Our time with Stages has been somewhat up and down but thanks to good customer service and the inherent simplicity of the design we’d still recommend this crank-based power meter.
A couple of rides after the ‘100 miles later’ review, Stages stopped sending data. A change of battery revealed that water had got through the battery cover and killed the electronics — it seems we weren’t the only people to have had this problem, due to a faulty seal.
Unlike other power meters, swapping the faulty part is super quick so we were back on the road in a couple of days, and so far have had no further problems.
The system transmits the data to your head unit relatively quickly compared to some of the opposition, so rapid changes of pace can be monitored successfully, and while the numbers are slightly different from other power devices they are close to what would be expected.
Stages has proved to be a brilliant system, very cost effective and applicable to nearly every rider and level of ability — perhaps all abilities now that Sky are using them — with the only limiting factor being the need to have an alloy crank.