Garmin Vector: Out of the Box

By: Brandon Feb 5

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Yesterday we received our test pair of Garmin Vector pedals. We've been eyeing the progress of Metrigear for what seems like a decade. The pedals have gone through multiple progressions, changed brands, even changed platforms.

After who-knows-how-many delays, the pedals are finally out and ready for public consumption. But, are they right for you? Of course that's a question we each need to answer for ourselves, but I can share some brief, and somewhat obvious input. If you plan to use a power measuring device on your cyclocross bike, this one isn't the right one for you. The Vector pedals are easy enough to swap from bike to bike, but you will need to calibrate them after a swap, and have a torque wrench available to install them.

On the flip side, let's say you're a one-road-bike kind of rider. You have training wheels and racing wheels. You want left/right balance measurement. Maybe the Vector setup is for you.

At $1700 it's not the cheapest power option out there. But keep in mind, your budget for pedals is in there, and a good set of Keo Blades will run you nearly $300 alone.

Out of the box, the pedals aren't as sexy as the Blades they are replacing from my Gaulzetti, but at least I get to keep my cleats installed. My set ran 348g for everything (pedals, pods, washers), which is 2g less than claimed, pretty darn accurate.

Installation was pretty simple and straightforward led with good directions. Of note: you'll need a 15mm crowfoot adapter, which isn't included, to properly torque the pedals. I highly recommend getting one, Grainger has them in stock, because without proper torque applied to the pedals your power readings will suffer.

Once installed I was surprised how unobtrusive the pods were visually. I have become accustomed to seeing batteries on cranksets, I assume these pods will be much the same with time. Another point to note: my Garmin 810 needed a firmware update to properly calibrate the pedals. Without doing so, I wasn't able to set pod angles. If you're planning to grab a set of Vector pedals, use the Garmin Web Updater in advance to just be prepared.

Over the coming months I'll be testing the pedals on the trainer and out on the road. I'll keep an eye on consistencies between the Vector pedals and a Quarq, but I'll leave drilling deep into the data to someone like DC Rainmaker. What I'll be looking for are consistent numbers, quality, durability, drift, and data drops. I want to feel confident when riding with only one power meter I can know I am getting reliable and consistent readings, or what's the point?

Feel free to CONTACT US if you have anything to add. We love to hear from our readers, in this case especially if you've used the pedals. What have you found?

Follow along, we have high hopes for Garmin's Vector pedals.....

 

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