Garmin Vector arriving in March
Written by: Dan Empfield
Date: Thu Aug 18 2011
The Vector was MetriGear's product prior to its sale to Garmin. Clark Foy, MetiGear's CEO, stayed with the project and has been its husbander since his company's acquisition by Garmin. (Pics and videos of the Vector are available on the Garmin blog.)
The Vector is a pedal-based power measuring system, similar in concept to the Keo Power Pedal joint project between Look Cycle and Polar Electro.
The system will sell for $1500, on par with Quarq's power measuring system. The Quarq company, and its crank-based power measuring system, was acquired by SRAM in May, 2011.
The Garmin Vector announcement—timed to coincide with the upcoming trade shows in Europe and Las Vegas—does not mean the product is ready to ship. Garmin's target date for in-store availability is March, 2012.
While Garmin has been stellar in its brand performance, the Vector is afield of its traditional niche. The Vector is less GPS, less microelectronic, and more bike component, than anything Garmin has yet made (though there certainly are electronics in the pedal).
Further, while you get an actual Look Keo pedal with Polar's system, you get a Keo-compatible pedal with the Vector. Garmin chose Exustar as its pedal vendor for this project and, while the Taiwanese cycling shoe and pedal maker has no marks against it, 68 percent of Slowtwitchers prefer either a Look or a Speedplay pedal on their bikes. Another 22 percent choose Shimano. Time Iclic rates 5 percent and all the others—Exustar included—total 6 percent.
Accordingly, Garmin has two sales to make: that of its power meter, and of its carbon fiber, Keo-compatible, Exustar-made pedal.
For all that, a power meter system that is easily moved from bike to bike is of great interest to triathletes. Further, and speaking of polls, Garmin is by an obscene margin the leading GPS brand among Slowtwitchers, who not only overwhelmingly have a GPS on their bike, 7 out of 10 are sufficiently GPS-enamored to wear a GPS during their runs as well.
Any circa-1984 cyclist who saw the original Look pedal, and who was a snow skier, recognized the genius, and the simplicity, of the design. Twenty-five years later, Look has not squandered its first-to-market advantage. 7.05.11
In this week's installment of our weekly Q&A column focusing on personal sports electronics, Ray covers whether to buy now or wait for the new PowerTap models, whether or not to invest in a dedicated cadence sensor for a PowerTap setup, and the best non-GPS watch for trail running. 8.13.11
Power to the people
Reviewed by: Peter, Sep 27 2011 7:16PM
Brin Bros cleat based system still the best design
Reviewed by: JOS, Sep 12 2011 9:27AM
Reviewed by: p, Sep 1 2011 6:33AM
Garmin Vector $1500? Complete Fail
Reviewed by: John Ceko, Aug 19 2011 1:04PM
Keo compatible and $1500 - no way
Reviewed by: Mark, Aug 19 2011 6:21AM