The Garmin Factor

Garmin Vector: Measure Power Where it Matters
The accurate, reliable, simple to install and simple to use
pedal-based power meter from Garmin.
What is power? And why measure it?
A cyclist’s power is determined by their pedal force and
their pedal cadence:
If a rider puts more force through the pedals at
the same cadence, their power output
If a rider pedals at a faster cadence with the
same force through the pedals, their power
output increases.
So, power is directly related to cycling performance.
Simply put, the more power a rider can generate, the
greater their potential is for getting good results.
Power is an immediate and true measure of the
effort a rider is putting in. It is not affected by
environmental factors such as wind, gradient or heat,
and is comparable across days.
The Garmin Vector: How Does it Work?
Vector is a high-precision force meter, measuring the
forces that a cyclist applies to each pedal.
Vector’s patented system measures force vectors –
both the magnitude and the direction of force as the
cyclist pedals the bike.
Piezoresistive force sensors are permanently
installed in the spindle and individually calibrated at
the Garmin factory.
The system measures the microstrain on the spindle
throughout the pedal stroke, combines that with the
distance that the crank has traveled over a period of
time, and accurately calculates power (watts).
Why ride with Garmin Vector?
Easy to Buy
• Pedal-based = No impact on
crank, wheel or bottom bracket
choices or disassembly of
components to worry about.
• ANT+ = multiple head unit options
• Easy add-on sale to new bike
Easy to Install
• Works out of the box. No need for a
• Minimal incremental weight
• User replaceable batteries
Easy to Own
• Easily switch between bikes.
• Auto calibration + cadence
measured without additional
Reliable and Accurate.
• Sensors mounted inside the pedal
spindle for long life.
• Works consistently in broad range
of user environments.
More than Power
• Captures total power figure and
independent left / right leg data.
• Future: additional pedalling mechanics
/ effectiveness to be introduced over
The Garmin Factor
• Huge installed Garmin Edge
500 / 510 / 800 / 810 / 910 user
• Strong brand recognition and
launch platform with Team
Garmin association.
Why Vector? #1: Easy to Purchase
Unlike other direct measurement power meters on the
market today, a cyclist can “walk in and walk out” of
their local bike shop with a Vector in hand
No complex drivetrain, crankset, or wheel tradeoffs to
No “build to order” process to go through
See and feel before you buy -- Vector can be stocked
in bicycle shops
If you buy a new road bike that is not equipped with
pedals, this allows the purchaser to decide to include
power or not
Why Vector? #2: Easy to Install
No mechanic involved – you can do it yourself
Few cyclists are comfortable removing cranks, and
the mere thought of it takes many of them out the
power meter market as a potential customer
Vector is a pedal-based power meter, so no change
to any critical components (cranks, drivetrains,
No external sensors to install – Vector
accelerometers automatically measure and report
Nearly all cyclists are comfortable removing and
installing pedals, if not, then it is easily learned.
Why Vector? #3: Easy to Own
Easy to move between bikes
Don’t need to purchase multiple power meters for
multiple bikes or different types of events (e.g., training
vs. racing)
Easy to take with you when traveling – to cycling events,
when renting bikes, etc.
Lightest direct measurement power meter on the market
Communicates via ANT+, works with the broadest range
of cycling head units
Vector firmware can be updated by user as
enhancements are made
Automatically detects sensor orientation – don’t need to
fuss with the installation of the pedals or pedal pods to
align in a specific orientation with the crank arm
Why Vector? #4: Reliable and Accurate Power
Vector is a direct force method and measures power where
it matters – accurately, reliably, consistently.
Garmin and the Vector team have worked industry experts
to ensure the most relevant and advanced metrics and
Interval / Lap summary page (Edge 510 / 800 / 810):
Designed to improved power-based interval experience
Keeps a rolling list of intervals
Integration of the latest Training Peaks metrics:
NP (Normalized Power) – Indicates effort intensity, accounting for the
variability in an effort.
IF (Intensity Factor) – Quantifies intensity against rider ability. IF = NP /
FTP (Functional Threshold Power.)
TSS (Training Stress Score) - Quantifies overall training load, evaluating
IF and duration of effort.
NP, TSS, and IF are trademarked by Peaksware, LLC.
Why Vector? #5: More than Power
Vector measures power where it matters, so
is able to report more than total watts.
Most torque-based systems in the
crankset or hub can’t do this.
Balance - Left and right power.
Independently measures the cyclist’s
power in each leg.
Left / right balance can be measured over
varying periods:
Entire session
Smoothed (3, 10, 30 seconds)
Current or Last Lap
Why Vector? #5: More than Power
Garmin Connect graphically illustrates
Why Vector? #6: The Garmin Factor
Strong, trusted bike brand, with established + loyal
targeted audience:
Over 500,000 power compatible Garmin devices sold in
North America since 2009.
Edge 500 / 510 / 810 and Forerunner 910XT widely
recognised as market leading training aids
Garmin Connect
Established, loyal Garmin audience that have a proactive
relationship with Garmin.
Over 3.5 million users / 3 billion miles of activities /
300,000 activities uploaded every day.
Team Garmin Sharp
Title sponsorship of Pro Tour Cycling team.
Established, recognised and respected team will be using
Vector = strong product advocacy + awareness
The Garmin Vector: What’s Included?
The pack will consist of 2 pedals, 2 cleats, 2 pedal pods, an ANT+ USB stick
Pedals will be Garmin-branded and will be compatible with LOOK Kéo cleats.
The Garmin Vector: Garmin Device Compatibility
EDGE 705 + Forerunner 310XT
+ Basic total power display
EDGE 500 / Forerunner 910XT
Adds: + L / R Data Field %
EDGE 800 / 810 / 510 Series Add:
+ L / R Data Field %
+ Power-focused interval lap display.
(Auto pop up / key last lap data)
The Garmin Vector: High-Level Specifications
ANT+ compatible power meter, measures and reports
Pedal pods
Total power (watts)
Left/right power balance (%)
Cadence (rpm)
Transmits via the ANT+ protocol
Battery Life
• High durability thermoplastic with anti-slip rubber surface
• Rubber button to reduce free float action between shoe and
• 6 degrees of float (0 degree available as accessory)
• LOOK Kéo compatible*
175 hours
Vector system weight (approximate, per pedal)
Pedal pod:
Cleats + hardware:
Total per pedal:
152 grams
23 grams
38 grams
213 grams
Lightweight composite body
Stainless steal wearplate
CNC machined, hardened stainless steel spindle
LSL bushing and sealed cartridge bearings
Adjustable tension binding
LOOK Kéo compatible*
*LOOK and Kéo marks are the property of
LOOK Cycle International
ANT+ transmitters
User-replaceable battery (2032 coin cell)
Minimum of 175 hours of active cycling operation
Available Accessories/Replacement Parts
• Pedal bodies, including cartridge bearing
• Pedal pods
• Cleats (6 degree and 0 degree)
MRP: $1699 USD
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