Shimano power meters to dominate 2018 WorldTour peloton

At least six teams to use new left/right meters, Shimano says

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Shimano is already a dominant force in the pro peloton, but its presence is set to extend further in 2018 as a number of WorldTour teams prepare to use its new power meter. 

Shimano has confirmed that next year six WorldTour teams will ride with Shimano’s Dura-Ace R9100-P power meter equipped cranksets.

Ahead of the 2018 season, 15 of the 18 WorldTour teams ride Shimano components either fully or partly.  Five of them use the Japanese component giant’s wheels, of which two use Shimano’s finishing kit brand PRO.

Shimano-sponsored FDJ were the only WorldTour team equipped with the power meter in 2017. The French team will continue with Shimano next year.

In recent years, German power meter specialist SRM has been the popular power meter brand in the pro peloton, with eight top teams riding the units in 2017. BMC RacingTrek-Segafredo and Orica-Scott [soon to be Michelton-Scott] were four of those teams, but will all switch to Shimano’s unit in 2018.

Team Sky and Team Sunweb will move from Stages and Pioneer, respectively, to the Dura-Ace units, Shimano said.

Shimano claims that its new dual-sided power meter offers accuracy readings of +/-2%, works with Bluetooth or ANT+ and adds 70g to the standard Dura-Ace R9100 crankset.

Along with Shimano and SRM, Power2Max, 4iiii, Quarq, Pioneer and ROTOR will also be present in the WorldTour peloton next season.

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