Power2Max Price Cuts
Today Power2Max announced price drops of about 21% off of their existing units, dropping the base price to a mind-boggling $599. This is ahead of the bike industry event this weekend, Sea Otter, where we’ve seen a growing number of announcements being timed to. In fact, Sea Otter has become a bit of the SXSW of the bike world – slowly starting to replace Interbike as the ‘cool’ place to announce things.
Part of that (if I can take a slight detour here) is that Eurobike/Interbike is actually really poor timing for the bike industry. The season is basically over, and it’s really just more of a meeting locale for retailers/distributors/companies, than it is for hot products releasing immediately. Instead, you see it now more and more being used for products releasing the following year. Whereas Sea Otter being in mid-April makes for a slammin’ spot to announce things immediately available for the season that’s just warming up.
In any event, back to Power2Max, this now makes for the lowest crank-region power meter actively shipping on the market. It also makes for the cheapest full-power capturing device on the market today. The upcoming PowerBeat product will just barely beat the price, but that’s not expected to ship until perhaps early summer.
Here’s the low-down on the new pricing of all models:
Power2Max New Pricing - April 16th, 2015
|Model||Price before adjustment||Price after adjustment|
|CLASSIC FSA Gossamer with cranks||US $749||US $599|
|TYPE S without cranks for:||US $1,079||US $899|
|Cannondale Hollowgram||US $1,079||US $899|
|Rotor 3D24||US $1,079||US $899|
|Rotor 3D30, 3D+ and Flow||US $1,079||US $899|
|Specialized S-Works and FACT||US $1,079||US $899|
|SRAM S950, Force22, and Rival22||US $1,079||US $899|
|Type S FSA Gossamer Megaexo with cranks||US $1,049||US $899|
|Type S FSA Gossamer BB386EVO with cranks||US $1,049||US $919|
|Type S FSA K-Force Light Megaexo with cranks||US $1,449||US $1,219|
|Type S FSA K-Force Light BB386EVO with cranks||US$ 1,449||US $1,219|
|Type S Rotor 3D24 with cranks||US $1,299||US $1,079|
|Type S Rotor 3D30 with cranks||US $1,399||US $1,119|
|Type S Rotor 3D+ with cranks||US $1,449||US $1,219|
|Type S Campagnolo 5-bolt with cranks||US $1,990||US $1,699|
|Type S Campagnolo 4-bolt with cranks||US $2,199||US $1,899|
|Type S MTB Rotor Rex 1 1x with cranks||US $1,449||US $1,219|
|Type S MTB Rotor Rex 1 2x with cranks||US $1,499||US $1,269|
|Type S MTB Rotor Rex 3 1x with cranks||US $1,299||US $1,079|
|Type S MTB Rotor Rex 3 2x with cranks||US $1,349||US $1,219|
I just reviewed the Power2Max Type S series a few weeks ago – and it’s a solid contender. However, note that the $599 version is the slightly older ‘Classic’ edition, which I reviewed about 2 years ago (but at $599 it does come with cranks). Either way it’s hard to find someone that doesn’t like their Power2Max unit. And, they’ve become more and more popular over the past 1-2 years as word has gotten out, with even a couple of World Tour Pro Cycling teams using them too. I’d guess that they are the #5 maker of power meters today by unit volume (behind Stages, PowerTap, Garmin, and Quarq). The only reason they probably don’t eclipse Quarq’s volumes is that Power2Max’s distribution model is more limited than the behemoths, including SRAM/Quarq.
As for the ‘why’ behind the price cuts, it’s actually not so much a reaction to PowerTap’s new offerings. Rather like most of the companies I’ve talked with, these were planned many months ago. In Power2Max’s case though the bigger driver is actually the USD to EUR exchange rate, where we’ve seen the two currencies reach almost parity levels, a drop of some 20% in the last 2-3 months (or rise of 20%, depending on your perspective).
No matter the case, the price drops are indeed seeing things go in the right direction!
Pioneer Price Cuts
Just as a brief recap for news I didn’t otherwise post much on, Pioneer also cut their prices earlier this month. They dropped their crank based system down to $999US, from $1,299. This makes it a steal of a deal. In fact, it might just make it the best deal for a dual-sensing power meter. The unit supports both ANT+ and a private-ANT version that connects to their specialty head unit.
While I’m not a huge fan of their head unit (I find it clunky), I’ve got no problems at all with their power meter itself. But I’ll dive into that in my full review coming up in the next few weeks (which will likely also take the cake for longest period of time I’ve taken to finish a review).
Quarq Price Cuts:
Last but not least, also in the department of two weeks ago news that I only briefly mentioned – Quarq also cut their prices. In their case they dropped them up to 19%, depending on the model. The Quarq RIKEN is currently the lowest price unit, going from $1,200 down to $1,099. I’ve reviewed the RIKEN in the past, and it continues to make appearances on my bikes as a mainstay unit.
Here’s the complete skinny on those recent price shifts:
Quarq New Pricing - April 2nd, 2015
|Model||Price before adjustment||Price after adjustment|
|Quarq ELSA RS||US $1,600||US $1,399|
|SRAM XX1||US $1,600||US $1,399|
|Quarq ELSA R||US $1,600||US $1,299|
|SRAM RED 22||US $1,600||US $1,299|
|Quarq RIKEN R||US $1,200||US $1,099|
Again, lots of moving and shakin’ going on this month. All of which is awesome news for consumers looking to get into the power meter market. What’s nice about all three of the products listed in this post is that none of them are unknown entrants with no history. The ‘youngest’ of the three (Pioneer), still has 2 years of power meter production under its belt. While the oldest – Quarq – has about 7 years. Power2Max sits roughly in the middle.
With that – thanks for reading…and definitely stay tuned around these parts for more Sea Otter timed news over the next little bit!