Of all the things you expect to see at Pioneer's CES booth, a bicycle probably isn't high on the list. Still, Pioneer's new Cycling Sports brand attracted plenty of attention with a live demo showing off the new Cyclocomputer and Pedaling Monitor. (Follow CES 2014 live, and get the latest CES news here.)
The Cyclocomputer and Pedaling Monitor work together with Pioneer's Web dashboard, the Cyclo-Sphere, to provide cycling enthusiasts with a complete system of metrics and analysis.
The system as a whole is noteworthy, but the Pedaling Monitor in particular caught my attention: Pioneer is the first to achieve on-bike, real-time pedaling-power measurements for both legs using 12 different points spaced out on a single 360-degree pedaling stroke.
What does that mean? Essentially, this means that the devices can measure metrics throughout an entire pedal stroke--it knows how much force you exert continuously as you pedal, and not just at the beginning of a pedal stroke.
Both the Cyclocomputer and the Cyclo-Sphere transmit information on a special ANT+ stream to help users track power output, pedaling stroke efficiency, power loss, force vector, torque, and 195 other kinds of data. That's right, the Cyclocomputer tracks a total of 199 different metrics--heart rate, cadence, speed, distance, GPS positioning, elevation gain or loss, ambient temperature, and (obviously) much, much more.
However, it doesn't come cheap: The Cyclocomputer will set you back $900 (I think I may have actually gasped when they told me the price), while the Pedaling Monitor retails for a whopping $1600 meaning the total price of the hardware is enough to purchase a (crappy) used car.
It is truly an enthusiast product. And the incredibly detailed metrics both on the Cyclocomputer and within the Cyclo-Sphere dashboard definitely make these high-performance products that provide enough data to make a team of scientists happy--and hopefully more than a few cyclists.