Metrigear Vector


Andy Shen

10/21 Update: There’s a new blog entry on the Metrigear site, with a few seconds of raw data graphed. Instead of one data point for both legs per second, we’re looking at about 38 per leg per second! Pretty amazing stuff, you can see the rider’s pedaling technique change as he gets tired. If you add up the total power from each leg, you can see that when he gets tired he produces almost no power in the dead spots.


The Metrigear Vector power meter was by far and away the most exciting thing at the show. Why? Because it’s a $1000 power meter that weights 50 grams and can easily be switched from bike to bike, and works on the road and the track. It’s been under development for the last five years, and Metrigear hopes to release it in the first quarter of 2010.

For now, the Vector comes complete only with Speedplay pedals, because its hollow steel axle hasn’t changed in years and has no reports of failure. Sensors are mounted inside the axle to measure flex. By adding the vectors from two axes, force can be measured through the full 360 degrees of a pedal stroke. Sensors are also mounted at each end of the axle to detect wasted force. 3 axis accelerometers measure cadence instantaneously, so the Vector knows the actual speed of the pedal for each sampling (SRM and Quarq take one measurement per revolution for cadence). The accelerometer also can detect side to side swaying, so the Vector can be programmed to sample at a higher rate while you’re sprinting. A pod is attached to the back side of each pedal. One pod communicates with the other, which then transmits the data to any ANT+ compatible head unit.

The Vector can give separate readouts for each leg, but until someone programs such a screen for their head unit or creates an application, that information can’t be displayed. However, the potential for all that data is huge – a kilo rider can break down every pedal stroke of his standing start. For an event that can be decided by a thousandth of a second, that could prove to be a real asset. The instantaneous cadence feature can also measure how smoothly you pedal – smoother strokes waste less energy on micro-accelerations, especially when climbing.

Crazy pie in the sky power meter concepts seem to hit the show every year, never to make it to market. Metrigear, however, seem to have their act together. The concept seems sound, and they had working prototypes on hand. We hope to get a set to test once they’re ready to go. If this thing works, it would be the lightest (at 248 grams for the whole package, you’d actually drop weight switching from most pedals), cleanest, most versatile power meter on the market. The implications for the entire industry boggle the mind. 


Gabriel Saddlesore

too bad they only work with speedplay pedals. speedplays sucked ass for the last 2 years that I attempted to use them for.


What’s receiving the data? How are they streaming it to the pc in real time?

btw, I love Speedplay zero pedals because they’re the only ones that allow you to adjust each parameter independently: fore/aft, q-factor and heel in/out. I can get my feet exactly where I find them most comfortable. I could not do that with Shimano spd-sl pedals and couldn’t get comfortable with them after 5 years of trying.


So when are the big shoe companies (S, Sidi, DMT, etc) going to come out with a Powermeter shoe with sensors in the foot base? Nike comes to mind as the company that would jump on this first. Seems that the technology is there already.


Louis Post

Ouire- Its a lot more complicated to make a powermeter than a pedometer. Plus, cyclists are so anal about stack height. They’d never give up 5mm for powermeter shoes.

Kyllian Saddlesore

If you are looking for a way to ruin any joy in riding and training on your bike, buy a power meter.

Nothing like crunching numbers while riding!


Sounds like a really cool idea… And maybe a really great product, too!

My only serious doubt is that I have known Speedplays to have an incredibly short life, even when maintained properly. I love the pedals, but they just don’t last… So are you looking at dropping another G every year/two when your pedals’ bearings are shot?

Also, how about batteries and servicing? Any info?

Thanks for the report

Siebe Butyl

Let’s see, I have about 60,000 miles on a set and they are still going strong. They get greased every 2K miles as specified by the manufacturer. Better come up with a better reason than that. I can’t wait to get my hands on one of these units!


you don’t crunch numbers during the ride friend, just ride to plan; same as when hrm’s hit the scene, and cyclocomputers before that. crunching and analysis post ride.


P.S. Thank you Andy!!! My wife had no idea what to get me for my birthday, she just had an epiphany. I’m dumping look pedals the second this meter hits market.


some pedals just flex more…exert more lateral force (Q factor) than others…but that flex has nothing to do with increase in force applied. does that kind of perceived flex screw up the vector system?

Is this system only reliable when its in a speedplay shaft?


They said they had sensors at either end of the spindle to filter out useless force. Also, the accelerometer knows where the pedal is in the pedal stroke, so it can cancel out the non-tangential component of the vector.

I think they just started with Speedplay because that spindle is reliable and probably won’t be redesigned in the foreseeable future. No reason why it won’t work with other pedal systems eventually.

I’ve also never had any durability issues with Speedplays. Even if the bearings are shot just have the pedal rebuilt.

Someone tried the insole power meter already, didn’t make it to market. It would only be able to measure downward force.

Jonas Topcap

You mention the price, but not if that includes a head unit. If no head unit is included, that makes it even more expensive. At least $500 more. Speedplay only also makes it less attractive.

dim wit

So now everybody is going to make this monumental leap forward and the racing will be fast fast fast! Right? Andy and Smallie have the “data” and look at them. I guess I better start using the contraptions I’ve bought over the years!

Bartolo Torque

Bikesnob yet again proves he’s no Geraldo Rivera. Quote of the f’ing YEAR, lolz.

“While a power meter is certainly an important tool for a professional cyclist, the bulk of them are of course sold to amateurs who misinterpret their amateur status and poor results as signs that they need to spend a huge amount of money on a power meter when in fact their amateur status and poor results are actually the very reasons they don’t need a power meter. If you’re an amateur, buying a power meter to train is like hiring an accountant to tell you how broke you are or like buying an iPhone just to check your Cannondale stock. Yet amateurs not only buy power meters, but they think $1,000 for a power meter is actually cheap. Clearly then, I will make a fortune when I introduce my own power meter at next year’s Interbike, since it will be the cheapest and most accurate one ever. Yes, for $5 you’ll get an LCD display which constantly flashes the message, “You suck.”

Eddy Smercxxc

For 2 seasons I trained with power (Powertap SL). I got stronger but not faster. My threshold power was good and I could hammer all day. What I lacked was race tactics, as well as rest and fun. I was so focused on doing my workouts with power that I stopped having fun on the bike. Now I ride without power or even a computer on the bike. I am a free man at last. The best part of it all, I am just as slow as I was with power…

Gigga Watts

i find that sticking a wet finger in a 110v socket after an easy spin to nyack gives me the extra power workout i need, without the added expense or hassle of fancy equipment.

Noah Locknut

because crashes happen. Do they replace the unit. does one have to send shit in and not have it for an entire season? are the parts easy to replace?


Battery life at the moment is planned at about 20 hours. There would be two rechargeable batteries, which would attach to the back of each pedal arm. You’d have to charge each one on the bike separately. Not too much fun there.

They are also considering larger, longer life units that would be optional.

I talked to them about having something that was removable, so you could take one set out and put it in a cradle to charge, while riding the other set. They seemed open to considering that approach.

Andrea Neck

andy, did these guys say what’s done with the “wasted force” measurement? in other words, i assume it doesn’t factor into the power calculation, since the only watts you usually want to know about are the ones you’re making with the pedalstroke, and i’d guess none of the computers out there have a way to measure “power-into-the-pedals” vs. “crazy-clown-shoe-power-in-every-direction”… still, it would obviously be nice to know how much of your power is being lost to inefficient pedaling, then be able to mess around with position and pedalstroke to maximize efficiency, etc. the implications BOGGLE THE MIND.

to bike snob

I love reading the bike snob blogs, but being “slow” is no reason to not train with power. power is just the current language of the sport. First coaches spoke in “time”, then they spoke in HR, now they speak to their athletes in terms of watts, hell, we speak to each other in terms of watts. Same shit different measuring stick. It’s where the sport is, no point in saying some people are worthy and others aren’t. fact of the matter is no person who is not on the national team or better “needs” sram red or zipp wheels, or a personal coach, or tt bike, or whatever.

we invest in our hobby called cycling. At the end of the day we work hard to constantly improve ourselves…double bonus if that brings “results.” we may be dorks for investing in power meters, but bike snob invests his time in writing about dorks with power meters…who’s the real loser.

i am bike snob

but I’ll bite and take up his defense. So, you like reading the ones that make fun of everyone but you? Look, I’m sure he’s training with one too, it’s largely self mockery, and even if your training methods serve a purpose, as you claim, it’s good to have a bit of perspective and laugh at the absurdity of it all.

Andrea Seattube

He calls it like it is. The hipsters, Tri Guys, Cat5 Powermeter guys etc. We are all rediculous all the way up to the local Cat 1 guy (beating Cat2s and 3s in races on old airports) who is too cool to teach the new guys proper race etiquette and training methods. We are really no different than the people who play with their toy sailboats in central park. Actually, they are cooler because they know they are total dorks. We actually think we are part of some elite group of athletes.

Aurelien Stiff

Bike snob has a lot to say and dorks are the ones that pay attention and worry about whether they are more or less cool than toy sailboat’ers in central park.

Jelle Clamp

Makes perfect sense to measure power at the nearest point to delviery, I hope they can keep it cheap and I wish them every success. But keep the price around £600 in the UK and is it ANT+ compatible?


The speed pay pedals are the best in the market and this is adding the vector to the cycles. This enables the @@fashion for play@@ race to be with better torque that will lead the rider to success. Here the wasted force is also detected.


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