Pioneer Demonstrates Its Vision for the Next Evolution of Power Analysis at Interbike 2016
Expanded Sensor Network Improves Power Efficiency by Analyzing Rider Form
Pioneer goes beyond power meter technology by expanding its sensor ecosystem at Interbike 2016. Much of the technology developed by Pioneer aligns with the demands of cyclists, both in training and competition. Today Pioneer unveils its Expanded Sensor Network, designed to detect rider form and further define pedaling technique to improve the rider’s power efficiency.
Entering the cycling industry in 2013, Pioneer introduced unprecedented cycling technology with the first Dual Leg Power Meter, offering independent left and right leg measurement and advanced pedaling metrics to help riders improve power efficiency and detect power loss. Over the past three years, Pioneer has differentiated itself in the power meter category by developing a complete analytical ecosystem: Dual Leg Power Meter, Cycle Computer, and Cyclo-Sphere cloud-based after-ride analysis, generating metrics that go beyond the traditional data produced by other power meter systems. Weekend warriors to professional cyclists and triathletes can customize the full system and metrics to meet goals and cycling needs. As a leading electronics company, Pioneer has depth in manufacturing expertise and continually introduces new tools to enhance rider performance. The Expanded Sensor Network is Pioneer’s next evolution in power.
The Expanded Sensor Network collects rider data using a series of 26 sensors (strain gauges, accelerometers and gyro sensors) located on five key locations on the bike and rider – the seat post, helmet, bar stem, power meter and ankling sensor on top of the rider’s shoe. Three new metrics for performance analysis are created from this captured data:
- 3-Point Weight Balance
- Collected from three different locations on the bike (seat post, bar stem, power meter)
- Proper weight distribution optimizes bike fit and riding technique/style, which can result in improved pedaling force and higher pedaling efficiency.
- Ankling Angle
- Measured from a combination shoe sensor and power meter
- Identifying ankle position and force angle provides information the rider can analyze to determine if he or she has the proper muscles engaged in the stroke rotation. Proper stroke within the rotation affects power efficiency and loss. Ankling angle can also be used to assist in proper bike fit.
- Head Stability
- Senses movement right and left
- Improved head stability and a stable riding position can increase power
These three characteristics are critical to maximizing optimum power generation. Rider form is analyzed by looking at weight balance and head stability while pedaling technique is evaluated by combining ankling angle and force direction from the Dual Leg Power Meter.
“Pioneer is very different than other available power meters. We are not only measuring power, we are also providing analysis for rider improvement,” said Russ Johnston, executive vice president of marketing and corporate communications for Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. “We’re not just trying to record power for use and training; our goal is to capture data to reveal technique. If we recognize technique, riders better understand how to improve power efficiency. The Expanded Sensor Network is designed to help riders build fundamental form and pedaling technique that can result in higher power output, faster ride times, and achievement of cycling goals. We see this system being used by bike fitters, coaches and for cyclists’ personal use.”
In addition to the Expanded Sensor Network demonstration, at the booth Pioneer will also be exhibiting:
- Power meter availability for the new flagship Shimano® DURA-ACE® R9100 HOLLOWTECH® II crankset
- Pre-installed Dual Leg Power Meter and Single Leg Power Meter, and Power Meter Kit
- Expanded Power Meter Kit line-up supporting popular crankset and crank arm brands* Campagnolo®, Cannondale® and FSA®, as well as Shimano mountain bike models, XTR Trail and XT
- Training Assist – newly introduced feature available on the SGX-CA500 GPS Cycle Computer, created to support those training with Pioneer’s line of Single Leg and Dual Leg Power Meters. Training Assist helps riders maximize use of their power meters through three structured training courses divided into 28 easy-to-use training modules.
For more information on Pioneer’s complete power meter system, visit www.powerisking.com.
Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc., headquartered in Long Beach, Calif., is a preeminent manufacturer of leading-edge technology solutions for the mobile electronics aftermarket. Its affiliate Pioneer Automotive Technologies, Inc. (PAT) is a key supplier for Tier 1 automotive entertainment systems and components to vehicle manufactures. Pioneer is focused on creating the ultimate in-car entertainment experience with high performance audio and video components as well as connectivity with today’s smart devices. Building on more than 75 years of electronics experience, Pioneer has expanded into the cycle sports industry, designing world-class power meters and cycle computers for professional athletes and cycling enthusiasts.
*Pioneer’s power meter is not compatible with all cranksets and crank arms of Campagnolo, Cannondale and FSA. Check Pioneer’s Power Meter Kit. For information on compatibility, please visit: http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/PUSA/Cycle+Sports/Products/Power+Meters
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Shimano, DURA-ACE, ULTEGRA and Shimano 105 are registered trademarks of Shimano Inc.
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Campagnolo is a registered trademark of Campagnolo Srl.
Cannondale is a registered trademark of Cycling Sports Group, Inc.
FSA is a registered trademark of Tien Hsin Industries Co., Ltd.