these power meters are dual ANT+ and Bluetooth SMART compatible.
All of these power meter run off of CR2032 batteries. Note that with the 4iiii, you also have the choice of a rechargeable battery with their Podium models.
Crank arm-based power meters are one of the lightest power meters you can buy. The 4iiii adds a mere 7.5-9 grams (based on the model) to your bike. The Stages adds 20 grams which is also very light.