Quarq drops price (and chainrings) on power meters

SRAM's power meter brand lowers price by US$230 / £350

As more players enter the power meter market, price competition is heating up. After PowerTap dropped its pricing, SRAM has followed suit by announcing that it is now selling its Quarq power meters at a lower cost.

Quarq power meters — including SRAM RED 22, Quarq ELSA and Quarq RIKEN — will now be sold without chainrings as a 'chassis', meaning crank arms, power meter spider and chainring bolts. But even with the cost of chainrings factored in, the new prices are about US$230 / £350 less than before.

Selling the units without chainrings is a way to give bike shops and bike riders more flexibility, SRAM said, allowing for one chassis to be used with 10-speed, 11-speed or 1x chainrings.

A full price listing is below, but as an example, the SRAM Red 22 GXP chassis now sells for US$1,600 / £1,199, or US$1,779 / £1,224 with SRAM Red 22 chainrings. Compare this to the previous SRAM Red 22 GXP complete crankset, priced at US$1,995 / £1,599.

The new pricing puts Quarq about in the middle of the power-meter market. It is now more in line with the Garmin Vector power meter pedals, more expensive than Stages and the base-level PowerTap, but far cheaper than SRM.

The Quarq power meter spider comes at a few different price points

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SRAM quarq power meters will now be sold as a 'chassis' - with crank arms and spider but no chain rings: sram quarq power meters will now be sold as a 'chassis' - with crank arms and spider but no chain rings

SRAM Quarq power meters will now be sold as a 'chassis' - with crank arms and spider but no chain rings

SRAM Quarq power-meter chassis options:

  • SRAM RED 22 Quarq chassis – GXP (BB and chain rings not included): US$1,600 / €1,422 / £1,199
  • SRAM RED 22 Quarq chassis – BB30 (BB and chain rings not included): US$1,650 / €1,467 / £1,249
  • Quarq ELSA R chassis – GXP (BB and chain rings not included): US$1,600 / €1,422 / £1,199
  • Quarq ELSA R chassis – BB30 (BB and chain rings not included): US$1,650 / €1,467 / £1,249
  • Quarq RIKEN R chassis – GXP (BB and chain rings not included): US$1,200 / €1,067 / £899
  • Quarq RIKEN R chassis – BB30 (BB and chain rings not included): US$1,250 / €1,111 / £949

SRAM chainring options:

  • Road Aero 11-speed – 130BCD – 55-42: US$165 / €146 / £125
  • SRAM RED 22/ Force 22 11-speed – 130BCD – 53-39: US$179 / €159 / £136
  • SRAM RED 22/ Force 22 11-speed – 110BCD – 52-36: US$179 / €159 / £136
  • SRAM RED 22/ Force 22 11-speed – 110BCD – 50-34: US$173 / €154 / £132
  • SRAM Force CX1 – 110BCD – 38, 40, 42, 44, 46: from US$126 to $152 / from €112 to €135 / from £96 to £115
  • Road Aero 10-speed – 130BCD – 55-42: US$127 / €117 / £96
  • SRAM RED 10-speed – 130BCD – 53-39: US$166 / €154 / £126
  • SRAM RED 10-speed – 110BCD – 50-34: US$162 / €150 / £123
  • TSM 10-speed – 130BCD – 53-39: US$125 / €115 / £95
  • TSM 10-speed – 130BCD – 50-34: $116/ €107/ £88
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