The PowerPod, made by Velocomp, isn’t your ordinary power meter. Unlike more traditional power meters that attach to your drivetrain (crank, crank arm or hubs) or pedals and measure your power using strain gauges, the Velocomp PowerPod power meter attaches to your handlebars and measures your power through wind measurement – the forces that oppose the rider. This is called opposing force technology. The PowerPod uses an accelerometer, a wind pressure sensor, an elevation sensor and a speed sensor – all to measure power.
PowerPod’s accuracy is on par with the more expensive, traditional type power meters. In addition, the benefits to this type of power meter are numerous. Compared to a more traditional power meter, the PowerPod power meter is much easier to move between bikes, there are no compatibility issues, it’s simple to set up, you don’t have to change out any of your prized components, and perhaps best of all, at $299 it’s one of the most affordable power meters on the market.
The PowerPod works on road bikes and mountain bikes and transmits power data via the ANT+ and Bluetooth SMART wireless protocols.
NOTE: Requires ANT+ speed or speed/cadence sensor.
Velocomp PowerPod Power Meter Highlights
With an MSRP of $299, it is one of the most affordable power meters on the market.
The PowerPod weighs just 32 grams. To put it in perspective, this is about the weight of 32, average size paperclips. The PowerPod plus the mount weighs 65 grams.
Easy to Set Up
Installation takes just a few minutes and doesn’t require any special tools or knowledge.
Since the PowerPod simply attaches to your handlebars, the power meter can be quickly and easily transferred from bike to bike.
The PowerPod comes with software – through which you can do some pretty cool ride analysis. Available for both Mac and PC, the software lets you model things like aerodynamic drag (CdA), rolling resistance and more.
Since the power meter attaches to the handlebars, compatibility is a non-factor. You don’t have to worry about changing out any of your favorite components. In addition, it will work on road bikes, cross bikes and mountain bikes.
Velocomp PowerPod Power Meter Options
Handlebar mounts: Garmin/PowerPod Mount | Garmin/PowerPod TT Mount | Standard Mount