Cyclocross is commonly known as the ‘hour of power’. A competitor has a single hour, give or take a few minutes, to put forth a maximal effort. It only makes sense that a racer would want to use a power meter to understand how to perform in this 60min wattage contest.
Furthermore, this test is much more complicated than a sit-it-and-wait-for-a-climb or finishing sprint type road race. Rather it’s about balancing tactics, skill, and very specific crux efforts or intervals. The power data from a race can unlock secrets and offer epiphanies to cyclocross-ers who’ve never seen it.
Prior to the launch of Stages Power, there was no good option to capture power data in a cyclocross racer. Units were historically heavy, burdensome, and simply too expensive for racers with multiple bikes and quivers of wheels. Stages Power is incredibly light, at just 20g and integrates seamlessly to almost any cyclocross bike. On top of this, Stages Power’s downright affordable price allows racers to equip a fleet of race and training bikes for what a single competitor’s meter costs. And we should mention that Stages Cycling is the only manufacturer in the category to offer an extended no-fault protection plan — PMP — which encourages usage in the extreme conditions of cyclocross racing.
A love of the discipline of ‚cross and deep-rooted belief of elegant simplicity, bring Stages and Richard Sachs together. While the timeless utility of a Richard Sachs cyclocross frame is immediately apparent, one must dive deep into the design of the Stages Power meter to uncover a very similar elegance of design.
The Stages design distills its robust feature set into a package that respects the aesthetic of any bike it adorns; it’s active temperature compensation feature, weight and size all but make it invisible to the rider, while giving them the critical information they need to truly preform on race day.
Stages Cycling is excited and pleased to be aligned with the Richard Sachs brand for the 2013/14 cyclo-cross season and we’re ready to see what these East Coast ’crossers can do with our meters.