Pioneer’s Groundbreaking Power Meter System Helps Cyclists Produce More Power

  Pioneer’s Groundbreaking Power Meter System Helps Cyclists Produce More
  Power

 Pioneer’s Expertise in GPS Navigation, Data Measurement and Error Correction
      Technologies Applied to Development of New Crank-based Power Meter

Business Wire

LONG BEACH, Calif. -- February 18, 2014

Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc., a preeminent manufacturer of high-performance
audio, video, computer and professional DJ equipment for the home, car and
business markets, today unveiled all-new dual-leg power meter crank sets and
SGX-CA500 Cycle-Computer designed for serious enthusiasts determined to
elevate their cycling performance to the next level. The robust power meter is
the first system to achieve on-bike, real-time, left and right pedaling power
measurements and analysis that enable users to develop a better and more
efficient pedaling technique for increased power output and improved riding
performance.

Pioneer Cycle Sports Power Meter Crank Set and SGX-CA500 Cycle-Computer
(Photo: Business Wire)

Pioneer Cycle Sports Power Meter Crank Set and SGX-CA500 Cycle-Computer
(Photo: Business Wire)

Within each left and right pedal stroke, the system independently precisely
measures torque, force location, and force angle at 12 different points of the
rotation. The exclusive Force Vector display featured in the SGX-CA500
Cycle-Computer graphically communicates each leg’s power output, pedaling
efficiency, power loss, torque and force angle. The highly detailed and
comprehensive performance analysis gives riders more knowledge of their riding
techniques and can be used for routine ride sessions, training and coaching
purposes.

For further analysis of the rider’s performance parameters, Pioneer’s free
online service, Cyclo-Sphere, presents more than 200 data points that are
illustrated in detail utilizing a variety of graphs, charts and maps.

“Passionate riders know that ‘power is king’ and in order to reach the next
level in performance, power and efficiency must be increased,” said David
Bales, manager of new business for Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. “Our
engineers, who are avid riders themselves, set out to take power measurement
well beyond today’s norm. Output analysis of both legs and understanding where
and how power is applied will help riders elevate their game.”

Pioneer Dual-Leg Power Meter Crank Sets

As a leading manufacturer of advanced consumer electronic products, Pioneer
developed proprietary technology incorporated into the power meter that
accurately analyzes the pedaling stroke using six independent sensors (three
located on each side of the crank). At every 30 degrees of each rotation, the
robust design captures a variety of torque data that is continuously
transmitted via a special Ant+™ stream.

The Pioneer power meter will be offered as complete crank sets with both
Shimano^® Dura-Ace^® 9000 and Ultegra^® 6800 cranks available in more than 38
different configurations varying in assorted crank arm lengths and chain ring
set-ups. Adding only 66 grams of weight to the original Shimano cranks, the
Pioneer system will be one of the lightest crank-based meters and the only
dual-leg power meter on the market.

Additional features:

  *Wireless transmitter
  *Operating time: up to 120 hours (two CR2032 batteries included)

       *User replaceable batteries

  *IPX6 & IPX7 water resistance certified
  *Resistant to oil and environmental conditions
  *Patch / Arm type magnet included (installation required)
  *Ant+ compatible (total power, independent left and right power)
  *Weight: 66g (including L & R sensors)
  *Accuracy: +/- 2%

Pioneer SGX-CA500 Cycle-Computer

Designed to be extremely light and compact, the new SGX-CA500 Cycle-Computer
is the ideal interface used with the Pioneer Power Meter crank sets. The
lightweight display utilizes a 1.87-inch black and white LCD touch screen to
provide a window of data including Pioneer’s exclusive left and right force
vector information. The robust computer can access and display left and right
power output, pedaling stroke efficiency, power loss, force vector analysis,
torque, cadence, heart rate, GPS positioning, speed, distance, elevation
gain/loss, barometric pressure, ambient temperature, and more.

The display interface is highly customizable and features six programmable
screens, six bike profiles, and 4-gigabytes of memory for ride event storage.
Up to nine data points can be seen on the same window for instantaneous and
continuous performance feedback. Tested to withstand the harshest riding
environments, the SGX-CA500 is IPX 6 and 7 certified for moist and wet
conditions.

For convenience, the SGX-CA500 features Wi-Fi that can automatically upload
collected data for after-ride analysis. The system (when connected to a home
network) can be automated to wirelessly transfer the information to Pioneer’s
Cyclo-Sphere online service.

Additional features:

  *Mono LCD (160 x 128) pixel resolution
  *Weight: 75 grams
  *Built-in GPS for tracking and positioning
  *Barometer and thermometer
  *Rechargeable built-in Li-ion battery (up to 12 hours operating time)
  *ANT+ module to pair it with industry standard ANT+ sensors
  *Cadence/speed capable / heart rate monitor (component sold separately)
  *Bar Mount cradle
  *Optional TT Bar Mount available
  *Micro USB cable for power charging and data transfer
  *Wi-Fi compatibility

Cyclo-Sphere Online Cloud Service

Pioneer’s Cyclo-Sphere lets riders transfer and share more than 200
performance metrics collected by the system via a single USB or Wi-Fi
connection to a computer. The free online cloud service provides history
management and route viewing (by date, map or ride list). With Pioneer’s
expertise in global positioning technology, the service enables interactive
analysis (eight GPS ride-points connected cross tabs) from a single screen
with the ability to log ride sessions and track histories.

The Pioneer Power Meter will be available as a complete crank set with a
suggested retail price of $1850 for the Dura-Ace 9000 and $1550 for the
Ultegra 6800 configuration. The SGX-CA500 Cycle-Computer will be available
with a suggested retail price of $300. All models will be available in
mid-March.

Crank           Chain Ring   Arm Length in millimeters
Dura-Ace 9000   50 x 34      165, 167.5, 170, 172.5, 175, 177.5
               52 x 36      170, 172.5, 175
               53 x 39      165, 167.5, 170, 172.5, 175, 177.5
               52 x 38      170, 172.5, 175
Ultegra 6800    50 x 34      165, 170, 172.5, 175
               52 x 36      165, 170, 172.5, 175
               53 x 39      165, 170, 172.5, 175

For more information on the Pioneer system, visit www.powerisking.com.

Join Pioneer’s cycle-sports page on Facebook at
facebook.com/PioneerCycleSportsUSA for the latest news and updates.

Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. is headquartered in Long Beach, Calif., and its
U.S. Web address is www.pioneerelectronics.com. Its parent company, Pioneer
Corporation, is a preeminent manufacturer of high-performance audio, video and
computer equipment for the home, car and business markets.

PIONEER is a registered trademark of Pioneer Corporation.

ANT+ is a trademark of ANT Wireless, a division of Dynastream Innovations Inc.

Shimano, Dura-Ace and Ultegra are registered trademarks of Shimano Inc.

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Contact:

Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc.
Jaed Arzadon, 310-952-2451 or jaed.arzadon@pioneer-usa.com
Katherine Harbeston, 310-952-2388, katherine.harbeston@pioneer-usa.com
or
Cara Smith, 310-496-4454, cara@allisonpr.com
 
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