Stages Cycling, the popular crank-based power meter favoured by Team Sky, has finally added a Campagnolo offering to its range after two years of development, joining an existing lineup of Shimano, SRAM, FSA and Race Face options.
The cause for the delay in rolling out a Campagnolo power meter was apparently down to the complex carbon fibre layup of the Italian manufacturers crank arm, which required Stages creating a completely new power meter to make it all work.
“Campagnolo’s carbon design is entirely different and it took more time than anticipated to meter. We ended up creating a new iteration of our Stages Cycling power meter for the iconic Italian brand’s crank sets,” says Pat Warner, Stages Cycling Senior Vice President.
The actual Stages power meter pod looks the same as a regular version, but it’s attached to the crank arm in a different way with two small wings wrapped around the arm. It’s not quite as elegant or simple a solution as Stages other power meters, but it’s a small price to pay.
Stages and Campagnolo worked closely together to bring the product to market, and the new power meter will definitely appeal to the many Campag fans out there. Campagnolo doesn’t (yet) make its own power meter so it’s SRM or other crank-based options only, which are expensive compared to Stages which only requires the left-hand crank arm to purchased.
Stages will be offering three versions, Chorus (£749), Record (£849) and Super Record (£949) with a choice of 170m, 172.5 and 175mm crank arm lengths. Available from www.saddleback.co.uk
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.