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Pedal power.

The Garmin Vector 2 Power Meter Pedals build on their older sibling, the Vector Pedals, to bring you powerful tracking capability in an easy to set up format that you can cycle between your different machines. With the Vector 2, Garmin got rid of the old washers found on the Vector pedal pods and opted for a system that clamps over the pedal spindle. The Vector 2s also feature a new pedal pod flashing LED system to let you know when the unit is paired, notify of pairing issues, and determine if the battery is low.

The Vector 2 still measures power with pods at both pedal spindles where power transfers from the pedal into the crank arm. The sensors monitor tiny changes in the pedal spindle curve as force is applied to the pedals and transfers the data via ANT+ technology to the head unit. With data from both pedals, the Vector 2s can provide data on left/right balance as well as dynamics that include where you generate power in each pedal stroke, where force is applied on the pedal, and how much time you spend in and out of the saddle while riding. This allows you to fine tune your pedal stroke and address any imbalances for a potentially smoother, more powerful ride.

The big difference between this pedal-mounted system and crankset-mounted power meters is ease of installation and the ability to quickly transfer it between bicycles. While crankset systems often require extensive set-up and some time away with the shop mechanics, this pedal system can be installed in a few minutes and is easily swapped over to another road bike, just like moving non-power meter pedals. Now you can get data on all your bikes with just one power meter system.

The pedal itself comprises a lightweight composite body with a stainless steel wear plate to extend the life of the pedals and provide a wide platform for the cleat to reduce the potential for uncomfortable pressure points. The adjustable tension binding also lets riders customize how hard or easy it is to twist the cleat out of the pedal and is compatible with Garmin Vector and Look Keo three-bolt cleats.

The whole system runs on a standard 2032 coin cell battery in the pedal pod for a claimed 175 hours of ride time per battery, which is easily replaceable with a quick trip to your local grocery store and a twist of the battery cap. The pedal pods fit crank arms 12mm to 15mm thick and up to 44mm wide or 15mm to 18mm thick and up to 44mm wide. Garmin Vector cleats with six degrees of knee-saving float are also included.

  • Composite body with stainless steel wear plate
  • Adjustable tension binding
  • Delivered with Garmin Vector 3-bolt cleats with 6 degree float
  • Runs on a 175-hour 2032 coin cell battery
  • Fit crank arms 12mm to 15mm thick and up to 44mm wide, or 15mm to 18mm thick and up to 44mm wide
  • ANT+

Tech Specs

[body] composite, [spindle, wear plate] stainless steel
Vector (included), Look Keo compatible
Spindle Diameter:
[standard] 12 - 15mm, [large] 15 - 18mm
Claimed Weight:
[pedal] 156 g, [pedal pod] 23 g, [cleats and hardware] 38 g
Recommended Use:
Manufacturer Warranty:
1 year

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Unanswered Question

Do these Garmin Vector 2 pedals connect to a Garmin 510 edge? Or is there a better power meter (less expensive) option out there...?

Avg. ride time: 4m per week
  • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

Reliability Issues

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I purchased these pedals and had no difficulty installing them according to the manufacturer's instruction manual. The manual was easy to follow, all parts were included in the package including the Allen Key and the Crow's Foot adapter. I provided the torque wrench and installed according to specifications.

Data synchronization went flawlessly and the included ANT+ USB adapter allowed me to update to the latest firmware via Garmin software without issue.

My first ride transmitted a wealth of information via cycling dynamics and I was able to make the most use of the average power, maximum power, maximum 20 minute power, normalized power and FTP values. The other information from Cycling Dynamics was interesting and it was nice to verify my power phase angles, peak power phase angles, platform center offset, pedal smoothness, torque effectiveness, and left to right balances were all nominal and consistent from ride to ride. After the first few rides this wealth of data became less useful and I found myself focused on current power and %FTP while training and the power averages and peaks post-ride.

However, after less than two months and around 300 miles of riding, the right pedal would drop out on rides, causing all power data to fail to transmit to me Edge 520 head unit. At home, the pedals would not sync and the right pedal would not transmit. Swapping pedal pods from one side to the other resulted in the same issue, indicating that the fault was in the pedal itself and not in the pods out the head unit.

Disconnecting the battery for 24 hours seemed to resolve the issue, but halfway through my next ride, the same issue occurred and I was unable to resolve the issue. Both pods function, but only the left pedal functioned on or off of the bike.
(I eliminated shim thickness as an issue by trying to sync the pedals with the pods attached while not on the bike; again, only the left pedal functioned.)

Unfortunately, based on the above issues, I cannot recommend this product until the reliability issues are solved.

Anyone can comment on it's durability? Usually after a full season my pedals are beat and dinged.

The outer pedals themselves are replaceable and I don't think are any more expensive than your standard mid-level Look KEO pedal. The actual sensitive and expensive electronics are nicely protected inside the pedal spindle.

That being said I have no more or fewer issues with the pedals getting dinged than I had with my Shimano pedals, but after almost 2 season riding ~3000 miles a year I see nothing but cosmetic issues.

Avg. ride time: 9h 5m per week
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Software still buggy

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I am heading into a full year of riding with these and while they are 5 start product when working correctly they require a lot more messing with than the power meters that many of friends have.

With every firmware update things get better and I 100% believe that Garmin is doing there best to improve the product, but issues still persist after many updates. Also having update the firmware once every couple of months is annoying, although the update to allow you to do this via your Garmin head unit instead of needing your laptop is helpful.

An issue with loosing data from one pedal and having the system report data from a single pedal took 6 months and many updates to resolve. I understand that this kind of software can be hard (software is my day job) but I think this is good example of how not great the software is. In my opinion the software is not going to be bug free any time soon.

The easy swapping selling point of a pedal based product is also a bit oversold in my opinion. The v2 pods are better, but the fact that different cranks sometime require different pods may leave you without a power meter if you are on an unfamiliar bike.

I am yet to find a real use for all the extra data cycling dynamics provides, but maybe other would. This is the only very compelling part of the product.

In short I think you can do better for your money with another power meter.

Avg. ride time: 4h per week
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Good but somewhat unreliable

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Its a great powermeter when it works, but after many many miles on it can say it often gives issues, clearly a somewhat glitchy product. Frequently needs restarting, need to reinstall firmware, recalibrate, etc. Otherwise, all too frequently gives power read outs that are clearly off or no signal at all. Would be a 5-star product if it was just more consistent.

Has clear advantage of being able to easily swap it between bikes and works on most cranksets. Also has a myriad of (useful) cycling dynamics data comparable only to the Pioneer unit (in my mind the new gold standard). However, given reliability issues would not recommend it for a race-day bike.

Easy and convenient

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've put about 2,000 miles on these now and have found them reliable and easy to use. The only issues I've had were a few instances when my Garmin 510 head unit stopped picking up my pedals and HRM, but, of course, that was the head unit, not the pedals. They are generally self-consistent in that I have not noticed any unusual or unexpected readings. Probably the best feature is the ease of use and installation. The initial process, at least with a Garmin head unit, is pretty painless (helpful if you can throw your bike on a trainer) and removing and re-installing the pedals is no problem at all. I bought a $35 torque wrench and ordered an adapter for it for a few bucks more and that's pretty much all the specialized tools you need. Easy enough that you could swap these between bikes if, say, you had a TT bike and a road bike. I'm sure I under-use the analysis platform Garmin offers, but if you wanted to really geek out, you could do so.

Still buggy

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have owned these pedals since the first came out so that would be about two months. I never owned the first Vector pedals but I hear they had their issues. Well once again Garmin has released a product that they have not fully worked out the bugs. For me, it is losing the signal to my Garmin 1000. The only way to get it back is to remove each battery and reset the entire system. The last time this occurred was a few weeks ago and it took two tries to get it to register. One time it happened in the middle of ride in the middle of a hard interval.
As usual, Garmin customer service is BAD!!! It took several calls to deal with another issue I had with the PCO measurement and it was still not resolved. I got moved up the chain and then after a month of occasional e-mails from the so called experts I was told there was no issue.
When the pedals work they work great and when they don't they fail miserably. Do not expect much help from Garmin. Shame on you Garmin for once again releasing a product without working out all of the bugs. I dealt with the same issues with my Garmin 1000 which finally worked correctly after a ton of software updates.