Garmin Vector power meter release delayed again

Now expected in summer 2012

Garmin has announced yet another delay for its much anticipated Vector pedal-based power meter.

"As with any Garmin product it is always our attempt to ensure that it meets the highest standard of quality—such is the case with Vector," Garmin media relations representative Justin McCarthy told BikeRadar. "In doing so, it has taken longer than expected. We are 100-percent committed to bringing this highly anticipated power meter to cycling shops around the world and will be doing so this summer."

Garmin had previously reported that the Vector would be available this March but we had suspicions of another delay earlier this month, when even Garmin-Barracuda team bikes were spotted with branded pedal bodies but no transmitters attached to send power data to head units.

The wait has certainly been excruciating — after all, original developer Metrigear first debuted the Vector concept at the 2009 Interbike trade show — then struggled to bring it to market. Hopes were lifted in late 2010 when GPS device giant Garmin purchased Metrigear outright (along with all of the technology and its employees), but more than a year later, we're unfortunately all still waiting.

That being said, McCarthy insists Vector will be worth the wait. "The Vector power solution combined with one of Garmin’s Edge cycling computers really will bring cycling to a whole new level," he said. "This pedal-based power meter installs in minutes and easily transfers between bikes. Weighing far less than most other power meters on the market, Vector won’t weigh riders down while accurately measuring cadence and total power, as well as independent left and right leg power.

Garmin has designed its Vector power meter around Exustar's Look KeO-compatible pedal design

"We are thrilled to provide users the opportunity to analyze this robust data through Garmin Connect so they too can take their training to new places," he continued. "Gone will be the days of boring workouts and difficult set up and maintenance. Garmin Vector will indeed be a game changer and we can’t wait until riders have it in their hands and under their feet this summer."

The Garmin Vector will be able to display separate left-right power outputs when paired with compatible head units

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