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Ten major bike companies join Trek, Ford and Tome on bicycle-to-vehicle technology advisory board

INDIANAPOLIS (BRAIN) — Some bike and e-bike heavy hitters are joining Trek and Ford in helping create safety standards related to bicycle-to-vehicle communication.   For nearly a year,  Trek has been working with the software company Tome and Ford  on developing the so-called B2V technology, which uses artificial intelligence to evaluate and identify safety measures at specific vulnerable roadway locations.

Stages Cycling recognizes its top 10 dealers

PORTLAND, Ore. (BRAIN) — Stages Cycling has announced its 2017 Dealer Awards, given to dealers “for support of the Stages brand by growing the power category at retail, continuing to expand the Stages business into new product categories, supporting education initiatives and excellence in product presentation at retail.” “Our dealer partners provide unrivaled support and education for the cycling power consumer,” said Dan Knisely, Stages sales director for the Americas.

Stages Cycling now shipping GPS head unit and training software

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Stages Cycling is now shipping Stages Dash and Stages Link — a GPS bike head unit and a cloud-based training software system, respectively

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Stages Cycling power meters go carbon at last

Stages Cycling is now shipping carbon crankarm versions of its single-sided power meter, which also has the company’s new, smaller housing.

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Stages Cycling’s new carbon crank works with both SRAM and FSA cranksets. Stages debuted the first left-arm crank-based power meter in 2012, but the new model is a world first for a carbon crank with a power meter built onto it.

The crank works as is with FSA cranksets, and with one of four spindles for compatibility with SRAM Red, Force/Rival, and two widths of mountain bike options.

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The Stages Carbon is ANT+ and Bluetooth Smart compatible.

To crack the carbon conundrum, Stages had to overcome several hurdles. Issues stymieing the quick production of a carbon Stages meter included difficulty in bonding to a composite material, temperature compensation and different fatigue characteristics.

“We could have made a carbon power meter a long time ago, but it would have had the functionality of a meter from the pre-Stages era,” Sam Morrison, Stages Cycling engineer and carbon product manager said. “The problem isn’t measuring deflection in carbon, it’s dealing with changes of the material when the operating temperature changes. We could have easily released a meter that would require constant and vigilant zero resets; rather, we took our time and built a new system to specifically deal with the challenges carbon faces when temperatures change.

You can read more at BikeRadar.com

Stages Cycling revamps website, launches new rider and dealer programs

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Stages Cycling has revamped its website — Stagescycling.com — with a focus on highlighting Stages Power technology, athletes riding Stages Power, and two new benefit programs for riders and dealers: the company’s 8 Weeks to Win training plans and the Stages Power Demo program. Presented through TrainingPeaks, 8 Weeks to Win offers a choice of four individual training plans coupled with extended access (eight weeks) to the TrainingPeaks Premium service

LIMITS: World’s most universally compatible power meter?

The power meter market has been blowing up over the last couple of years, with the likes of Stages Cycling and then 4iii pushing the price boundaries and creating a surge in affordable training devices. Having just launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo, UK-based startup LIMITS looks to be the cheapest and most universally compatible power meter yet.

With a CNC machined CroMoly housing, LIMITS is a 47g left-based power meter that works by threading in between a standard 9/16in pedal and crank. This simple design means that LIMITS claims absolute compatibility with all standard pedal systems (more on this later) and cranks – regardless of mountain bike or road. Further to this, the outward placement of the meter ensures there’s no chance of interference from tightly-spaced frame designs. 

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The LIMITS will be available in black or silver

Having launched the campaign just a day ago, LIMITS has already raised 50 percent of its US$100,000 goal. The product is currently available for early backers on Indiegogo from just US$249, with the expected retail price to be a market-winning US$384. First shipment of product is currently scheduled for December, with a full public release expected early 2016.

Being left-based like Stages Cycling or Garmin’s Vector S, the meter is likely to take the simple formula of the output from your left leg and double it. LIMITS’ claims future editions are likely to offer a left-right version for independent power measurement. In the meantime, a dummy spacer will be supplied to use on the right crank to even out the spacing from the left.

You can read more at BikeRadar.com

Stages Cycling enters indoor cycling market with new models

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Power meter brand Stages Cycling is launching a line of high-end indoor bikes for home and club use. The new effort builds on the company’s background in the fitness industry. Stages Indoor Cycling will offer two models, the SC3 and SC2.

Ashton Instruments previews US$500 power meter

Whereas once the big news in power meters was higher-end models with enhanced feature sets, the trend nowadays is lower-cost offerings that can bring the technology to more people – and US upstart Ashton Instruments is promising an all-new design that’ll come in at just US$500.?

Ashton Instruments is still in the final R&D phase of its as-yet-unnamed power meter and pending patent paperwork unfortunately means that certain details remain foggy. Co-founders Bill Dixon and James Schulmeister told BikeRadar, however, that the design passes over traditional strain gages in favor of some sort of solid-state sensor that will provide the same data quality but without the high associated costs.?

The Ashton Instruments power meter will insert into the hollow spindles of SRAM or FSA road or mountain bike cranksets to start, using?a clever plug-and-play form factor that will supposedly be easy to transfer between multiple bikes. Users would have to recalibrate the system after a transfer but otherwise, Dixon and Schulmeister say the meter can be wholly user-installed with no special tools required. In essence, it’ll be no more difficult to install than the steerer tube plugs commonly used in carbon fiber forks.?

Although Dixon and Schulmeister declined to give away too many technical details, they did say that the power meter worked by measuring the amount of twist in the bottom bracket spindle under power. As a result, the Ashton Instruments meter will be a left side-only device (like the Stages Cycling power meter) that will assume an even power output between both sides.?

Other claimed features include magnet-free cadence sensors, user-rechargeable batteries, a weather-resistant and durable aluminum case, auto-zeroing and temperature compensation, both ANT+ and Bluetooth wireless transmission, and low weight.?

Interested riders shouldn’t rush to place their orders, though. While Ashton Instruments says its power meter design is quite developed and reasonably well tested at this point, the target release date isn’t until some time in 2016.?

Will this be a repeat of the Garmin/MetriGear snafu, or will Ashton Instruments actually be able to deliver on its heady promises? Only time will tell but Dixon and Schulmeister are certainly very cognizant of the Garmin/MetriGear story and are confident that history won’t be repeated. We shall see.?

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Team Sky to use Stages power meter in 2014

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Britain’s Team Sky will use U.S.-made Stages Cycling power meters for the 2014 race season, the company announced Tuesday. The sponsorship agreement is a major milestone for the company that began shipping its meter, which is permanently attached to a bike’s left crankarm, about a year ago.  “This sponsorship, and what it means for Stages Power, is very exciting for our company,” said Pat Warner, Stages Cycling’s senior vice president