Object of Desire: SRM X-Power power meter pedals

Cyclingnews examines the SRM X-Power - the world's first off-road-specific power meter pedal designed for use across MTB, gravel and cyclo-cross

What is a hands on review?
SRM X-Power power meter pedals
(Image: © Aaron Borrill)

Early Verdict

Proven reliability clad in a smartly designed, robust package


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    Proven pedigree

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    Lightweight considering application

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    Intriguing aesthetics

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    Power meter accuracy

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    Zwift compatibility

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    Smartphone app

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    Dual-sided power


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When looking at the best power meters, SRM is considered a pioneer in the field with a rich history spanning over 30 years. As the demand for a dedicated off-road power meter increased, SRM unveiled the X-Power pedal concept at Eurobike in 2019, in a move that would come to mark the German power meter specialist's first attempt at capturing the off-road market - mountain biking and gravel riding more specifically. And while SRM has produced a power pedal before - the Look Exakt road pedals - these represented more of a collaborative effort than an original design. 

View the X-Power pedals at SRM

View the X-Power pedals at SRM

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Aaron Borrill

Aaron was the Tech Editor Cyclingnews between July 2019 and June 2022. He was born and raised in South Africa, where he completed his BA honours at the University of Cape Town before embarking on a career in journalism. Throughout this career, Aaron has spent almost two decades writing about bikes, cars, and anything else with wheels. Prior to joining the Cyclingnews team, his experience spanned a stint as Gear & Digital editor of Bicycling magazine, as well as a time at TopCar as Associate Editor. 

Now based in the UK's Surrey Hills, Aaron's life revolves around bikes. He's a competitive racer, Stravaholic, and Zwift enthusiast. He’s twice ridden the Cape Epic, completed the Haute Route Alps, and represented South Africa in the 2022 Zwift eSports World Championships.

Height: 175cm

Weight: 61.5kg

Rides: Cannondale SuperSlice Disc Di2 TT, Cannondale Supersix Evo Dura-Ace Rim, Cannondale Supersix Evo Ultegra Di2 Disc, Trek Procaliber 9.9 MTB 

What is a hands on review?

'Hands on reviews' are a journalist's first impressions of a piece of kit based on spending some time with it. It may be just a few moments, or a few hours. The important thing is we have been able to play with it ourselves and can give you some sense of what it's like to use, even if it's only an embryonic view.