Back in 2015, PowerTap unveiled its first power meter pedal and I was really impressed with the ease of use and fitment and consistent and accurate power measurement. For 2019 the company has updated them with the new P2, which offer a few updates and a price drop: they now cost £799.99.
The new pedals just arrived for testing and before fitting them to a bike for testing, here’s a quick video unboxing and an overview of the key changes. Those changes amount to a lighter pedal, 403g on our scales with batteries, and improved battery life, now up to 80 hours using a pair of lithium-ion AAA batteries.
Otherwise, the pedals look very similar, apart from the change from black to silver. There is the same ANT+ and Bluetooth Smart compatibility, dual-sided power reading, Look KEO cleat interface, 2-year global warranty and 14mm stack height. PowerTap claim that they're accurate to within 1-1.5% of their hub meters
One of the key benefits of the PowerTap pedals is that you don’t need any special tools to fit them or a precise calibration process. Just slap them on the cranks and off you go. They'll self-calibrate for pedal position as you start riding and then you're good to go. Once they're running you'll get a power reading and left/right balance out of the box.
“The P2 pedals are a direct result of listening to our customers,” said Brian Turany, PowerTap’s Product Manager. “From listening to feedback on what is working and what is not, we were able to design, build and test new power training solutions here in Madison, Wisconsin, that fit the needs of our customers. And while we’re excited for this next iteration of pedal-based power, we’re just getting started.”
Watch out for a full review soon, and head over to www.powertap.com for more info.
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.