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WATTEAM POWERBEAT Power Meter

Josh Matthew June 12, 2018
4.57 out of 5 based on 7 customer ratings
(7 customer reviews)

$399.00$739.00

The first user-installed power meter with features, functionality and accuracy once found only in factory installed units

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Description

About the WATTEAM POWERBEAT Power Meter

Introducing the long awaited WATTEAM POWERBEAT Power Meter! Redefining what a power meter is capable of, the WATTEAM power meter is the first user-installed power meter with features, functionality and accuracy once found only in factory installed units.

The POWERBEAT attaches to the left and right crank arms in a simple, 45-minute procedure requiring only basic technical skills. Once installed and calibrated, the POWERBEAT provides power data that is accurate to within +/- 1.5%. In addition, it provides true left/right power measurement.

At $399, the POWERBEAT power meter is the most affordable, direct force power meter capable of measuring total power (power from both legs), not to mention independent left/right power as well!

The WATTEAM POWERBEAT Power Meter is extremely lightweight at only 18.9 grams per side, features a rechargeable battery with 60-hour life and offers both ANT+ as well as Bluetooth SMART compatibility. This means it can be used with a bicycle computer, smart phone or tablet.

WATTEAM Power Meter Highlights

Accurate

The POWERBEAT is proven to be accurate to within +/- 1.5%, which is as good as some of the best power meters available.

Left/Right Power

With a sensor on both crank arms, it can provide independent left/right power distribution.

Light Weight

We are all concerned about weight, and the power meter adds a mere 18.9 grams to each crank arm.

Affordable

At $399, the POWERBEAT Power Meter is the most affordable, direct force power meter with total as well as independent left/right power.

ANT+/Bluetooth SMART

The power meter supports both ANT+ and Bluetooth SMART wireless protocols – which means you can use any device you would like as your head unit.

Options

  • WATTEAM POWERBEAT
    • $399 (no Cover Kits)
    • $419 with 1 set of Cover Kits
    • $498 with Professional Installation Service (no Cover Kits)
    • $518 with 1 set of Cover Kits and Professional Installation Service
  • WATTEAM POWERBEAT 2 Pack (you save $99 with the 2 Pack)
    • $699 (no Cover Kits)
    • $739 with 2 sets of Cover Kits
    • $798 with Professional Installation Service (no Cover Kits)
    • $838 with 2 sets of Cover Kits and Professional Installation Service

 

12 Month ‘No Questions Asked’ Warranty

When you purchase a POWERBEAT, you get 12 months of full warranty coverage, which even includes any accidental damage. No questions asked!

 

Compatibility – POWERBEAT

The WATTEAM power meter is compatible with hollow aluminum road cranks only. The list below includes all supported crank manufacturers and models.

Note that we expect that carbon road cranks will be supported in the near future. Please check back with us for updates on timing.

  • Shimano
    • DURA-ACE 9150, 9100, 9070, 9000, 7970, 7950, 7900
    • Ultegra R8070, R8050, R8000, 6870, 6800
    • 105 5850, 5800
  • Cannondale
    • Si Hollowgram
    • SiSL Hollowgram
    • SiSL2 Hollowgram
  • Campagnolo
    • Potenza 11

Compatibility – Cover Kits

  • Size 1: Shimano 105
  • Size 2: Shimano DURA-ACE and Shimano Ultegra

 

Professional Installation Service

For $99, you can have your POWERBEAT professionally installed on your crankset. This allows you to skip the installation process and just send us your crank. We will professionally install and calibrate it for you.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Order the POWERBEAT and select the Professional Installation option
  2. We will send you a pre-paid shipping label
  3. Box your crankset up and ship it to us
  4. We will professionally install and calibrate your power meter
  5. Once it is ready (typically takes 2 days), we will send it back to you – free shipping both ways!

 

In the Box

The box includes the WATTEAM POWERBEAT Power Meter and everything you need to install it. Note that if you buy the POWERBEAT 2 Pack, you get double this.

  • 2 Comp Units (left and right)
  • 2 Sensors each embedded in a gluing device
  • 6 Alcohol pads
  • 1 Glue pack
  • 1 Charger + USB cable
  • 4 Rubber bands
  • 2 Marking rulers
  • 2 Adhesive rubber strips
  • 4 Washers (spacers)
  • 2 Sand paper
  • 1 Gluing stick
  • 1 Pencil
  • 2 Hooks
  • 2 Water bags
  • 1 Pair of protective rubber gloves

Specs

NameWATTEAM POWERBEAT Power Meter
Road/MTB/TrackRoad
Power Meter TypeCrank arm
Type: GaugeStrain
Number of strain gaugesNA
Weight18.9 grams (added weight per side)
Crank Arm LengthsNA
Battery TypeRechargeable
Battery Life60 hours; 2 hours to recharge
Left/Right Power MeasurementYes
Communication ProtocolBluetooth SMART and ANT+
Claimed Accuracy+/- 1.5%
CadenceAccelerometer

7 reviews for WATTEAM POWERBEAT Power Meter

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    ironfoot (verified owner)

    I’ve been using Powerbeat for around 2 months now. Initially, the installation was easy and I had zero problems while riding over 1,000 km through cold, moderate, dry, rainy, and snowy days. This is the only power meter I have so I can’t make a comparison. As everyone knows a power meter makes a huge difference in training/improving. But when it comes to buying one, I feel like Powerbeat is underrated. The price is simply incomparably cheaper to other well-known brands, and it provides essentially the same data. Overall I am very satisfied.

    • Power Meter City

      Power Meter City

      Hi Ironfoot. Awesome review! Glad you are enjoying your POWERBEAT. A few of us here are also training with it at the moment with similar results. It’s a great PM!

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Robert (verified owner)

    Certainly the best value proposition, especially if you need/want dual sided. The only hard part about the installation was finding the time to let the glue cure. I needed to let it go 48 hours in a 68 degree room. So, the system sat on my desk until I had to travel for 2 days.

    As a non racer, I don’t really need this, but I do have some fast friends I’d like to be able to keep up with. I’m recovering from a left knee replacement, and wanted dual sided to track my progress. Not surprisingly, my left leg tends to come along for the ride. My numbers on a left only meter would be low enough to be frustrating. It’s nice to see the progress, and balance, pedaling efficiency and smoothness are improving. Although when my competitive streak takes over, it all goes out the window trying to beat my previous peak and NP. Although I have nothing to compare with as with Ironfoot this is also my first power meter. Despite comments about short high power not registering, I have had two second power readings over 1100W a couple of times. If only I weighed as little as Quintana that might make me a decent sprinter.

    Overall, I am very happy with this meter. I just need to remember not to display power while riding once in a while and just enjoy being on the bike. It’s hard not to stare at the power reading sometimes.

    • Power Meter City

      Power Meter City

      Hi Robert. Thank you for the great review. Sounds like you have a pretty good handle on things… nice job. It will be fun for you to be able to monitor the improvement of your left leg. Please let us know if there is anything else we can do. Thank you!

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Luis Benitez (verified owner)

    I’ve been using the Powerbeat Dual for a month now with my indoor trainer. So far it is working fine and without any issues as I have it linked to my Garmin and Zwift. The only problem I had was with the gluing and installation of the sensors. I live in the UK and it has been very cold around here, so I assume the sensors didn’t dry properly and came undone (but also I think I failed to cover with glue the whole surface of the sensor properly). I contacted support, they sent me a new free pair straightaway by FedEx. I was recommended to warm up the glue this time with its plastic pack included in a warm glass of water for 10 seconds, just before starting the process. I believe that did the job. I also waited a bit longer than 48 hours this time before touching the bike. If you don’t mind the DIY aspect of the installation, I recommend this product.

    • Power Meter City

      Power Meter City

      Hi Luis. Thank you for your review. I’m glad you’re up and running with the POWERBEAT. Yes, the installation process takes some care and it’s always better to wait 36-48 hours for everything to set. We hope you enjoy using it both indoors and out, and are here if you need anything else!

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    kixxstudio2000 (verified owner)

    I was a little apprehensive of these at first but decided at the price point this was going to be my best bet. The installation is straight forward and the app had all the necessary videos to help with the installation. The most difficult part for me was the sanding to remove the finish from the crank arms. Took some time to do because the finish was pretty thick on mine. Watteam has done a very impressive job with their instructions and making it possible for just about anyone to install.

    I’ve been using the unit now for over a month both on a trainer and outdoors with great results. Linking was easy with Garmin, Zwift and what I use to train Xert. So for me this was a great purchase and the service I got from Power Meter City was great.

    • Power Meter City

      Power Meter City

      Hi and thanks for the review. Yes, WATTEAM has done a pretty amazing job of creating a power meter that can be installed pretty easily as long as you follow the instructions. I’m glad you are enjoying yours and thank you for letting us help you out!

  5. Rated 4 out of 5

    ASmelser (verified owner)

    I bought my power meter from Power Meter City in January. I received my order very quickly. I installed the sensors per the instructions and everything was fine for about 1-2 weeks. After that time my left sensor would not read and my power was cut in half and my balance was 100% right side. The next ride was in the rain and while I was washing my bike afterwards, the left sensor pooped off as I was drying the crank. I contacted support and they sent me a new sensor install kit free of charge. I installed that sensor per the new and improved instructions and on my first ride I noticed that my power was still unbalanced. So I contacted support again and they gave me a free professional install. I had to send my crank in but they paid for all the shipping costs and had my crank back to me in less than a week. The power meter now works perfectly. While I had some issues, customer service is top notch. Now that my Powerbeat Dual works perfectly I will give it 4 stars. Overall happy customer.

    • Power Meter City

      Power Meter City

      Hi and thank you for the product review. Since this is a user installed power meter, sometimes there are indeed support issues with the installation process. However, both Power Meter City and WATTEAM are here to offer you any support that you need. I am glad you are up and running and are enjoying your WATTEAM POWERBEAT Power Meter!

  6. Rated 4 out of 5

    bailey3k (verified owner)

    Bought the Watteam Powerbeat Power Meter in April. I am really impressed with the unit once I got it working. The only problem I see with the entire process of installing the unit is the epoxy resin, you need to move fast, and you need to apply enough epoxy. The first install I did, I did not get enough epoxy on one unit and it fell off after 2 days. (contacted Watteam and they sent out a replacement sensor and all the fixings to install the new unit). Since the new install I am very pleased with the unit and how well they work. (I am using a Garmin forerunner 935 and am having no issues with dropouts). Not that this makes a big difference, but I have been building engines, bicycles, wheels, etc. for decades so using epoxy is no big deal for me, but this epoxy is a bit challenging. The one things I would recommend is buying the protection covers, during a recent ride I threw a chain and if I had continued to pedal I am sure I would have ripped the unit from the crank arm. Bottom line would I buy this product again, YES! Very pleased with how the buying process went with Power Meter City.

    • Power Meter City

      Power Meter City

      Hi Bailey. Thanks for the great review. I’m glad you got the installation part figured out and are enjoying your Powerbeat Dual. We’re here if there is anything else we can do!

  7. Rated 4 out of 5

    Willobee (verified owner)

    I had the dual sided Powerbeat factory installed on a new Shimano 105 crankset. I decided to go with the factory install for 2 reasons. First of all when I purchased the power meter the factory install was being offered at no charge. Second I would rather have someone that has done this before install the sensors. BTW It took them 2 weeks not the 2 days that is advertised to do the install so if you go with the factory install be patient it is well worth the wait. Thanks to Josh at Power Meter City for keeping me informed of the delays at Watteam during the installation.

    Once I received the power meter I had some difficulty using the Powerbeat phone app and connecting to may Garmin. I have several power meters including a Powertap G3 Hub, Garmin Vector 2 pedals and a Quarq D Zero crankset. Comparing the Powerbeat Dual to the Garmin Vector for dual sided power metrics I cannot see any difference. The only thing missing is the Garmin Cycle Dynamics. If you can live without that, the Powerbeat will perform just as good as the Garmin Vectors and at a lower price point. The Powerbeat is a very good choice for dual sided power.

    One thing I really like about the Powerbeat when compared to my other power meters is the ability to use any wheels or pedals on my bike. So far I am very happy the Powerbeat power meter.

    • Power Meter City

      Power Meter City

      Hi Willobee. Thanks for the great, thorough review. We also appreciate your patience while the Powerbeat was installed for you at the factory. I hope you continue to enjoy it and please let us know if there is anything else we can do.

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