Quarq Elsa 10R Power Meter Quick Review

Monitor your training without the headache of complex electronics.

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Monitor your training without the headache of complex electronics.

Quarq Elsa 10R
$1,995, Quarq.com

Power meters are the most accurate and reliable way to measure the intensity of a training session on the bike, and Quarq’s Elsa 10R might be the easiest to use yet.

Measuring power at the crank means wheels can be swapped without losing data. Moving the unit between bikes is simple, and takes about five minutes with a little practice. ANT+ transmission ensures easy pairing with a computer head unit. The battery—a common model found at drugstores—can be quickly replaced. Despite all the extra widgets in the crank, it weighs 50 grams less than Quarq’s Sram Red version.

Most power meters come with a significant functional caveat, but Elsa 10R is nearly as hassle-free as a standard crankset. Although it costs less than SRM’s comparable systems, the price tag is significant at $1,995. But if you’re willing to splurge to improve cycling and brick running performance, you can’t go wrong with the Elsa 10R.

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