Quarq Riken GXP - $1,595.00

Let's face it, the sport of cycling tends to be slow in its adoption to change. Whereas the powermeter used to be considered a luxury item for the most elite of pros (the types who sleep in altitude tents and wear space legs), it's now a prerequisite for anyone seeking success in the saddle. Training with power is the most effective way to make your efforts count, and at the forefront of this movement has been a little company in South Dakota called Quarq. If you were impressed by Quarq's Cinqo, Saturn, or S975 powermeters, you'll feel the same sense of excitement when you see the new Riken GXP. So, besides a $300 price difference, the question begs to be asked, how do the Quarq Riken and Elsa actually differ' Surprisingly, the answer is not much -- that is if you're not a habitual gram counter. In fact, the overall functionality of the two systems are nearly identical, only differing in the Riken's absence of the new Power Balance feature. However, where the two most noticeably part ways is at the crankarms themselves. Where the Elsa utilizes the newest SRAM Exogram Hollow carbon arms, the Riken relies on a more standardized RED pair of arms. Ultimately, though, this only amounts to around an 88 gram differential So, let's focus on the Riken. For Quarq's 'next wave of powermeters,' we see a complete redesign over the Cinqo, with an emphasis placed on three key issues -- weight, accuracy, and ease of use. And starting with weight, the Riken features SRAM's carbon crankarms found on the last iteration of SRAM RED. You'll also find SRAM's RED Powerglide chainrings from one model back. But, as the name implies, the cranks feature a hollow construction. However, what isn't inferred is that the hollow cross-section design extends all the way to the new spider, creating SRAM's stiffest and lightest crank ever. In fact, the complete system tips the scales around 823 grams. - $1,595.00