- Garmin’s Rally pedals are compatible with the three most popular cleat designs
- One set of pedals can be used across different cleat platforms
- The pedals are available in single and dual-sensing options
In a month where it seems that every major manufacturer is launching a new set of power pedals, Garmin has revealed its Rally series of power meters.
The six model range encompasses the three most popular cleat options used on road, gravel and mountain bikes; Shimano SPD-SL road, Look Keo road and Shimano SPD for gravel and technical off-road riding.
All three cleat options are available in dual-sided or single-sided power measurement, hence the six models. The single-sensing models use the forces detected on the left pedal to measure cadence and power and can easily be upgraded to the dual-sensing system at a later stage.
Designed with sensors housed in the pedals, the Rally pedals produce power, cadence and left/right balance data, signalling consistent performance insights within 1% accuracy.
For riders who really like data
With the dual-sensing models, cyclists can monitor right and left leg data metrics independently. Measuring cadence, total power, left-right balance and advanced cycling dynamics, the dual-sensing pedals show cyclists how and where they are producing power. This helps them understand their specific strengths and weaknesses, which can assist in shaping better overall pedalling form.
The Garmin Rally pedals are also able to track time spent seated versus standing. Riders can gauge position effectiveness too, and where power is applied in relation to the pedal, ensuring proper cleat position.
Pedal based power meters have become extremely popular as riders can use the same pedals and thus the same power meter on different bikes, but Garmin takes this one step further.
Those who regularly ride different disciplines, utilising different cleat systems, will only need one Rally power meter, as the pedal housing can be swapped using a conversion kit, which is essentially a different pedal body.
The conversion is said to only take around five minutes and although I do believe the versatility is a neat feature, I can’t imagine riders doing this every week. A big positive is that the pedal body could be replaced, should it be damaged in a crash or during a rock strike, when mountain biking.
Tough enough for any terrain
Garmin’s first attempt at power meter incorporated pedals, the Vector range, was not without issues, but the company claims that the Rally pedals have been rigorously tested to offer cyclists a superior pedal design and the most reliable power meter on the market. This testing is said to have included 200 000km of riding over 110 000 hours by 125 test riders.
Power the Rally pedals are coin sized CR3/1N batteries, which are not rechargeable, although Garmin claims 120 hours of battery life before you require new ones.
Garmin’s Rally power meter pedals will pair seamlessly with the brand’s own Edge range of devices and its Garmin Connect App, which can be used to monitor and analyse data. The Rally pedals are also compatible with popular indoor training platforms, including the Tacx Training app, Zwift, TrainerRoad and more, using Ant + or Bluetooth connectivity.