Our recommendations for best practice when installing and riding with a Stages Power meter
Preface: In developing the Stages Power meter we set out to build the easiest power meter to ride and live with, both from installation to daily use. Despite the engineered simplicity of the Stages Power meter, it is one of the most advanced data collection devices on the market today. Thus there are some key habits that should be formed when installing the meter and living with it. As part of this daily maintenance of your meter, we strongly recommend downloading our Stages Power App and using it to keep your Stages Power meter in top working condition.
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Overview: Each Stages Power meter is individually calibrated as part of its manufacture to ensure its accuracy when measuring your pedaling input. Because of this there are a few key steps and processes that must be followed to ensure the device operates as intended. Furthermore, we’re constantly trying to be better. The Stages Power meter is much like your mobile phone with regards to the improvements we can make to the firmware running the device an our ability to quickly push it from our servers to your power meter through our free mobile App.
Key areas of focus: Using a torque wrench to install the meter; Required manual zero reset after installation; Best practice with regards to zero resetting the meter once installed and in use; Updating your Stages Power meter firmware and the benefit of checking it regularly.
We calibrate the Stages Power meter at 12-14 Nm for Shimano cranks; 48-54 Nm for SRAM BB30 and GXP; 40 Nm for Cannondale; 45-55 Nm for FSA MegaExo; and 38-41 Nm for FSA BB30/BB386, thus it is important to install your Stages meter at or near these same torque values for best possible operation. We cannot recommend installing the Stages Power meter without a torque wrench. If this is you’re only option, please visit your local bicycle dealer.
Once you’ve installed your Stages Power meter it is required that you perform a manual zero reset of your meter. This tells the meter to ignore the stress introduced to the structure as a result of installing the meter.
Zero resetting is a simple process that can be performed through use of our mobile App or through your Garmin head unit.
To zero reset with the Stages Power App:
Turn on your phone or tablet’s Bluetooth radio > Open the Stages Power App > Rotate the Stages Power meter one full revolution to wake the meter > Open the Stages Power App > Connect to the Stages Power meter with the App > Orient the Stages Power meter in the 6o’clock position > Push the Zero Reset button
To zero reset your meter with a Garmin Device:
Please see our white paper associated with your specific Garmin head unit model for specific zero reset instructions.
Regardless of the means of zero resetting—through a Garmin or our App—you should see the return of a Zero Reset value of 890 +/- 50 counts. Note: this number will move depending on the torque from installation and the environmental temperature.
Best practice with regards to zero resetting the meter once installed and in use:
Unlike most meters on the market, which require constant and religious manual zero resetting, the Stages Power meter has an Automatic Temperature Compensation function, which allows it to Zero Reset itself when the on-board thermistor thermometer senses an environmental temperature change.
We do suggest a manual zero reset once per week or before any required training tests (FTP or otherwise). This is, simply, a good habit to have, and will ensure the most accurate and consistent data for your coach or records. Regardless of your personal preference, once the initial zeroing is performed, the frequency of additional zero resetting is up to the individual rider.
The Stages Power meter houses some heavy-duty technology on its PC board. Much of this technology comes from the rapidly evolving mobile phone industry, and as we gather more R&D data and further exploit the capabilities of the components of the Stages Power meter we find incremental ways to make it better. Some are simple bug fixes, and others add additional features and functionality (like High-Speed 64hrz data collection).
The long and the short: it is absolutely worth taking the time to check and update the firmware of your Stages Power meter once per month. If there is an upgrade, it’s like getting our latest and greatest product for free!
How to update your Stages Power meter:
Download the Stages Power mobile App> Make sure you have a WiFi connection or good 3G/4G service>Turn on your phone or tablet’s Bluetooth radio> Open the Stages Power App> Rotate the Stages Power meter one full revolution to wake the meter>Connect to the Stages Power meter with the App> At this point, the App will notify you if there is a new firmware package for you to download and install> Install new firmware>Close App and cycle Bluetooth radio>Open App and reconnect to your meter>Check out your new features!
A full log of firmware improvements can be found here:
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If you still have additional questions about setting up your new power meter, please feel free to open up a support ticket with Stages Cycling or Stages Cycling Europe to get help with your power meter and head unit.