Garmin acquire power meter innovators MetriGear

Pedal-based Vector system may become reality after all

GPS powerhouse Garmin have announced the outright purchase of MetriGear, inventors of the highly promising pedal-based Vector power meter first seen at last year's Interbike show.

The release of the Vector has been repeatedly pushed off from the original target date due to various development delays. This latest move provides much more confidence that the clever power meter will actually see the light of day – and probably relatively soon. 

Even as of last year, the hardware in the MetriGear Vector – all housed inside a Speedplay pedal spindle – was impressively finished-looking and company representatives told us several times that they only had some software and firmware issues to iron out before the product was ready. 

The last company communiqué before the acquisition suggests that most, if not all, of that work is completed and given the ready ANT+ compatibility with Garmin's range of GPS-enabled cycling computers, a complete package probably isn't far off.

“From the start, our vision has been to deliver an easy-to-own cycling power meter with unique capabilities,” said MetriGear CEO Clark Foy in a press release. “Garmin’s world-class engineering, wireless manufacturing expertise and their ability to deliver an end-to-end solution from sensors to displays will be instrumental in realising this vision. We can’t imagine a more capable partner to bring Vector to market, and we're absolutely thrilled to join the Garmin team.”

We'll post more concrete information once it becomes available but in the meantime, this is very good news for consumers who have been eagerly awaiting the Vector's release – stay tuned.

The metrigear vector power meter design is among the tidiest and easiest to move across multiple bikes that we've seen – plus it's superlight: the metrigear vector power meter design is among the tidiest and easiest to move across multiple bikes that we've seen – plus it's superlight

James Huang

Technical Editor, US
James started as a roadie in 1990 with his high school team but switched to dirt in 1994 and has enjoyed both ever since. Anything that comes through his hands is bound to be taken apart, and those hands still sometimes smell like fork oil even though he retired from shop life in 2007. He prefers manual over automatic, fizzy over still, and the right way over the easy way.
  • Discipline: Mountain, road, cyclocross
  • Preferred Terrain: Up in the Colorado high-country where the singletrack is still single, the dirt is still brown, and the aspens are in full bloom. Also, those perfect stretches of pavement where the road snakes across the mountainside like an artist's paintbrush.
  • Beer of Choice: Mexican Coke
  • Location: Boulder, Colorado, USA

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