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PowerTap - Huge Price Cut.
Last Post 08/04/2013 11:54 AM by Cosmic Kid. 15 Replies.
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Pin0Q0

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08/02/2013 09:03 AM
Now they have my attention, but probably wait till next year till the dust settles.

http://velonews.competitor.com/2013...510_297666
jacques_anquetil

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08/02/2013 09:18 AM
one word: Stages. just got mine a few weeks ago. will be able to effortlessly swap from road to 'cross for a fraction of the price of without any issue of wheel selection.

i'd be a pissed off customer if i'd just bought a PT only to find the price dropped by $500.
Inferno7

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08/02/2013 09:44 AM
If I needed one (raced) I would be a buyer at that price. But my goal is 2:30 lap (need to drop 10 min) at FC50 maybe that would help. I think it might be impossible for me to get faster though, some people just suck....lol.
Ride On

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08/02/2013 11:15 AM
It is getting crowded in the power measurement product offerings.

Great for the consumer. I've always said that power meters where priced based on the market ( users willingness to pay ) more so than based on a cost based model. It looks like it is starting to move more to cost based. That has some and good and bad aspect to it. Products become less expensive, but they are also cheaper. Feature set adapation and innovation start to slow down. The winners are usually the companies with strong manufacturing more than strong R&D. Hey but capitalism seems to work for getting more stuff into people's hands. Yes I have a pwr meter. SRM bought on Ebay.
79pmooney

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08/02/2013 11:37 AM
I see absolutely no good reason to measure my power. It's little enough. What good does knowing exactly how little do me?

With a power meter, the power in my body goes up a few percent and the power in my head takes a huge hit. No thanks. Besides, I keep my bikes analog and free of outside power sources. (Except for lights and one bike with a cyclometer for the trainer, something I only use sick or injured.)

Ben
Pin0Q0

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08/02/2013 01:58 PM
Ben – That's what the Amish say about electricity and telephones. Nothing wrong with that mentality, I (and some others) just happen to find that bit of useless information interesting; it’s a toy really and enables me to see how fast I am fading as years go by. :0)
dkri

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08/02/2013 03:09 PM
The let their dealers know only about 3 days after the told the public, which was awesome. Guys who bought at the old price calling up pissed, "sorry, sir, I have no idea what you are talking about." Stay classy, San Diego.

Good products, though, and they had to be getting sort of slaughtered. We used to sell A TON of them, lately a lot less. Maybe more now.

If you're actually training, there's no better tool to help you improve and be efficient with your time. If you're just riding, just ride.
formerly dkri
jookey

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08/02/2013 08:34 PM
What is this website Velonews you speak of?
Dale

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08/02/2013 08:42 PM
I think it was Keith who said something like, "The average cyclist owning a power meter is like a guy earning minimum wage hiring a CPA to tell him how broke he is."
jacques_anquetil

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08/02/2013 09:32 PM
hey, dale, i resemble that remark.
Dale

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08/02/2013 10:06 PM
JA, you won't find a PowerTap in my assortment of bike stuff--- I know how broke I am without doing a full blown audit
jmdirt

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08/02/2013 11:52 PM
Both sides of that offend me...I'm broke and weak!

I use an HRM for HR and time and that's it. If there would have been watt-o-meters when I was younger I probably would have found a way to own one. Speed and distance have never meant anything to me. Common exchange: "How far did you ride?" " Three hours, HR av. 162".
jacques_anquetil

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08/03/2013 12:10 PM
i just purchased a power meter, mostly 'cause it was cheap. i'm looking to eek out that 1% improvement that will mean victory over my main rival in the local Master 40+ cyclocross race series (yes, BFD. but it's a big deal to me). got a look at the guy last week and damn if he hasn't lost 10lbs from last year. dang. running scared now.
Cosmic Kid

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08/04/2013 12:34 AM
It is not a bad analogy, but looked at from the wrong side. The purpose of a power meter is not to just tell you what watts you are doing (how broke you are). It is to give you the information you need to get better (or, in the case of a CPA, save more cash and get less broke).

What both people need are the tools to get them going in the right direction. The current raw numbers are immaterial.
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
pretender

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08/04/2013 10:51 AM
i particularly enjoy the subtext of whenever somebody slashes a huge chunk off the price of their product. basically an admission that they've been bending you over all this time, and you're supposed to be grateful at their sudden magnanimity.
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