Power meters are used by users who do serious riding on road bikes and MTBs. This section summarizes the advantages and disadvantages of using a power meter, and whether a power meter is necessary for beginners.
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The XOSS line of cyclocomputers
The basic model of the XOSS GPS cyclocomputer. It measures speed, distance, and other data using only the built-in GPS. All data is acquired by the sensor in the cyclocomputer itself, so it is a simple model that can be used as a cyclocomputer without a sensor on the road bike.
Since the only data that can be acquired is location information from GPS and data from the barometer, it is ideal as an introductory cycling controller, but it lacks some functions for users who also want to measure cadence and heart rate.
Although it has built-in Bluetooth, it can only be used for pairing with a smartphone and cannot be linked to a Bluetooth sensor.
This model adds an ANT+ sensor to the base model, XOSS G. In addition to the distance and barometric data that can be acquired with the base model XOSS G, the XOSS G+ can acquire cadence and heart rate data by linking to an external sensor through the addition of an ANT+ sensor.
Note that although the XOSS G+ is an ANT+ compatible cycling controller, it cannot be linked to power meters or electric shifters such as Shimano Di2. Also, Bluetooth is only used in conjunction with a smartphone, so it cannot be used with external Bluetooth-type sensors.
The XOSS SPRINT is a higher-end model with a 2.7-inch LCD display, navigation functions, and power meter integration. This model was originally launched on Kickstarter, a crowdfunding site, and became a hot topic in Japan when the actual selling price was about 10,000 yen for a while.
Unfortunately, it has now become a cyclocomputer that is rarely distributed, and there is almost no inventory on the market. Until a while ago, it was only sold on the official XOSS website overseas, but that too has been sold out.
Comparison of specifications and functions for each model
Next, let’s compare the specifications and functions of XOSS cyclocomputers.
|Specs & Features||G||G+||SPRINT|
|Screen size||1.8 inches||1.8 inches||2.7 inches|
|Number of screen display items||3||5||9|
|Sensors||Four positioning satellites
|Four positioning satellites
|Four positioning satellites
|Linking with Power Meter||-||-||○|
Difference between XOSS G and XOSS G+
The only difference between the XOSS G and XOSS G+ is the ANT+ sensor function and the number of items displayed on the screen, but everything else is the same. The number of items displayed on the screen seems to have been increased to support cadence and heart rate.
|Specs & Features||G||G+|
|Number of screen display items||3||5|
However, the ANT+ sensor is quite important for riders who want to get some solid ride data, so if you think “I might want to get cadence and heart rate in the future? The ANT+ sensor is very important for riders who want to collect some solid ride data.
If you want to buy a full-fledged cyclocomputer after experiencing a cyclocomputer for a while, I recommend the XOSS G, which is much cheaper.
Difference between XOSS G+ and XOSS SPRINT
There is a big difference between XOSS G+ and XOSS SPRINT in terms of functions and specifications.
|Specs & Features||G+||SPRINT|
|Screen size||1.8 inches||2.7 inches|
|Number of screen display items||5||9|
|Linking with Power Meter||-||○|
In particular, the huge screen size and the accompanying expansion of display items is a big difference for riders who want to train while checking more detailed ride data.
In particular, the XOSS SPRINT’s navigation system supports simple maps, which is quite cost effective, since other companies’ cycling systems would have cost more than 30,000 yen for this model.