Take Your Power Off Road with PRECISION PRO Powermeter for Mountain Bikes

September 21, 2016 (Cochrane, Alberta) – 4iiii Innovations is hitting the trail with PRECISION PRO, the world’s lightest dual-sided powermeter for mountain bikes. Refining the design of the Shimano FC-9000 Dura-Ace PRECISION PRO Powermeter, 4iiii is bringing the PRECISION PRO dual-sided powermeter to the XTR FC-M9000, FC-M9020 and the FC-M8000 cranksets.  

Our PRECISION PRO family has proven to be extremely robust and ready to take on the demanding off road environment,” says Billy Chan, PRECISION Product Manager.  “This dual power meter offering highlights the company’s vision that dependable, affordable powermeters should be accessible to everyone.” 

Ridden and trusted by professional road cyclists already, PRECISION PRO delivers exceptional accuracy and dependability under the most extreme conditions and terrain. PRECISION PRO has carried Etixx – Quick-Step Cycling Team to 50 World Tour victories this season. Having delivered in the harshest conditions on the World Tour, PRECISION PRO is now ready to hit the trails. 

At a total of 18g, the new PRECISION PRO Powermeter for mountain bikes has no peer in the cycling industry.   

PRECISION PRO for mountain bikes will be released in October starting at $749.99 USD for factory install and can be ordered online at www.4iiii.com

The PRECISION PRO powermeter can be seen and experienced at booth 18071 at Interbike in Las Vegas. 

 

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A Q&A with Karel Bergmann, Our Technical Adviser to Etixx-Quick-Step on his thoughts on the Vuelta

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You just got back from the Vuelta. What are your immediate thoughts after the race?

The Vuelta was a great race.  I think it was probably the most difficult grand tour of the season from a sporting perspective.  The Giro had a couple of epic stages through Val Gardena and Colle dell’Agnello, but the Vuelta just kept on delivering with epic finales.  From a GC perspective it was definitely the most riveting – it really came down to a battle in the final days.

From our perspective it went very well.  PRECISION performed very well for the riders, and Etixx – Quick-Step was definitely on their A-game.

It was a very successful Grand Tour for Etixx-Quick-Step – four stage wins and seventh overall for David de la Cruz. How was the team spirit after the race?

Team spirit was very high throughout the race, things started off on the right foot with stage wins from Gianni.  A day in red with David de la Cruz and then a great win for Gian Luca in Formigal kept spirits high.  The nature of the race made itself apparent towards the end.  You could tell that riders on all teams were getting really tired towards the end, and the stage ending in Formigal really highlighted the point.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen the groupetto come home nearly an hour after the lead group.

During the race David de la Cruz shared his data up the final climb of stage 10. You also shared your data up the same climb. There was a bit of a difference. Do you have a newfound respect from riders seeing this comparison?

I’ve been working with these guys for a while know, so I have tonnes of respect for what they’re capable of, but I wouldn’t exactly call it new-found.  I also had a sneaky suspicion that I might come in on the losing end of this race.

I think the truly impressive part of what we saw on the Aubisque was that I tailored my ride to give me a nice warm-up on the way to the base of the climb so that I could have a shot at an optimal performance.  For David it was the 4th climb of the day, 14 stages into a grand tour – now that’s impressive!

How do the riders use their power numbers during races? Do they have an idea before the stage what kind of numbers they want to put out?

For riders, the power meter is most important on long climbs and time trials where they need to be able to pace their efforts.  On the flats, the peloton dictates the pace.  As important as power meters have become in bike racing, you still need to hold the wheel in front yours, or it can be game over.

What would be your lasting memory from the Vuelta?

For me, it’s two things, the first was the great camaraderie within the Vuelta squad, and being able to experience it with guys that have become more than co-workers over the past season.  The personal attachments I’ve made over the season really took the experience to a new level.

The second was riding in Spain.  The terrain was amazing, but I think the Spanish drivers are the best I’ve experienced around cyclists.  They are courteous and friendly, and they share the road like nowhere else.

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A Q&A with Karel Bergmann, Our Technical Adviser to Etixx-Quick-Step

Karel at 2016 Tour de France

Karel Bergmann, is 4iiii’s technical adviser to Ettix-Quick-Step and will be heading over to Spain this month to work with the team during the Vuelta Espana. We asked him a few questions before he left.

How long have you been working with EQS?

I started working with EQS last November.  That’s when the team was having their major training camps in southern Spain.  The training camps are the best time to get some face time with the riders and mechanics, which is really important when introducing a new product.

What is it like working with professional riders?

It’s a real privilege to be able to work with some of the best riders in the world.  While power data is really important to all of them, they all handle the training and racing a little differently so building relationships and getting to know all of them is important to being able to support them as well as possible.

What’s it like travelling in Europe for races?

Traveling in Europe is really interesting because you get so see so many different places, but it can be stressful too.  During my work with EQS there has been a fair amount of unrest in Europe and this can make things a bit more challenging than usual.

It’s been very interesting to experience each of the major cycling nations and their different flavours.  One of the biggest surprises was my visit to Andorra during the Tour de France – it went from a place that I barely knew about to one of my favorite spots in Europe.  In my food/coffee/riding/scenery/people matrix it scores very highly in all regards.

What is your favourite race to work with the riders on?

Each race is a little different from a support perspective.  My favorites are the Belgian Classics and Grand Tours.  At most of the big classics, the route crosses over itself many times, so it gives me the opportunity to see the race in person throughout the day, and to see how things are progressing.

This isn’t the case at Grand Tours, where I might see the race at the start, and sometimes at the finish, but rarely in between.  On the flip side, during a Grand Tour I get to experience the surroundings a little bit more, and since it’s the same 9 riders throughout the race, I get to know the guys a little better.

What are you looking forward to at the Vuelta?

As a cycling fan, I’ve always loved the Vuelta’s steep summit finishes and being there will give me a chance to see the pros race up these climbs, and hopefully experience some of them for myself.  I’ve always enjoyed the food in Spain, so I’m looking forward to that too, though I’m sure my W/Kg will suffer as a result.

Why would a cyclist ride with a power meter?

Power meters are really the only method we have at our disposal to objectively measure a rider’s output.  That’s not say that it’s the only tool, but it is the best tool there is for monitoring one’s progression as a rider.  They also work very well for pacing during time trials and long climbs.  I think that any performance-driven cyclist can benefit from having a power meter on their bike.

4iiii PRECISION PRO Dual

Power Meter of Choice of Etixx – Quick-Step Now Available to Public

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July 22nd, 2016 (Cochrane, Alberta)  – 4iiii Innovations Inc., official partner and supplier of power measurement to Etixx – Quick-Step, announces that the PRECISION PRO dual-side power meter is now available. 

PRECISION PRO, the power meter being used by Etixx – Quick-Step at the Tour de France, is priced at $749.99 through 4iiii’s Factory Install program, including installation on customers Shimano DURA-ACE 9000 cranksets. As an option, 4iiii’s Ride Ready program, offers PRECISION PRO with purchase of a DURA-ACE 9000 crankset through the company. 

Koen Pelgrim, Head Trainer for Etixx – Quick-Step, comments that “4iiii’s PRECISION PRO power meter gives us valuable information about our riders’ shape and condition. It measures both legs independently, while only adding a few extra grams to the bike.” 

PRECISION PRO applies patent-pending 3D strain gauge technology to deliver industry-leading 99%+ power accuracy. Right and left power meters also provide cadence and communicate with each other to create a dynamic backup system increasing redundancy to ensure every ride is measured.

The sophisticated device simplifies connectivity and easy setup as it includes dual ANT+ and Bluetooth Smart wireless protocols for broad cycling computer and device compatibility. Over-the-air firmware upgrades using the 4iiii iOS and Android apps enable riders to stay ahead with 4iiiis latest upgrades and newest features. 

Karel Bergmann, PRECISION Product Manager and Technical Adviser to Etixx – Quick-Step explains that “PRECISION PRO and PRECISION have proven to be solid performers on tour with our  pro teams this year. 4iiii provides reliable accurate power feedback for all levels of athletes, on and off the road.”   

2016 Tour de France Stage 4 - Kittel wins stage in sprint

Etixx – Quick-Step Shines in the Tour de France

2016 Tour de France Stage 4 - Kittel celebrates stage win

2016 Tour de France Stage 4 – Kittel celebrates stage win

The Grand Tours are always exciting for us, and none more so than the Tour de France. With Precision power meters on the bikes of the Etixx – Quick-Step team this year, we’ve got even more reason to follow their progress closely.

Today was an especially good day as Marcel Kittel, Etixx – Quick-Step’s sprint king, proved he’s one of the fastest guys in the peloton by claiming stage four.

Kittel’s teammates controlled the peloton, spending many a kilometer at the head of proceedings. But it was over the last few hundred meters where Etixx – Quick-Step played it perfectly, hitting the front just as things began to get a little frantic.

Tour de Suisse points jersey winner Maximiliano Richeze was the last man for Marcel Kittel, who opened his sprint with 300 meters left and took centre road, charging towards the line.

Powering on the uphill drag, the 28-year-old held off all opponents for one of the smallest winning margins seen by the Tour de France in recent history. Smiles met the charismatic German at the conclusion of the race as he was embraced by his teammates.

In other news, Julian Alaphillipe continued Etixx’s recent winning streak in the Grand Tours, sporting the white jersey as the best young rider at the Tour. With Bob Jungels claiming the white jersey during the Giro d’Italia, it’s been a great season so far for the team’s young pedalers.

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PRECISION on Dura-Ace

PRECISION Firmware Upgrade 1.5.0 Now Available

 

Why upgrade?

Keeping PRECISION’s firmware current ensures that its data is as precise as possible. For example… a few users have reported power spikes at the bottom of a descent. This update will reduce the likelihood of this occurrence.

How to upgrade?

Same as previous upgrades:  With the latest 4iiii app, follow instructions in the PRECISION Configuration screen.

Follow our step-by-step guide under Firmware Upgrades at http://4iiii.com/support/software-and-documentation/

Need some help? Contact us at support@4iiii.com

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PRECISION Hero: Troy Delfs coaches by example

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Name: Troy Delfs
Hometown:  Bragg Creek, Alberta, Canada
Profession: Cycling Coach – Momentum Cycling
PRECISION user since: 2016 

To what cycling tribe do you belong?
I cross the tribal lines from Mountain to Road to Fat Biking to Track (in a previous life). My favourite cycling discipline is usually dependant on the bike that I am on at any given moment.

 

When and how did you get into serious biking?
In Edmonton, Alberta in 1993. I bought my first mountain bike and have never looked back since.

 

Why do you bike?
Cycling is one of those things that defines me. It is thrilling, punishing, fun and challenging all at the same time. It is the best way I know to connect me to nature, friends and even to myself.

 

What’s your current bike set up and technology?
Multiple bikes and setups but my Scott Spark and Scott Foil are equipped with 4iiiis PRECISION power meters and a Garmin Edge 520.

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When and why did you start thinking about adding a power meter to your set of tools?
I have wanted to have a power meter on my bike for the past 15+ years however it has always been too difficult to justify the cost. With 4iiii, I was able to outfit two of my bikes with PRECISION at a fraction of the cost I would have spent on other meters on the market.

 

How do you use power data?
As an athlete and as a coach, power data is critical for me to prescribe training zones and to do post ride/race analysis to determine how well my athletes are performing. Power data highlights both a riders’ strengths and weaknesses on certain terrains and in various conditions. This data is also critical to monitor an athlete’s overall progression between training cycles and can be used to determine if an athlete is in risk of overtraining.

 

How has riding with a power meter changed how you ride and your fitness level?
It’s always motivating to post high peak and average power meters during a ride or even just segments of rides (It’s great for KOM hunting on Strava). Watching your watts provides instant and accurate feedback to your effort loads vs heart rate which is slow to respond and can be affected by so many other variables.

 

What’s your favourite drill/workout involving power?
Sprinting and short hard climbs on my road or MTN bike. I love to see how high I can peak my power and for how long I can hold big numbers.  Looking at high Watts makes the anaerobic pain more bearable.

 

What do you know now that you wish you had known in the past about effective cycling training?
Training is all about balancing hard effort and quality rest. Make each work-out count by putting in good solid efforts (crank out those watts!) and balancing that with sufficient and timely rest and recovery.

 

Do you have a favourite ride?
So many great rides all around the world (Maui, Tuscany, Oregon) but I must say that there is no place like home. Bragg Creek, Alberta has world-class road and mountain biking and it’s all right in my back yard.

 

What is your next big riding challenge?
To do a multiple of Western Canadian road and mountain bike races including TransRockies Single Track 6 and the Alberta Provincial Road Race championships. For the athletes that I coach, I hope to help them attain their personal goals by training smart and preparing well for their multitude of events.