Since its August 18th unveiling, Garmin's Vector –- an affordable, easy to install high-precision pedal based power meter -- has made two major stops, won a prestigious award and received national TV coverage. And it's only the beginning!
Melbourne, Australia was the site of Ausbike -- Australia's premier bicycle expo/trade show -- and Vector was the talk of the town. "There was a huge amount of interest and excitement from the general public and our dealer base that attended the show," said Rick Loft, Garmin Australia's Fitness Sales Manager. "The public was very excited to finally see the unit, see the pedal platform and be able to touch and feel." Also on display were the Edge 800, 500 and newest addition Edge 200. Both the Edge 800 and 500 require a simple and free update to be fully compatible with Vector and will display independent left/right power and the popular TrainingPeaks™ metrics: Normalized Power (NP ™), Intensity Factor (IF ™) and Training Stress Score (TSS ™). The popular Forerunner 310XT will also be fully compatible with Vector and include these same metrics, while the Edge 705 will continue to display cadence, heart rate, total power, speed and distance.
*Update* 11/8/11 The 310XT will continue to show total power when paired with a compatible ANT+ power meter like Vector, yet will not show independent L/R or the TP metrics.At the inaugural USA Pro Cycling Challenge, where Team Garmin-Cervélo continued their season atop the podium, Vector saw its first action under the bright lights of national media coverage on Versus. Legendary cycling commentator Boll Roll (pictured) was more than happy to discuss the new Edge and the innovation of Vector. Check out the on air footage below:
The next stop for Vector was Friedrichshafen, Germany and EuroBike. Just days before the exhibition began, a panel of cycling industry experts awarded Vector one of the coveted EuroBike Award's. There were over 400 submissions from 27 countries vying to stand atop their peers and Vector's innovative design and technology blew to competition away.
At the booth, visitors flocked to see Vector in action and display independent right/left power on the Edge head units. We were fortunate to have two local cycling enthusiasts taking turns on our display bike in Team Garmin-Cervélo kit to spin for hours on end! On-lookers were amazed at the simplicity of the design and the valuable data it produced. Members of the media snapped photos and jotted down notes while taking in the energy surrounding the Garmin booth.
As you can see, it has been a busy and exciting few weeks for Vector and it continues next week in Las Vegas, NV at InterBike. Vector will again be on display, side by side with the New Edge 200 at booth #13115.
See you there!!