Garmin Vector 2 versus 3 pedal power meters compared. Specifications of the power meters together with current best prices. Find the best pedal power meter for you.
Garmin Vector 2 Pedal Power Meter
The second generation of the Garmin Vector pedal power meter introduced dual sided or single sided data recording. The biggest change from the first generation power meter was the different power pod. You could now remove the pods without removing the pedals. Both Garmin Vector 1 & 2 were powered by flat CR32 cell style batteries.
The Garmin Vector 2 improved accuracy and quality of metrics. They were subject to less dropouts than the Garmin Vector 1’s and battery life improved slightly. One issue with the Vector 2’s was that because pods were thicker, they didn’t quite sit as flush with the cranks as the V1’s. This can lead to the electrical clip that fastened in behind the pedal itself to be broken during intensive cycling.
The Vector 2 is no longer available to buy new but there are plenty around on the second hand market.
Garmin Vector 2 Pedals Specifications
Garmin Vector 2 Full Review
Garmin Vector 3 Pedal Power Meter
The third generation of the Garmin Vector pedal power meter. The biggest difference you will notice is that there are no power pods, instead Garmin have managed to house the batteries and all the functionality inside the pedal body.
The Garmin Vector 3 power meter pedals are accurate, easy to use and pair rapidly with Zwift, Garmin watches and Garmin bike computers. Calibration is straight forward and requires minimal effort.
A further benefit of the Garmin Vector 3 is the ease of switching them between bikes. This means you can use them both on the TT bike that’s on the turbo one day and the next whilst you commute to work or go for ride out on the road bike. They can be swapped over and re-calibrated within a couple of minutes.
Garmin Vector 3 Pedals Specifications
Garmin Vector 3 Full Review
Best price for the Garmin Vector 3 power meter pedals
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