Great purchase for anyone looking to upgrade their data collection. These really helped me on hills and being able to more accurately dial in my efforts. You will need a pedal wrench to install if you do not have one already. No issues connecting to my Garmin Edge 1000 and Garmin Connect. These will help you see where your left and right legs are in terms of equal power output, and even where on the rotation each leg is peaking it's power! I keep finding new stuff every time I use them. Worth every penny!
Very accurate readings. Easy to use and switch among bicycles. Works well with the Garmin phone app and has a wealthh of data regarding pedalling dynamics if you buy both a left and right power measurement pedal. A great way to improve your pedalling.
I've been using my Vector 3 pedals for about a month. The training data is awesome and helps me hone in on my weaknesses.
After my first ride in wet conditions, the right pedal dropped out, it's easy to pull the battery and slightly pull the inside contact up so it makes a better connection. Power is the best way to train and track your performance improvement. Conditions and equipment can vary so much so power just makes more sense.
The ease of installation and ability to move pedals between bikes is very convenient.
No issues at all with these power pedals. Work as expected and love having the data. Highly recommended for those looking to take your cycling more seriously. Would be 5/5 but they are really pricey so subtracting one star for that.
Combined with the Garmin 1030, these provide a lot of useful information. They install like any other pedal - super easy. So it's pretty simple to move between bikes if necessary. I've had them for a month or so, and so far, I'm pretty impressed.
Easy to install mechanically (and slightly less so) electronically. Feels good to ride. Provides accurate, useful data. Platform offset data looks questionable, but not particularly relevant to me.
After 6 weeks my computer said my batteries were low. I switched them and couldn't get them to work
I called Garmin a d they did replace them
I still had to pay shipping both ways.
The Vectors are my first experience with power measurement. I have about 25 hours on them with only one dropout experience that I cannot determine if Vectors or unit was the source. I have changed the batteries once (520 notified me that they were low). Overall very good so far.
Right when you get them Garmin suggests taking the battery housing apart to check the tourq on the axle nut. For the price of the pedal you shouldn't have to do this. I won't buy them again.
Much has been said regarding this product, all very accurate, so I will try to add new information that I hadnt found before the purchase. The left pedal is the master and the right pairs to the left. The batteries that came with the pedals needed replacement immediately. After new batteries, software updates, constant resetting of the pedals (remove the batteries for a few seconds), there are still problems keeping the power meters connected. The latest fix from Garmin is new battery covers with larger contacts, which customer service will send you for free. Since replacing these, Ive had zero issues and enjoyed a great product that works well with the garmin head unit, giving me more than enough data to analyze. Another very minor detail is that the screws and metal plates that mount the cleats (the ones they come with) onto your shoe are slightly different sizes than the standard. So if you need to replace one screwplate (ie you lose one on a ride), save yourself the hassle and just buy a set of replacement cleats.
Summary Purchase the pedals, start with fresh replacement batteries, update the software, replace the battery covers. Enjoy the ride!
These pedals would not function right out of the box. After an hour on the phone with Garmin support the only solution was to return them. 5 stars for Western Bikeworks for the no-hassle return.
Bought it in February, used it over 300 miles all road biking. Not one single ride when it worked. Works for 3-4 min initially then drops out, then my Garmin 1030 searching for it for 4-5 min, then works for 2min then drops out again. Then gives an error of right power meter is missing.
These are my first power meter pedals and use of a power meter outside of a spin class. So far it has been a bit of a learning curve. Pluses are less bulky and lighter than the competition, syncs seamlessly with the 820 head unit, great customization of data screens, prompts calibration automatically, swappable between bikes. Minuses dont know about accuracy, cant Bluetooth connect to more than one device ie. head unit and training softwareVirtual routes for indoor training, had one ride where one pedal didnt read at all, then it kicked in- never figured out what happened, and lastly is expensive when Ive lived without one and still would rather just be riding and listening to my body. In summary, data is more novel than useful until FTP and training goals established. Still working on base miles for early spring.
I love these pedals. They are super easy to install. The pedal platform is very stable and feels stiff and secure like a good Look or SPD-SL pedal. Cleat wear has been good so far. The weather seals are a little tight when you first get them, but this is actually a good thing if you ride in the rain. Power numbers has been comparable to my Quarq, so I'm happy.
I moved from Shimano Dura-ace SPD-SL pedals to these Garmin Vector 3's and was pleasantly surprised that the Garmin's feel just as solid as the Shimano pedals did. The difference obviously is that I can now read power via the pedals. Overall, the Garmin cleats work well and install basically the same as my old SPD-SLs.
If I had one negative to say about the pedals so far, it is that the seals on the bearings are a little tight, so the pedals don't spin as freely as my previous Shimano pedals. which means sometimes they are in a weird position when you clip in. I'm assuming these seals will loosen up after a few more months of training.
I bought a ton of batteries (They are cheap) in anticipation that I would need to change these out fairly often, but I'm up to 30 hours or so of riding and no need to change so far.
Overall, very happy with the Garmin pedals and they are super easy to install and move from bike to bike. That's going to be a big help for me later in the season when I move the pedals from my road bike to my time trial bike and back.
These pedals are great. The data available far outweighs that available from the Quarq it replaced. Measuring arch length, peak power, force offset in addition to power enabled me to be proactive about injury prevention.
The pedals took way longer to setup. Kept failing and then after finally going to the basics i ordered new batteries. Once installed it was as quick as it said it would be...almost instantaneous. Wish i had my hour back of troubleshooting.
Other than the battery they have performed exactly as i needed. A great buy and the cost is high i fail to have any buyers remorse.
Overall I am very satisfied with these pedals. I have been using them consistently for about two months, and haven't had any of the connectivity issues that others complained about in the past. This issue must have been resolved at the manufacturing level.
They are noticeably heavier than the Look Keo Max's I had on previously, but I will happily sacrifice a few grams for the ability to swap a power meter between bikes with ease!
I got these pedals when they were on sale at $xx. I believe Garmin is making these with the updated battery covers that was causing previous issues. The pedals have worked 100% of the time with no issues. The only thing to point out on my side is that the Wahoo Bolt doesn't seem to be able to calibrate them easily. I have never been able to calibrate them thru the Element Bolt. Overall they are great. The Look cleats were no real difference from my Shimano cleats.