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Pioneer powers up with new sensors, iPhone app and Ultegra R8000 compatible power meters

Pioneer Dual Leg Power Meter - Ultegra R8000

Pioneer Electronics has ramped up its new product development with an extension of its Expanded Sensor Network (ESN) system, a new Cyclo-Sphere Mobile app, and Dual Leg and Single Leg Power Meters for Shimano’s new Ultegra R8000 Crankset.

Ultegra R8000 Crankset power meters from Pioneer
The new Pioneer SGY-PM80 Series Dual Leg and Single Leg Power Meters are compatible with the new Shimano Ultegra R8000 Hollowtech II crankset. Pioneer’s single leg option helps cyclists start with power training, while the dual leg power meters can help riders uncover sources of pedalling imbalance and identify bike fit, power loss and absorption issues. Pioneer also offers cyclists the option to add its advanced dual leg and single leg power meters with their existing Shimano Ultegra R8000 cranksets with the SGY-PM9100C (dual leg), SGY-PMLTC (left arm), SGY-PMRTC (drive-side) power meter kits.

The SGY-PM80 Series Dual Leg Power Meter adds only 62g of weight to the original Ultegra crank, making Pioneer’s system one of the lightest crank-based meters. The power meter is also compatible with ANT+ devices, including ANT+ sport watches. Riders with ANT+ computers will be able to see all ANT+ standardized power metrics supported by that computer.

  • The SGY-PM80 Series Dual Leg Power Meter will be available in autumn/fall 2017 with a suggested retail price of US1,249.99.
  • The new SGY-LT80 Series Single Leg Power Meter for the Ultegra R8000 crank will be available in September with a suggested retail price of US$559.99.

Expanded Sensor Network (ESN) system
Pioneer notes that it continues to work on the next generation of power analysis, demonstrating the next evolution of its Expanded Sensor Network (ESN) system, first exhibited at Interbike 2016. The ESN System was created to evaluate the cyclist’s body position and pedalling technique. The second iteration of the system focuses on two metrics, biomechanical input (form and function) from the rider and the rider’s power output, creating an analysis tool to provide data for bike fitters and cycling coaches to improve rider performance.

On show this week at Interbike 2017, the 2017 version of ESN aims to improve on what was presented last year by eliminating the sensors required to capture form and replacing them with a motion capture system (two cameras combined with Pioneer’s proprietary ESN computer analysis program). This change enables the system to be used with any bike and reduces overall cost to the user.

Additionally, Pioneer recognizes that metrics such as body position, body stability, hip angle, knee angle and ankle angle are important for maximizing efficiency and power output of a rider. The newly redesigned ESN System will now show dynamic body movement and position along with optimum torque location and optimum ankle stability and position.

The ESN System demonstrated at Interbike 2017 provides detail of a cyclist’s form and function on the bike and combines it with the cyclist’s power output and efficiency to offer a more dynamic analysis of the rider’s on-bike performance. The ESN System collects rider data using a series of 12 power meter sensors (strain gauges and accelerometers) and a two-camera motion capture system with 12 capture markers (near each joint to identity the motion by the position or angles between the markers).

Four new metrics for performance analysis are created from this captured data:

  • Bike Fit Metrics
  • Pedal Technique Metrics
  • Power and Efficiency Metrics
  • Torque Zone Analysis

“Our advanced power meter technology used with the new rider form data provided by the ESN System creates a powerful tool for coaches and bike fitters to help their clients develop better riding form and further define improved pedalling technique for maximum power efficiency,” said Russ Johnston, Executive Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Communications for Pioneer Electronics (USA).

“We are confident the system’s end result will prove indispensable for achieving the rider’s cycling goals. We are using Interbike 2017 as a testing ground. We want to get feedback from coaches and bike fitters so that we can commercialize the ESN System in the near future. We are excited to hear what people have to say about the system at the show and we welcome feedback.”

Cyclo-Sphere Mobile
Pioneer has unveiled Cyclo-Sphere Mobile, a new iPhone app created to support cyclists riding with Pioneer’s line of Single Leg and Dual Leg Power Meters. Cyclo-Sphere Mobile app is an extension of Cyclo-Sphere, Pioneer’s free online cloud service created for after-ride analysis. The new app takes primary ride data collected in Cyclo-Sphere and reformats it for mobile use. Cyclo-Sphere Mobile features three new functions exclusive to the new app: Segment Analysis, Ranking and Training Assist.

“Ask any cyclists and they’ll admit that the first thing they do when they’re back from a ride is check out their stats, was my max power better than last time, did I ride faster than my friends on this route,” said Russ Johnston at Pioneer Electronics (USA). “Our new Cyclo-Sphere Mobile app puts the metrics and data analysis cyclists want access to when they’re away from their computers and only have an iPhone available for ride breakdown. If cyclists want more detailed pedalling data and analysis, they always have the option of using Cyclo-Sphere on their PC.

“Our new app is designed to make it easier for cyclists to keep track of their progress in order to improve performance and achieve their goals, whether it’s winning a race or just beating their friends.”

Key app features:

  • Workout list /ride history
  • Segment analysis
  • Comprehensive analysis: provides detailed history of a wide range of cycling metrics over a rider’s career including total power data, pedalling data and Training Peaks Normalized Power (NP) and Training Stress Score (TSS)
  • MMP graphs: instant access to the rider’s MMP (Mean Maximum Power) and corresponding power intervals (within the range from one second to three hours)
  • Ranking: riders can see how they stack up against other riders within the Pioneer power meter community; active Cyclo-Sphere users can compare themselves based on power, MMP, training volume and other metrics
  • Training Assist: helps riders maximize use of their power meters through three structured training courses divided into 28 training modules

Riders interested in more advanced features and deeper after-ride analysis have the option to access the full Cyclo-Sphere via their PC. According to Pioneer, Cyclo-Sphere on the computer offers the most comprehensive and detailed breakdown of the ride event with 199 performance metrics illustrated in detail utilizing a variety of graphs, charts and maps including:

  • Extensive analysis – Power data, force vector pedaling data, pedaling efficiency data and MMP power graphs
  • TrainingPeaks metric analysis – NP, TSS and Intensity Factor
  • Data auto-forwarding – auto-forward ride data to popular training and community sites such as Training Peaks, Strava and Today’s Plan




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