News: Announcing Zone
At last we can pull the curtain back a bit and show you some details of the Brim Brothers Zone power meter. We’re really pleased with the design and how it all goes together, and we hope you’ll think it’s just as cool as we do.
A pair of Zone pods on a pair of shoes. They are fixed to the straps or cords on the shoes. Nothing goes on your bike (not even a magnet).
Just put them on your shoes, and ride! Zone uses the ANT+ wireless standard to send power and cadence, so it will work with many different bike computers from various manufacturers.
There are two parts: the removable pod, and the base. The pod is removed for charging and for upgrading firmware. The base remains on your shoe, with a tiny cable down to the force sensors inside your cleat.
The pod slides into the base and clicks into place to keep it safe and secure whatever you throw at it.
The Zone force sensors go inside the cleat without adding any height, so the stack height stays the same. For the Speedplay Zero a special base plate has a space for the Zone sensors.
Walking won’t damage it, or cause any unwanted effects. The system knows when you’re cycling and when you’re not.
It’s completely waterproof. There are no connectors or holes of any kind so it’s sealed against water and dust.
And it adds only 18 grams per shoe. That means a pair of Zones (one on each shoe) are still a lot less than the weight of most modern bike computers.
There’s loads more cool stuff we’d like to show you, but we’ll keep those for another day. Stuff like how you interact with it without computer buttons and menus, how calibration is really simple compared to existing power meters, and how Zone works out a bunch of things for itself to make life simpler for you.
And just in case you’re wondering, the answer to The Big Question is that the planned launch date is still sometime in 2012. We’re going as fast as we can, but we still have a lot of careful testing to work through.