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

Warranty Direct sponsors GB Biathle

first_imgDuncan McClure Fisher, Warranty Direct Managing Director, said “We are very happy to back a sport which gets little exposure, but has produced some fantastic all-round athletes who have gone on to great things while representing their country. We hope that our support will help Pentathlon GB produce more athletes to compete for the British Team in Future Olympics.”Howard Jones, Pentathlon GB Biathle Director, said “We’re absolutely delighted to have Warranty Direct on board for 2013. Following the Olympics there has been an increase in people wanting to take up sport at this level and their support enables us to help encourage more people to take part. It’s going to be an exceptional season of competition.”Warranty Direct-sponsored prizes will be awarded for the GB Biathle Race Series competitions across the country, with the first events set to take place at Millfield School in Somerset on 5 May.www.pentathlongb.org/biathle/www.warrantydirect.co.uk Related Warranty Direct – the UK’s leading provider of direct consumer warranties – will sponsor the GB Biathle Series and National Biathle Championships, supporting ‘run-swim-run’ format events across the country.With categories for all ages from 9 years up to 70+, biathle competitions see athletes starting together in a group and running for up to 1500m, swimming for up to 200m and finally completing another run of up to 1500m to the finish line.Organised by Pentathlon GB, biathle is a natural starting point for those who later move on to the Olympic sport of Modern Pentathlon. Samantha Murray – who, by claiming silver, won TeamGB’s final medal of the London 2012 Olympic Games – competed in Biathle series events before graduating to pentathlon.Murray said “GB Biathle is a friendly, well-managed and competitive organisation that provides a pathway into Modern Pentathlon. As a youngster, I competed in a few biathles in the North West, which helped my progress into the pentathlon field.”Warranty Direct’s support will enable organisers to double the number of competitors who receive prizes as well as providing kit, equipment and contributing towards event costs.last_img read more

Best Bets for the Weekend: Fall festivals, Michael J. Fox, party at the library

first_imgThe Overland Park Fall Festival in downtown.There are definitely no shortage of ways to celebrate this fall, whether it’s venturing out to an autumnal festival or gathering around the television cheering on our amazing Chiefs. Here’s some of the most fun things happening this weekend in our Northeast Johnson County neck of the woods…The Overland Park Fall Festival is always a great time, but especially when it actually feels like fall. Check out the parade through Downtown Overland Park, the sweet arts and crafts fair, the always lovely Farmers’ Market, three stages of concerts and lots of food on Saturday.We’ve always found Pumpkin Hollow at Deanna Rose to be a nice and low-key experience to grab pumpkins and have some fall fun. It starts this weekend.It’s about time we all took another visit Back to the Future. On Saturday Shawnee Mission Park hosts Evening in the Park, with food, drink and M-80’s, a 1980’s tribute band. Additionally, September is Deaf Awareness Month and JCPRD welcomes members of the Deaf Community to enjoy closed captioning for the movie.I honestly don’t know what we’d do without the Johnson County Library. It would be hard for me to overstate the impact it has had on our family’s life. This Saturday is the library’s major fundraiser, Library Lets Loose. It’s a great way to have fun and support this wonderful community resource.last_img read more

Třinec has reduced the budget by 20 percent, he goes to…

first_imgPhoto: Petr Rubal, hcocelari.czToday, the steelmakers presented their visions and plans for the upcoming year of the Tipsport extra league, which they have been playing continuously since the 1995/96 season, on the terrace of the Radegastovna Pod padákem in Třinec. The hockey players of Třinec played at the top again last season, and they may be very sorry that the effort to win the championship title was cut short by the coronavirus pandemic. This will probably affect the new year as well. “Optimism prevails on our part, although epidemiologists warn us that the most difficult period is yet to come. But I hope that life will return to some normal, “says club president Ján Moder.Photo: Petr Rubal, hcocelari.czThey also went under Javor with their salaries. “We set the austerity regime a long time ago, it was at the time when we started the steel road project. Sports manager Jan Peterek aims to make the season for as little money as possible and give the spectators as much music as possible. The economic situation is not easy, but I believe that our situation will continue to be stable, “he reveals to the club website Moder.“Compared to last season, we have a twenty percent lower budget for the AC. Player conditions have gone down, lots of clubs will save on the budget. On the other hand, it is difficult to estimate income. Nobody knows what awaits us. There are a lot of questions that will decide on the economic result of this year, “adds Jan Peterek, Sports Director of Steelworks, to the financial side.Under the current measures, the capacity of the Werk Arena is 3,200 spectators, but Peterek hopes that more fans could get to hockey in Třinec in time. “I believe we will soon turn white at the traffic light. And that the restrictions will soon not apply to the whole republic, but will be divided on the basis of specific regions. I firmly hope that we will see a full stadium as soon as possible. ”The team is changing for a generation, fans will no longer see a few experienced fighters. Jiří Polanský and Lukáš Krajíček ended their careers, Martin Adamský moved to Havířov and Vladimír Roth said goodbye. “They are players that we and people will miss. I believe that we have excellent players here not only in hockey, but also in character. It’s beautiful when little boys find new patterns. ”“We want to play offensive hockey that people will love to go to.”“Together with Honza Peterek, we were looking for a player we could rely on in the future. I believe that we will play for the highest places. Our players are ready for it and will go to extra-league fights with gusto. Hockey is a collective sport and we rely on it. It was with a collective approach that we won the championship title a year and a half ago, “recalls head coach Václav Varaďa.His team, strengthened by Filip Zadin, Lukáš Jašek and Josef Kořenář, already showed its qualities in the Generali Česká Cup, which it dominated. “I am glad that we were able to complete the entire training without the virus and quarantine. The players played a very high quality match, which took us to the top of the podium. We were pleased to play handsome hockey. I believe that we will follow up on the matches in the league. ”Photo: Tomáš Čekal“For the first time, our training had a charge, and I watched it in parallel with the Stanley Cup broadcasts in Toronto and Edmonton. I quite liked the game performance of the teams in the extra league. It’s such a small Stanley Cup. It was a mini play off, which we won again, “looks forward to the vice-president of the Třinec club, Jan Czudek. “We want to play offensive hockey, which people will like to go to,” he adds.The steelworkers are going to the new year again with three variants of jerseys, but also a new captain. He became an experienced striker Petr Vrána, currently the team’s oldest player. “I appreciate the boys’ choices. We work together in a team, there is a good group of people. Céčko is just a letter on the jersey, we have one team in the locker room and we have more leaders. I believe that we will continue to provide quality performances, “he wishes.Current list of HC Oceláři TřinecGoalkeepers:Jakub Štěpánek, Josef Kořenář, Nick Malík, Tomáš Suchánek.Defenders:Marian Adamek, Milan Doudera, Guntis Galvins, Martin Gernat, Filip Haman, Ondrej Hrachovsky, Patrik Husak, Jan Jaromersky, Tomas Kundratek, David Musil, Jan Zahradnicek.Attackers:Vladimír Dravecký, Patrik Hrehorčák, Erik Hrňa, Aron Chmielewski, Lukáš Jašek, David Kofroň, Michal Kovařčík, Ondřej Kovařčík, Daniel Kurovský, Tomáš Marcinko, Adam Raška, Miloš Roman, Martin Růžička, Matěj Stránský, Radek Veselý, Petr Vrána, Filip Zadina .Changes in the staffArrivals:Jan Jaroměřský (Olomouc), Patrik Husák (Poruba), Daniel Kurovský (Vítkovice), Radek Veselý (Havířov), Nick Malík (Soo Greyhounds, OHL), Miloš Roman (Vancouver Giants, WHL), Filip Zadina (Detroit, NHL), Lukáš Jašek (Utica, AHL), Josef Kořenář (San Jose, AHL), Adam Raška (Rimouski, QMJHL).Excrement:Jan Hladonik (Karlovy Vary), Petr Kváča (Liberec), Vladimír Roth (unknown), Roman Szturc (Havířov), Lukáš Krajíček (end of career), Štěpán Novotný (career interruption), Jakub Matyáš (Prostějov), Martin Adamský (Havířov) , Jiří Polanský (end of career).Results of preparatory matchesTrinec 7:2 PřerovVítkovice 3:4 TrinecTrinec 5:2 ZlínZlín 4:0 TrinecPřerov 3:2pp TrinecTrinec 6:2 VítkoviceHradec 1:7 TrinecTrinec 2:3 HradecComet 5:4pp TrinecTrinec 3:0 PardubicePardubice 3:3 TrinecPhoto: Karel Švec, Czech hockey Share on Facebook Share on Twitterlast_img read more