The power meter market has exploded, they’ve become the must-have product, and one firm making inroads into this competitive market is 4iiii.
At Interbike this week the company unveiled its brand new Podiiiium (no that’s not a typo) power meter which is offered with both dual- and single-side options uses ANT+ and Bluetooth and has a claimed +/- 1.5% accuracy and 60-hour runtime.
We’ve previously tested the company’s Precision single-side power meter and were impressed with the consistency and accuracy of the data and a really good price with both stock crank arms or the option to provide your crank and have 4iiii install the pod.
The new Podiiiium is claimed to be a ‘major step forward’ and is based on the same technology as used for the Precision we previously tested, but has a lower profile design with a rechargeable battery instead of the replaceable coin cell battery of the Precision, said to be good for 60 hours.
It’s claimed to be fully waterproof and delivers the +/- 1.5% accuracy in all temperatures. It’s said to work with any crank arm, aluminium or carbon, and is claimed to support a “dual compatibility not presently available from any other manufacturer.”
It’s offered with both dual- and single-side option but is priced to put a dual-side power meter within reach of those cyclists with a single-side budget. There are full ANT+ and Bluetooth compatibility and there are iOS and Android smartphone apps available for saving workouts and receiving software updates.
We don’t have UK prices yet, but in the US a Ride Ready Dual Option costs $999 including the crankset, with current options including new Shimano R9100 Dura-Ace and R8000 Ultegra.
Factory install options, where you send in your existing crank, costs $749 for a dual-side installation or $399 for a non-drive side option and is currently offered on R9100, R8000 and R6800. They’ll be adding more model options in the new year.
If you already own a Precision left-side power meter, you can upgrade to a dual-side power meter for $349.
And if you're wondering what those two screw threads are for, well we've no idea either. There's no mention of them in the press release, so we've dropped 4iiii a line to find out more.
Availability is scheduled for early 2018. More at http://4iiii.com/
David worked on the road.cc tech team from 2012-2020. 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, and you can now find him over on his own YouTube channel David Arthur - Just Ride Bikes.