Power meters are becoming more and more common, particularly dual-sided devices, and as the technology gets cheaper it becomes ever more important for manufacturers to stay relevant in the market.
That could be said for Stages and their products which for some time have been seen as the most accessible power meters on the market. Up to now, they’ve been known for their one-sided crank based power meters. But they’re hoping that’s about to change.
The American power meter manufacturer has been utilising its dual-sided power meter with Team Sky for sometime but it wasn’t until August 2017 that Stages announced it would be taking that product and opening it up to consumers.
In line with the new Shimano crankset designs, Stages will offer dual-sided power meter crank sets for both Shimano Dura-Ace 9100 version and Ultegra R8000 models.
Usually Stages’ power meters are non-driveside crank based but this will incorporate the whole crankset. However, anyone who is a fan of their one-sided cranksets need not to worry as they will continue to produce the popular one-sided power meters and even offer left and right variants going forward. Until now, they’ve only offered a left-sided model.
Why would anyone need a right-sided power meter when you can use a left-sided one? Well some frames that house a rear brake on the underside of the bike (as is the case with some time trial bikes) make adjustments to the power meter troublesome. By allowing users to purchase a right-sided version Stages alleviates the need to redesign its power meter and which means the rider needn’t require a completely new bike to use them.
Much like the crankset options, both left and right-sided power meters come in both Dura-Ace 9100 and R8000, with different pricing for the two models.
Talking of pricing, the offering comes in as follows. The dual-sided Shimano Dura-Ace 9100 version is available for £1,199 while the Shimano Ultegra R8000 model is £949, then the right-sided Stages Power R is available in a Shimano Dura-Ace 9100 model for £749 and in a Ultegra R8000 version for £649. Finally the latest left-sided cranks come in at £649 (Dura-Ace 9100), £549 (Ultegra R8000) and £449 (105).