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      Boardman Elite Power Upgrade - Half Price Power Meter

      How to get the FSA Powermeter for half price, £299.00, when purchasing any Elite bike from boardmanbikes.com: 

      1. Browse – Research and find the right Boardman Elite bike for you on www.boardmanbikes.com

      Our Boardman Elite Bike range includes: 

      Elite Road - Click here to view the Boardman Elite Road bikes including the AIR, SLR Endurance, SLR Endurance Disc, SLR Titanium and the SLR Race range. 

      Elite Triathlon / TT - Click here to view the Boardman Elite Triathlon and TT bikes including the TTE and ATT platform range. 

      Elite Women`s - Click here to view the Boardman Elite Women`s bikes including the AIR, ATT, SLR Endurance and SLR Endurance Disc range. 

      Elite CXR - Click here to view the Boardman Elite CXR range 

      2. Buy – Call our customer service on 03330 062 931 (Mon - Fri 09.00 - 17.00) to place your Elite bike order and tell them that you want the FSA Powermeter added to your order for half price, £299.00*. 

      3. Ride – Once the order is placed, your bike will be built by the Boardman Mechanics and delivered to your door with the FSA Powermeter fitted to the bike within 14 days. When the bike has been delivered to you, all you need to do is put your pedals on and ride.

      Always Free Delivery, UK Assembly, UK Support, 0% Finance Available and 365 Days Return. 

      Why Powermeter

      It’s fair to assume that if you are looking at one of our Aero bikes, you’re interested in riding faster, and if you want to increase your speed on the bike then a power meter is the most accurate way to gauge your training. Power never lies – it’s an objective measure of how much effort you are putting in. The basic premise of training is to overload the body so that it adapts to the strain and comes back stronger, and by knowing exactly how much stress the body is under on every ride, you can get the best bang for your buck with each training effort.

      With a power meter on your bike you’ll know exactly how many Watts you are producing. Combined with the aerodynamics of our Aero bikes, you will pedal fewer Watts to force your bike through the air. Our extensive aerodynamic research has minimised the air resistance generated by our bikes, and combining this with accurate training is a sure fire way to improve your speed.

      The FSA PowerBox is a precise power meter which measures the power output from both of your legs, accounting for any differences in leg strength. An auto-zero feature allows for any changes in temperature during a ride ensuring accurate measurement throughout. ANT+ transmission means the PowerBox is compatible with the majority of bike computers. With a stiff 30mm axle and specially shaped alloy chainrings for perfect shifting, the FSA PowerBox Alloy is an outstanding upgrade to your bike, and it’s yours for half price if you purchase it along with one of our Aero bikes.

      For more information on the FSA PowerBox, check out FSA’s website here


      *Half price claim relates to the FSA’s RRP of £599.95 as an aftermarket purchase. This product is only available to buy as an upgrade to a new Boardman Elite bike purchased by calling our customer service team.

      Terms and conditions: This promotion is only available on Boardman Elite bikes purchased direct from Boardman Bikes. This promotion is not available in any Halfords, Cycle Republic, Boardman Click & Collect store, retail outlet or website. This promotion cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer, Click&Collect, any Cycle to Work Scheme or Boardman Bikes Factory Outlet. Boardman Bikes reserve the right to amend these terms and conditions at any time and without prior notice.

      FSA Powerbox Alloy Features 

      •Spider-based power sensors provide total power output measuremt

      •Cold forged AL6061/T6 aluminum crank arms

      •BB386EVO 30mm AL 7050 alloy spindle fits every frame

      •AL7075 100% CNC chainrings

      •Fits Shimano and SRAM 10-11 speed systems


      Road.CC Review FSA Powerbox Alloy Chainset

      Overall Score: 4.5/5

      Verdict: Accurate and reliable power meter at a very competitive price.

      FSA has jumped into the power meter market by partnering with German company Power2Max to produce a crank-based power meter. Coming in at £599.95, the PowerBox Alloy Chainset is very attractively priced and is backed up by consistent and reliable performance.

      The two companies have worked together in the past, but since the launch of its WE groupset FSA has stepped up its offering in the hugely competitive power meter market. PowerBox is available in two versions, either based on a Gossamer aluminium crankset, as tested here, or a K-Force carbon fibre option for £1,199.95. The prices include the aluminium chainrings, with a choice of ratios available.

      FSA is using Power2Max's Type-S power meter, not its latest offering, but it's a power meter that has been proven in professional races over the years with several WorldTour teams, so you know it is built to last and accurate enough for the pros.

      In Detail 

      It's powered by a CR2450 coin-style battery hidden under a large rubber cover on the spider. Battery life is claimed to be good for 400 hours or 12,000km – I've not run close to that yet.

      The battery is easy to replace: just flip that rubber cover, pop the battery out and replace it, and you're good to go. Any concerns it might not be adequately protected from the elements proved unfounded during testing in torrential rain and under the hosepipe when washing the bike down after mucky rides.

      The crankset is made with 6061 aluminium, 7075 aluminium CNC-machined chainrings and a BB386EVO 30mm axle. The BB386EVO 30mm axle could potentially limit compatibility in some instances, but there are suitable bottom brackets and adapters available to provide installation for most bike frames. The aluminium version is available with 170, 172.5 and 175mm crank lengths, the carbon version increases the range, from 165 to 180mm.

      In Use 

      I've been testing the new PowerBox for the last couple of months, a period of time that has allowed me to put the power meter through its paces in all sorts of conditions and long enough to uncover any hidden gremlins. I can report that there have been no issues at all, in fact performance has been flawless. I'm very impressed.

      The PowerBox has delivered consistent power measurement at all times. The claimed +/-2% accuracy precision appears on the money during comparative testing with other power meters (a Wahoo Kickr and PowerTap P1 pedals) with no random spikes or anomalies to report.

      It has worked consistently through large temperature fluctuations, the power meter compensating for any changes and preventing any drift in accuracy. Connectivity has been just fine via the ANT+ wireless protocol – Bluetooth Smart is going to be added as an update later this year, which increases the range of compatible devices.

      Installation was a cinch. The cranks and chainrings are supplied preassembled so it's simply a case of removing the old crankset and sliding the PowerBox into place. Within a few minutes, it was paired with my Garmin Edge and ready to ride.

      Okay, so it's not quite as easy as fitting one of the growing number of single-sided or pedal-based power meters, and swapping between bikes is obviously a drawback of a crank-based power meter, but if you only want or need power measuring on one bike, it's not a problem.

      There's never a need to calibrate; the PowerBox has an Auto Zero function so you don't have to manually zero offset it before a ride, and it does this every time you stop pedalling for three seconds. The power meter goes to sleep when not in use and wakes up within a couple of pedal revolutions. You can also change the chainrings without affecting the calibration. An integrated accelerometer provides cadence data so no attaching magnets needed.

      FSA makes excellent chainrings and they presented no issues on the SRAM Red-equipped bike I used for testing the PowerBox. The 7075 aluminium chainrings, compatible with 10 and 11-speed Shimano and SRAM groupsets and 10-speed Campagnolo, provided excellent shift quality – smooth and precise at all times. As well as the compact 50/34t tested here, FSA offers 53/39 and 52/36 options, using the same 110mm BCD (bolt circle diameter).

      Any issues? None whatsoever. Performance was superb. Being critical, the PowerBox in this aluminium guise is no featherweight: the driveside crank is 669g. The carbon PowerBox drops that weight down to 585g but it's nearly double the price, so unless you're a weight weenie I'd stick with the alloy version.

      But when it comes to price, the PowerBox has its rivals licked. An SRM is going to set you back £1,800, Pioneer's Dual Leg power meter is £1,100 and the Verve Infocrank is £1,149. The Quarq DZero 11R comes close at £693 but that doesn't include chainrings. So £600 for the power meter and chainrings represents a good buy. And a bit of shopping around reveals it can be had for less.

      All things considered, the FSA PowerBox is a highly impressive power meter, and the price, performance and reliability make it extremely easy to recommend.

      Verdict 

      Accurate and reliable power meter at a very competitive price.

      Review by Road.cc, David Arthur June 4 2017