SRM’s new spindle-mounted power meter just got revealed at the unwrapping of pro team Bahrain-Merida’s new bikes in Croatia, and it looks set to be one of the lightest options available on the market.
What appears to be the alloy version of the cranks fitted to the team’s Merida Warp time trial bikes SRM / Bahrain-Merida
SRM has a history of working with a number of exotic crank manufacturers including THM, and although SRM claims it is producing these cranks, they appear at least visually to be another collaboration with the ultra-lightweight German carbon specialists.
The ultralight carbon crank arms claim to weigh a mere 99g each SRM / Bahrain-Merida
SRM claims that the carbon version of the cranks weigh in at a ridiculously light 99g per crank arm, which should make for a competitively light complete package when paired with with the same spider as is used on its Dura-Ace power meter.
The current prototype weighs 599g, with final production weight still to be determined. For context, the Shimano 11-speed SRM power meter weighs 768g, and a Quarq Red power meter is 778g.
SRM also claims that the cranks are its “most compatible system yet”, with the spindle-mounted power meter unit making for easy swaps.
The jury is out on the gold version of the PC8 head unit SRM / Bahrain-Merida
When paired with SRM’s own PC8 head unit (which has been anodised in gold for the team in honour of the Bahrain royal family, because of course it has been), riders will be spoilt with a flood of data with stats including altitude, cadence and speed filling the generously sized, monochromatic display.
The cranks will be available in both alloy and carbon.
While a final price has yet to be nailed down, SRM’s Doug Ryden said the carbon power meter (without PC8) will be about $2,499 and the aluminum version will be about $1,899. SRM does not yet have a weight on the alloy-crank version yet. With SRM’s PC8 computer, the carbon system will be $2,999 and the alloy $2,399.
SRM expects the meters to be available early in 2017.