Quarq announced a new power meter called the DZero that improves upon its predecessors, and simplifies the line. Quarq feels strongly that the crank spider is the ideal location for power meter placement, so you’re not going to find a pedal or crank arm based power meter from them anytime soon. What you do get in the DZero is a revised strain gauge design, improved accuracy throughout the pedal stroke and software advances built into the Qalvin App, according to Quarq. Another notable feature added is Bluetooth Low Energy connectivity.
DZero comes in a number of options that allows for compatibility with the majority of setups out there. It’s available with SRAM crank combinations, such as Exogram carbon arms ($1079) and aluminum ($779), or it can be purchased as a power-meter-only option ($679), which does not include the cranks (the spider uses an 8-bolt mounting pattern). There’s even a version called DFour made to be used with Shimano 4-bolt chainrings. Other options include GXP or BB30 spindles and compact or standard gearing.
DZero power meters inherit previous Quarq features of temperature compensation, user-replaceable CR2032 batteries, OmniCal (you can change chainrings without affecting accuracy), AxCad (accelerometer cadence so no magnet is needed), an IPX7 waterproof rating and two-year-warranty.
Quarq and SRAM are giving new bike customers an opportunity to trade-up to power. A number of bike brands including Canyon, Felt, Fuji and Trek are coming spec’d with either SRAM Force or Rival cranks with a sticker on the right arm that indicates they are a “Quarq Prime Power Ready Crankset”. What this means is that a consumer could then buy the DZero power meter spider for $679 and swap it out with the stock one without having to replace the crank arms. Quarq hopes that by making customers aware of how easy it can be to add a power meter they will be more inclined to make the leap.
For more information visit www.quarq.com