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Stages Cycling Shimano XT M8100/8120 Single Leg Power Meter
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Stages Cycling
Shimano XT M8100/8120 Single Leg Power Meter

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Power Isn't Just For Roadies

The Stages Cycling Shimano XT M8100/8120 Single Leg Power Meter measures power and cadence extremely accurately and easily integrates into Shimano XT cranksets.

Stages Power meters are ridden by world and national champions in every discipline of cycling. From weekend warriors to mountain bike Olympians, Stages power meters are for ridden by the best athletes in the world.

The Shimano XT M8100/8120 Single Leg Power Meter uses active temperature compensation as standard equipment. Consistency of measurement is the most important feature of a power meter. Stages Power was the first meter to make temperature compensation an automatic process ensuring accurate readings no matter the environmental conditions.

This power meter also uses individual meter calibration for the most accurate results. Stages power meters are calibrated individually to ensure a plus/minus 1.5% accuracy level. Individual calibration means that you can trust the data produced by Stage's system.

This Shimano XT Stages Power Meter is only compatible with Shimano XT M8100/8120/8130 Cranksets.


  • Plus/minus 1.5 % accuracy in all conditions
  • Active temperature compensation
  • Accelerometer based cadence measurement
  • Wirelessly upgradable firmware
  • LED indicator displays battery level at startup (with no need to connect to an app) and confirms successful zero reset
  • Updated accelerometer and addition of gyroscope for improved cadence resolution
  • Upgraded BLE and ANT+ radios offer a 6X improvement of data transmission strength
  • Power meter housing: low profile design, with robust door interface
  • Only adds 15g of weight to the base crank arm
  • Battery Life: 200+ hours (coin cell: CR2032) when used as a single-sided meter
  • Power range (Watts): 0 to 5000
  • Cadence range (rpm): 10-220
  • Water resistance rating: IPX7

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Battery Life: 200 plus hours 


Cadence range (rpm): 10-220 


Power Range: 0 to 5000 Watts


Water resistance rating: IPX7 


Device Compatibility: ANT Plus, Bluetooth Smart Ready 


Software Compatibility: Stages Link, Training Peaks, Strava, Garmin Training Center and others 


Mfg PartNum: M81L-E 

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by Greg D
Tijeras, NM

Works well and appears to give numbers that are reasonably close to what I expect. Probably one of the cheaper options on the market.

But this design may be too dainty for MTB use. On my second ride I smacked the unit hard enough to dislodge the cap. A while later I found the battery had fallen out. Stages sent me a couple of replacement caps. It sounded like this was a fairly common occurrence.

Yes, the strain gauge is mounted on the inside of the crank arm. Rock must have smacked it pretty good.

Tried Rally pedals - heavy and sloppy but true dual sided power and dynamics is interesting, and helped to resolve a pedalling issue. Actually, the data showed I had an issue and after some time with a bike fitter the data showed the issue was gone. Save $1k and simply go see a fitter.

Currently running an Easton cinch bb power meter on my gravel bike. Clean install with nothing hanging out to get hit but may not be ideal for non-desert climates. Don't know how well the cap will keep water out if one needed to ford a stream.

Tried a spider based power meter too but seemed kind of silly to put a spider on a cinch mount and then bolt on a chainring to the spider.

Reviewed 12/20/2021
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