MARKET SHAKE-UP: Stages Power Meters – Permanent Price Cuts

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Stages Power Meter Review Shimano UltegraStages, the Team-SKY power meter people of old, are PERMANENTLY cutting their prices by about 20% but up c40% in some cases.

On the face of it, this is a game-changer, especially in the entry-level section of the market. For Eu/$/£300 you can get a single-sided 105 crank with a pre-installed Stages power meter. That’s about $/Eu/£150 cheaper than a single-sided ASSIOMA pedal-based power meter and, for the sake of argument, about £/$/Eu100 more than a super-entry-level product like a PowerPod Lite.

Stages Power Meter Review Shimano Ultegra

So, it’s a compelling price for a ‘proper’ product, unless you have lots of bikes. Specifically compelling is the single-sided, entry-level option

● Shimano 105 R7000 Power Left $/Eu/€300
● Shimano Ultegra R8000 $/£350 and €400
● Shimano Ultegra R8000 Power Dual $730/£690/€750
● Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 Power Dual $1000/£940/ €1000

What to look for: You want the GEN 3 stages product range on the crank of your choice.

If you factor in a 10% discount (at least 12% from Wiggle in the UK, below) then the prices become even more attractive.

What’s wrong with single-sided? For 95% of cyclists, I don’t reckon it will make much difference if you get single-sided or dual. You will still get the same benefits from training with power. Having said that, if  you can afford DUAL then go for that.

Game Changer?: Yes, I think this is a game-changer as a proper manufacturer is now pricing products at sensible levels for a MUCH wider market. Others will follow suit and new entrants may well be deterred.

 

Clicks to STAGES retailers in your country

 

As you can see from the imagery, I’ve had the Stages Ultegra for a while now and it looks super-sweet. I’ll put up a review sometime along with the Stages Dash (also sweet and a proper  ‘contender’). Busy, busy, busy.

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Cary Blackburn

My main gripe with Stages Powermeters is that there isn’t a way of adjusting the reported power so they can match up with other PM’s. Favero’s and 4iiii PM’s have this facility. When I emailed Stages about it they basically said that our PM’s are accurate why would anyone want to adjust them. So as far as I’n concerned have a cheap PM that reads 8% high (as mine does) isn’t really a bargain.