Garmin Vector 2 & 2S
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- Rated 4.5 stars
- Garmin Vector Power Pedals
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- Ease of InstallationEditor: 95%
- Battery LifeEditor: 95%
- Power functionsEditor: 100%
- ANT+ supportEditor: 100%
- Bluetooth support
- Total Power Output (both sides)Editor: 100%
- Single Side only option (cheaper)Editor: 100%
The Garmin Vector power meter has been improved and developed since it’s initial release in 2014. The Garmin Vector 2 and 2s power monitoring pedals are now available. It’s worth checking when buying a pair of these power pedals you get the latest version. The original version are still available and, if sold at the right discounted price, they can make an affordable option. It’s worth shopping around to get the best prices. Bottom line is, ensure you know which version you are buying and don’t pay over the odds for the ORIGINAL version.
Single or Dual Sided Power monitoring
The concept behind Garmin Vector Power Pedals is powerfully simple — measure your power output at the pedal, where force is applied. Vector gauges the slight deflection of the pedal spindle through your entire pedal stroke, measuring the force vectors and using this data to calculate power. Because the force sensors are housed in each pedal, Vector can independently measure power from each leg and report total power as well as the balance between your right and left leg. Garmin have TWO versions of Vector. The VECTOR is the dual sided power monitoring system. We also have the VECTOR S, a single sided power monitoring system.
Reviewed By Tristan Haskins
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Who are they for?
The Garmin Vector pedals are for anyone who wants to ensure they are getting the VERY MOST out of themselves and their bike. Only power monitoring can ensure you get to the finish line with just a few watts left in reserve. Several years ago only top flight pro Tour riders would be found using power meters due to their expense and also a lack of understanding. The prices have dropped significantly and it is now very normal to hear club level cyclists talking about their their FTP (Functional Threshold Power) or how long they can remain in Power Zone 3 (Power Zones)
Power Monitoring just got easy
“We are excited to get this innovative product into your hands – and under your feet,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin’s vice president of worldwide sales. “From picking it up at your local bike shop and installing at home in minutes, to giving you accurate and reliable total and independent leg power measurements, Vector becomes one of the most desirable solutions in the cycling market. It’s similar to going from 2D to 3D,” Bartel continued. “There’s a richness in data and capabilities that come from the combination of our location of measurement – the pedals – and Vector’s sensor design.”
Easy to Install
For many cycling enthusiasts, purchasing a power meter is an intimidating and potentially complicated process, often involving mechanical tradeoffs for their bikes. Vector simplifies the decisions and the process. Cyclists can now walk into their local bike shop, walk out with a Vector power meter in hand, and install it themselves in minutes. There’s no need for a custom order process, no need for a mechanic, and no downtime while their bike is in the shop.
With integrated cadence measurement, there are no external sensors to install, and all calibration is performed during the manufacturing process. Once fitted to the bike it’s a simple 2 minute spin of the pedals to set pod angles followed by setting the crank length in your Garmin Edge. After this, unclip from your cleats and Zero Reset the power meter. It’s that easy.
Vector’s easy-to-install design makes it easy to swap between bikes, and easy to take to out-of-town events when renting or borrowing a bike. Their light weight and durable injected carbon fiber pedals are LOOK Keo compatible, and the ANT+ wireless pedal pod transmitters fit most major cranks. Vector has also been designed to be easy to update as software enhancements are made, thanks to its ANT+ wireless technology. To see Vector in action, go to www.garmin.com/Vector
How do Power Meters Work?
Vector works by measuring the normal deflection in the pedal spindle as you pedal, throughout your entire pedal stroke. By comparing the measured deflection to a factory-calibrated deflection caused by a known load, Vector can determine how much force you’re applying to the pedal. With force measurements, the cadence measurements from Vector’s integrated accelerometers, and time, Vector accurately calculates your pedaling power in watts. The force sensors are permanently and securely sealed within the pedal spindle, one of the most robust components on the bike.
Watch those Watts to get the Edge !
Get an ‘Edge’ on the competition: For users already using a Garmin Edge® 800/810/820 or Edge 500/510/520 or Edge 1000 cycling computer, adding a Vector power meter will take their training to the next level. Not only will the Edge display total power, left and right leg power, and cadence, it will now also display in real-time the widely adopted power metrics from TrainingPeaks™: Normalized Power (NP ™), Intensity Factor (IF ™) and Training Stress Score (TSS ™). The Edge 800/810/820 and 1000 adds an interval summary page to enhance the power-based training experience.
How to Install the Vector pedals
“Vector’s easy-to-own design has the potential to make power-based training more accessible and usable by a broader range of athletes,” said Hunter Allen, founder of Peaks Coaching Group and widely regarded as a leading expert in training with a power meter. “In addition, by integrating the TrainingPeaks metrics of Normalized Power, Intensity Factor and Training Stress Score directly into the Edge head units for real-time display, Garmin continues to demonstrate a strong commitment to advancing power-based cycling tools.”
Complete the suite: For post-ride analysis, mapping, course and workout creating and detailed power metrics, Garmin Connect™ is a tool for every level cyclist. With over 1 billion miles logged, users will never be stuck without a new route to explore. At Garmin Connect, cyclists can explore other user’s workouts and send them directly to compatible Garmin fitness products to follow. Having all of their cycling electronics and analysis from one brand means they can trust the equipment, the user experience and the support.