Favero Assioma, the lightest road pedal power meter you’ve never heard of

first_imgAt the Giro last spring we spotted some dummy Favero BePro pedals on Bardiana-CSF’s team bikes, likely because a new model was in the works. Now a year later, we see Favero’s latest road pedal-based power meter – the new Assioma – promising improved performance, easier usability, and get this… lower prices.Favero Assioma: lightweight, trouble-free power meter pedalsc. FaveroThe newest true left/right power meter pedal setup from Favero promises segment leading tech & performance, all at a price that looks pretty easy to justify.Even though you’ve likely never heard of them and their company is relatively new to cycling, Favero Electronics has been making electronic sports equipment for more than thirty years. So starting their power meter project with the original BePro almost a decade ago wasn’t a big stretch. As something of an outside, they set about designing a more robust pedal power meter that offers some features we’re not used to seeing.What makes the Assioma power meter pedals unique?Like most premium pedal-based power meter, the new Assioma offer simple setup, Bluetooth & ANT+ communication, reliable/consistent data output and temperature compensation.But beyond that the Assioma claims to be the only true pedal power meter that uses a pedal body entirely free of electronics. Favero tucks all of their electronics into the housing around the pedal axle where it is protected from impacts, so you end up with a pedal that is easy and affordable to maintain. (Crash replacement pedal bodies also only cost 60€.)Favero also fills the entire inside of the Assioma’s protected electronics housing with resin making them absolutely waterproof (IP67 certified) & shock proof. The body gets no openings to the outside – no replaceable battery, but also no charging slots even, instead using magnetic charging tabs. So there’s literally so room for moisture to get inside, so ride through as deep of water as your bottom bracket bearings (and your poor mechanic) will allow!They even say that by using a proper built-in, rechargeable lithium-ion battery (uncommon in power meter pedals), the Assioma reports much more accurate remaining charge data to your paired device, to make sure you don’t run out of juice on a big ride. The pedals claim 50+ hours of ride time, with easy battery monitor with the Favero Assioma app, and a 8 hour energy remaining warning on your paired GPS.Favero also calls the Assioma the “lightest pedal-based power meter ever made” at 150g per pedal (or 128g for a dummy pedal), also with the lowest pedal power meter stack height at just 10.5mm.Tech detailsThe Assioma claims class-leading ±1% power accuracy thanks to instantaneous angular velocity (IAV) measurement with Assioma’s on-board gyroscope. While many power meters calculate power based on the average angular velocity of the crank arm through each rotation, the IAV solution detects much more detailed power data, and is especially more accurate when using elliptical/oval chainrings where crank arm speed varies widely through each rotation.This new version of Favero’s power meter housing is also lower profile than before, knocking 3.5mm off to 33.5mm diameter to eliminate the rare cases where some wide, flat shoes could rub the housing.In addition to regular wireless connectivity, the Assioma will connect & transmit to two devices as once (one Bluetooth, one ANT+) to let you take advantage of virtual training apps like Zwift, while separately logging your ride data.Power & pedal data metricsWith strain gauges measuring directly at the pedal axles, the Assioma power meters claim exceptionally accuracy data of the real power you are laying down. Metrics include true left+right power output, real left/right balance, pedaling cadence, torque effectiveness, pedaling smoothness, as well as pretty much any proprietary data extrapolated from true two-sided power measurement.Easy to install, easy to swap bike-to-bikeA big update over the previous BePro generation, the new Assioma is design for a Plug&Play lifestyle. No special tools are needed, nor is any dynamic calibration once installed. So you can simply pop them off with an 8mm allen key like you would with any standard pedal, and swap them from one bike to the next in seconds. Once on hit the calibration option on your cycling computer for a manual re-zeroing in, then it takes “a few tens” of pedal rotations (say pedaling down the block) until the Assioma pedals perform an internal self-calibration, and are reporting at full accuracy again. The entire process should take just a couple minutes.As easy to swap, the Assiomas use a double micro-USB cable to efficiently charge both sides at once. Just snap the special magnetic charging dongles over the electronics housing on either pedal, plus the micro-USBs in, and they’ll be juiced up again from complete discharge in six hours.Pricing & availabilityThe Assioma power meter pedals were designed, and now are made entirely in Italy – available in two configurations. For 695€ you get the Assioma Duo two power metering pedals for real left/right data. But if you want to save a few bucks, for 445€ the Assioma Uno gives you a power metering left pedal with a matching dummy right pedal. Each includes 6° float cleats, but is also compatible with original Look Kèo cleats as well. Both versions are available now direct from Favero, with even some special color-logo-ed editions running with the Giro too.cycling.Favero.comlast_img read more

Felt Bicycles Puts Bikes Under Olympic Hopefuls at UCI World Cycling Center

first_imgPRESS RELEASE: Felt Bicycles has partnered with the International Cycling Union (UCI), the world governing body of cycling, to supply a full stable of road, time trial, track, mountain and BMX frames to the World Cycling Centre in Aigle, Switzerland. The architecturally renowned World Cycling Centre opened in 2002 and houses the offices of the UCI staff as well as elite training facilities for Olympic cycling hopefuls from around the world. The WCC also functions as a training center for national-level cycling coaches, team directors and other management roles within the sport.“We’re pleased to be a sponsor of this incredible facility and the athletes who train there,” said Felt President Bill Duehring. “We’re especially proud to support those athletes from developing nations that might not have the resources or elite level of support to help them chase their Olympic dreams.”Located in the Swiss Alps and surrounded by roads and trails that are ideal for road and mountain bike training, the World Cycling Centre was created to help develop the sport globally. To that end, WCC coaches identify riders from countries that lack fully funded national teams and invite them to live in Aigle to train at the WCC. In 2009, more than 83 riders from 38 different countries benefited from the WCC facilities. Since opening, the WCC has hosted 717 athletes from 113 countries.UCI President Pat McQuaid expressed appreciation for the sponsorship. “The World Cycling Centre is delighted with this new partnership, which will benefit promising young riders in all the disciplines promoted at the WCC,” he said. “The UCI’s training and coaching center would simply not be able to fulfill its missions without the support of all its partners, and one of the most important of these is Felt.”Athletes who have trained at the WCC range from Olympic champions to unknown riders with untapped potential. American Sarah Hammer, a two-time world champion who is sponsored by Felt, currently lives in Aigle and trains at the WCC.The WCC facilities include an indoor 200-meter velodrome, an Olympic-style BMX course and a fully equipped gymnasium. In addition to training athletes, there are coaching programs as well. In some cases, a coach is invited along with an athlete so that, together, they can take what they learn back to their home country. Beyond that, the WCC also recently introduced programs aimed at training team directors. It’s all part of the mission to improve cycling opportunities all around the world.Felt’s sponsorship of the WCC began January 1, 2010 and continues through December 31, 2012last_img read more

Prototype Specialized SL3 ‘Project Black’ Roubaix Spotted at Paris Roubaix

first_imgJames Huang over at BikeRadar captured some pics of a prototype Specialized ‘Project Black’ bike that’s looking to be a 2011 S-Works Roubaix, likely with the SL3 moniker.  They’ve got a full gallery of photos (including both of these, which are ©James Huang/BikeRadar) and speculation, but here are the Cliff’s Notes on visible improvements and changes over the current SL2 version:Internal derailleur and rear brake housing with caps that should make it Di2 internal wiring compatible.Larger Zertz damper inserts in both the seat stays and fork legs.Seat tube gets much wider, squarer toward the bottom bracket.Huge downtube flows more consistently (smoothly) under the BB for larger overall cross section.Thinner seatstays, but HUGE chainstays.Miniscule alloy rear dropouts.Specialized has hinted they’ll be showing a couple new items, including at least one frame and some tires, at Sea Otter, but I doubt they’ll be showing this bad boy off so early.  The Paris-Roubaix is this coming Sunday, April 11, and the bike you see here will be piloted by Saxobank’s Stuart O’Grady.  Watch the race on Versus at 6pm EST.last_img read more

Lucas Hnath’s Dana H., Starring Deirdre O’Connell, Sets Dates for Off-Broadway Bow

first_img Star Files Production dates have been announced for Dana H., a new play by Tony nominee Lucas Hnath, arriving at off-Broadway’s Vineyard Theatre this winter. The previously announced drama, directed by Les Waters and starring Deirdre O’Connell, will begin previews on February 7, 2020 and officially open on February 25.Adapted from interviews conducted by Steve Cosson with Hnath’s mother, the play tells the true story of Dana (played by O’Connell), the former chaplain of a psych ward where she met a charismatic patient, an ex-convict searching for redemption. Dana was held captive in a series of Florida motels for five months.Dana H. will feature scenic design by Andrew Boyce, costume design by Janice Pytel, sound design by Mikhail Fiksel and lighting/supertitle design by Paul Toben.The production will play a limited engagement through March 15, 2020. Deirdre O’Connell Related Shows Dana H.center_img Deirdre O’Connell(Photo: Caitlin McNaney for Broadway.com) Show Closed This production ended its run on March 29, 2020 View Commentslast_img read more

Watch City in action before Christmas

first_imgFrank Lampard’s Derby County host the Robins for the sides’ final fixture ahead of Christmas.Already, 665 City fans are making the trip north.Price breakdownAdult – £28.00Senior 65+ – £20.00Under-18 – £15.50Aged 2-12 – £8.50Pay on the day is also currently available. Away tickets can be purchased from the white cabin at the South East Corner, near the away turnstiles, from 1.30pm on the day of the game (Saturday, December 22nd).CATS will be leaving the Winterstoke car park at 10am to take fans to Derby on Saturday. Supporters can park on site.The cost for CATS travel is: season card holders £23, non-season card holders £28.Ambulant disabled and wheelchair using supporters are to book tickets via Supporter Services on 0117 9630 600.Tickets will go off sale Friday, December 21st at 12pm.All tickets ordered online for this fixture after December 14th must now be collected.Buy your tickets onlinelast_img read more