Favero ASSIOMA Review – Longterm Report
My original Favero Assioma Review was from August 2017. Almost 2.5 years on they are still going strong. They are mostly like a HRM, in the sense that you just put it on and forget about. They always work and your only concern is the numbers on your Wahoo ELEMNT/Garmin EDGE – you know the numbers are correct but that you wished were a bit higher 😉
There’s lots of positive points and a few negative points included below, and I really had to think hard to think of some negatives. The VERY detailed review is linked to, below, if you have half an hour to spare.
You could probably save £100 by buying something else but I just can’t understand why many people would need a fixed, crank-based solution when you can have versatile and accurate power meter pedals like these. Go on, you know you want to buy some marginally prettier Garmin Vector 3 units. Garmin has probably just about sorted out all the early teething troubles now with the Vector 3 haven’t they? Maybe. Perhaps @ $1000 hey ought to have done but…
My Favero ASSIOMAs were probably the first pair ever in the UK. #NoTeethingTroubles. Go figure. Great Design. Great Build.
Favero discourages discounting. In Europe, the link above will take you through to Wiggle and maybe some other options as I find them.
Long Term Review - Feedback
Price - 95%
Apparent Accuracy - 95%
Build Quality & Design - 95%
Features, Including App - 95%
Openness & Compatability - 95%
I’ve used my Favero ASSIOMA Dual pedals as my main power meter over many thousands of miles. I’ve done an Ironman, several Halfs, the Alps (well some of it), the Pyrenees (well some of it), TTs and faffed around my local park many, many times. I’ve used them for trail rides, I’ve used them in the rain. I’ve used them a lot, they’ve not once let me down.
I’ve changed them from bike-to-bike, when needed, in less than 5 minutes each time and I’ve never run out of juice. I’ve never had problems pairing them to anything or calibrating. They look nice enough.
Favero has added some sweet little firmware upgrades over the last couple of years with and accuracy update matched the best-claimed accuracy from all other pedal power meter solutions and that was followed by the introduction of the more advanced Garmin Cycling dynamics metrics (except PCO).
They’re not perfect but they are one of the most reliable bits of kit I’ve got, which is unexpected when you think of the knocks and suchlike that a pedal can get.
Are they the most expensive power meter pedals?…nope. They’re one of the cheapest and CERTAINLY (IMHO) the best value-for-money.
Other than making them a bit smaller around the hub and supporting Shimano cleats I can’t really see how any improvement would materially change how much I like them.
This is definitely one you will end up recommending to all your mates.
- Nice looking
- Easy to change between bikes…literally like changing a pedal 😉
- Dual-channel BLE and ANT+ works with anything
- Simple to calibrate before each ride..takes 10 seconds and ALWAYS zero offsets correctly
- They only take the Look/KEO cleats..not Shimano. Grrr. This is THE most annoying thing.
- Can be hard to unclip on earlier versions but the current version allows for looser pedal tensioning
- Can be hard to clip IN. This is because the pedal could be better-weighted and spin around less than it does.
- Needs a shim when I use my Pyro platforms which is annoying as I haven’t got a shim (PS…I have now)
- I am not convinced that the results with elliptical chainrings are correct, despite 3rd party studies. Power readings seem higher with ellipticals on my TT bike.
- I’d prefer the ‘hub’ to be smaller.
- That’s it…I’m struggling.