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Team Sky to continue using Stages power meters in 2016

Stages to continue supplying Team Sky with crank-based power meters

Team Sky switched from SRM to Stages power meters in 2014 and today the US power meter company has confirmed the team will continue to use its products in 2016.

Stages is a relatively young company and its partnership with Team Sky has done much to elevate its profile, at a time when prices for power metres are starting to drop and more amateurs are looking to utilise power for their own training.

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Stages says the partnership with Team Sky offers more than just promotional value, and says that working with the team has helped it to develop its products. Professional cyclists ride and race thousands of miles a year and that makes them ideal for product testing.

“As more and more players crowd the power segment, our constant developmental contact with Team Sky is a main factor in our differentiation and leadership in the category,” said Pat Warner, Stages vice president. “We treat every new year with Team Sky as an opportunity to make our products even better—2016 is no different.”

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For the 2016 season Team Sky will use the second-generation Shimano Dura-Ace Stages power meter that was first released in 2015. The changes includes a slimmer housing unit that makes for a sleeker appearance, and it’s claimed to be stronger than the first-generation power meter

The Stages power meter has proved to be reliable and consistent, it provided the power data that Chris Froome used to try and silence critics during the Tour de France. 

“We took a chance on Stages Cycling in 2014, and we were delighted with the results” said Carsten Jeppesen, Head of Technical Operations for Team Sky. “We proved their product meets our needs and they offered us great support. Even in the worst conditions this year, the new Stages meter was always reliable, consistent and accurate.”

David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.

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