Frequently Asked Questions
We at iQsquare are able to manufacture the power meter at such an affordable price because of the following reasons:
1. The main reason current power meters are so expensive is because of the use of conventional strain gauges. Every power meter that comes out of production is different and needs extensive calibration and complex software for compensation. The iQsquare power meter is equipped with a thin film strain gauge, which is directly deposited on the titanium adapter and is molecularly bonded to the surface. This is a highly accurate and fully automated process which results in absolutely identical power meters during production.
2. Every current power meter replaces a part of the bicycle, whether it is a pedal, crank arm, crank set, spider or hub. The customer needs to buy a part he or she already owns.
3. Because of the attractive price, the power meter is affordable for every cyclist. This substantially increases production quantities, lowering the price of purchased components and justifying the use of fully automated production techniques.Last updated:
Let us first explain what the Q factor means. The Q factor is the horizontal distance between the two crank arms on your bicycle.
The iQsquare Power Meter enlarges the Q factor with 16mm per side.
The next question arises: what is your ideal Q factor? The ideal Q factor is anatomically determined by the distance between your hip joints. Unless you've had an extensive bike fitting including Q factor adjustment, you are probably riding with a Q factor that is either too small or too wide.
The majority of people does not notice the difference in Q factor between, for example, a road bike (146mm ~ 171mm) and a mountain bike (163mm ~ 196mm).
Although iQsquare sells road and mountain bike pedals with a shorter spindle for compensation of the increased Q factor, iQsquare recommends trying out the power meter with your own pedals first. Chances are that you do not even notice the difference, just like us.Last updated:
Technically, yes, you can do this. However, if you order a one-sided power meter, you automatically receive a spacer for the other side to even out the Q factor. This increases by 16mm per side. If you order the L + R set, you do not receive a spacer. If you then mount the L power meter on one bike and R power meter on the other, you will not have a symmetrical spacing of the pedals.
We recommend using the L + R power meter on one bike. We made the process of swapping extremely easy, which you can find as a video in our prototype gallery.Last updated:
After thoroughly examining all possible locations on the bicycle, the place between the pedal and the crank arm is the most versatile and producible for the lowest price. This combination gives every cyclist the opportunity to use a power meter on every bike he or she owns.Last updated:
A single-sided power meter measures the power produced by one leg and multiplies the measurement by two. This is a good solution for your budget, however it is very common to have a difference in produced power between the left and right leg, which lies in the range of 5 - 20%, resulting in a large measurement error. This measurement fault is not so important when comparing your own results, but comparing power data with other riders can be misleading.
Therefore, it is recommended to use a double-sided power meter for a precise measurement.Last updated:
The iQsquare power meter is designed to swap between bikes very easily.
The procedure to switch between bikes is as follows:
Assume bike A currently holds the power meter and bike B is the bike you wish to swap to.
1. Loosen the power meter screw on bike A and take off the power meter + pedal combination.
2. Make sure a heli coil is correctly installed using the heli coil install tool inside the crank arm of bike B.
3. Place the power meter + pedal combination on bike B.
4. Fasten the power meter screw on bike B.
5. If the crank length of bike A and bike B are different: open the iQsquare configuration app and choose 'switch bikes'. Then choose 'bike B' and the configuration of the iQsquare power meter is changed to bike B.
6. Happy riding.Last updated:
The crank length is measured between the midpoint of the crank axle and the midpoint of the pedal spindle.
In most cases the crank length is also printed on the crank arm.
Common crank lengths range between 160 and 177,5mm.Last updated:
When installing the iQsquare power meter for the first time on your bike, the iQsquare configuration app helps setting up your power meter step by step.
The only thing the app asks you to do during install is:
1. Choose between the 'left-only', the 'right-only' or the 'both sides' power meter setup.
2. Name your bike
3. Fill in your bike crank length
4. Install the iQsquare power meter between your pedal and crank
5. Hit the 'pair' buttonLast updated:
The iQsquare power meter transmits the following data to your bike computer or smartphone:
- Total power
- Left/Right balance (when using left and right power meter)
- Torque effectiveness
- Pedal smoothness
- CadenceLast updated:
First wake up the iQsquare power meter by turning the crank arm at least a half a revolution.
Check if the iQsquare power meter is awake by checking the green blinking LED.
Consult the user manual of your bike computer or cycling app for the steps needed to pair the power meter to your bike computer or smartphone.Last updated:
The iQsquare power meter is equipped with an easy accessible battery compartment and a battery cap with a zigzag profile edge.
For opening the battery compartment, turn the battery cap counter clockwise by hand until the battery cap is separated from the power meter.
Replace the empty battery by a new 3V CR2032 Lithium coin cell.
When the battery is placed inside the battery compartment, the positive side must be visible on top.
Close the battery compartment by turning the battery cap clockwise until you feel the lock engaging.Last updated:
The status LEDs of the iQsquare Power Meter give you the following information:
Left and right power meter paired
Yes, if you buy a left-only or right-only power meter, you will also receive a spacer for the other side, so the distance between the pedals are evenly divided.Last updated:
The rider's weight limit for the iQsquare power meter is 110kg.Last updated:
The iQsquare power meter is constructed to withstand the forces that are being generated during a mountain bike ride.
Because a power meter is a precision measuring device, a rider's weight limit of 110kg is applied and damage caused by abusive use is out of warranty.Last updated:
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