As mentioned in my previous post on the information I found on the new Rotor Power Meter, it became official yesterday that the Bicycle Power Profile is upgraded to V3.0.
What is neat is that it maintains backwards compatibility. What is different is that it adds page 0x13(hex) that defines the metrics for torque efficiency and pedal smoothness. This new page is sent every 1.25 seconds though which is about 1.5 rotations at 90rpm.
So what is in the new 8 byte packet
- Event Count
- Left Torque Effectiveness
- Right Torque Effectiveness
- Left (or combined) Pedal Smoothness
- Right Pedal Smoothness
All metrics are given in 0-100% and you can be sure Vector will also implement this when it arrives.
My guess at using ratios was wrong so I'll have to fix my calculations:
TE = 100 x (Sum of all power both positive and negative)/Positive Power = 100 x(sum(p))/sum(p_pos)
PS = 100 x Pavg/Pmax
If you read the document you'll notice that if the Right Pedal Smoothness is set such that it's value is invalid the Left Pedal Smoothness value is a combined value. I kind of dissagree unless this is reserved for L/R meters only. I whipped up a new Excel example with 32 divisions per rotation. Left and Right Legs are similar but with a slight imbalance to the right. It's a combination of an exponential decay and a sine wave function.
Calculating the new metrics gives the following:
|Rotor / Vector / Keith V3 Prototype / Left - Right Measuring||TE L||53.0|
|Quarq, SRM, Power2Max||TE non L/R||100.0|
|PS non L/R||56.3|
For a L/R based power meter a head unit would display a torque efficiency of 57.4 average between both legs. On a crank spider based unit it would measure 100 percent torque efficiency because as one leg is dropping the other is rising and vice versa. This means the torque never does go negative.
Pedal smoothness, from graphs I've seen, will likely be in the 20 - 30% (Pioneer, but this is a guess). A Crank spider version would always be saying higher. However, there could be a better way to calculate pedal smoothness for a spider based version. By doing what Quarq is doing to fake L/R measure by comparing the 180 degree average's they could make a guess at the negative torque. However inferior the balance assumption is, this one would be even more difficult to swallow. I don't know which I would rather have: made up data, or if the data wasn't available.
This is the problem with people doing clever engineering. The people who spend time designing, executing, and reviewing the data might put faith in these new measures without realizing what engineering folk have done and therefore not realize that they might be guesses leading them down an incorrect road. They could be asking an athlete to balance their legs better when it's really a single leg performing better in a part of a stroke. It could be that the spider based DFM makers implement pedal smoothness as is and then anyone with the new L/R power meter looks to be way less "smooth" but actually has more accurate numbers.
Lots of difficulties in implementing this new data. I think I'm in the camp that would suggest Quarq stop faking L/R balance, and no non-L/R measuring meter should be able to use the new metrics. Coaches are relying on power meters. They need good data, not "Engineer Magic".
PS: Don't get me wrong, I love Engineer Magic - See Kalman Filter