Originally Posted by coapman
Why is it not possible to get these 2 nd generation PM's with standard cranks ?
Because most people who understand racing and training with a power meter will only be interested in the overall power number not where the power is being supplied through the pedal stroke. Knowing that will not help them to test their fitness to determine if the training, recovery, nutrition etc is actually working.
Once a cyclist has their optimal pedalling technique sorted there is no further benefit from testing it on a daily basis so any extra expense in measuring it or employing a coach or sport scientist to analyse it is redundant. Like wind tunnel testing it may be a one off deal once or twice a year and makes far more sense than to spend money on redundant equipment.
Bit like Gimmickcrankers training and pedalling technique they will not use in competition. Never seen Cadel riding them in the Pro Peloton. If they thought they would improve performance then they would use them.
What is still not being discussed is the magnitude of performance changes with your delusions. Franks claims a 40% improvement in performance which would take me from D grade to Pro Tour. Now Frank has often said this is just a marketing claim as if he said a 4% improvement then no one would buy his product. We have a local researcher claiming a 4% improvement in 40km TT riders from taking paracetamol. That is a two minute improvement in a 40km TT. Sounds a little far fetched for just taking a pill.
None of the well performed research on Gimmickcranks has shown any improvement in cycling specific fitness so even 2-4% would be stretching the truth. Claiming 40% just shows how low Frank will sink.
So what magnitude of performance improvement are you claiming Noel. Or maybe Jacques was just the best in his day. Someone has to be.