Stages single-side power meter
PowerMatch has generally worked well for me, however last week I had a single workout where there were some issues and then poof the issue was gone. In past experience where it feels like the trainer is fighting with itself, sometimes the Kickr is at fault (optical sensor interference), sometimes Stages is at fault (dropouts), and sometimes Zwift is at fault (I stopped using Zwift to fix this one).
The feeling that TR’s PowerMatch is fighting with Kickr has only happened once. But it got me to thinking…
Putting TR in between Kickr and Stages might not be the best approach, and so I reviewed my options:
- continue using TR PowerMatch so that indoor and outdoor rides are both using Stages PM for power
- disable TR PowerMatch and deal with different indoor vs outdoor power meters
- configure Kickr to use Stages for controlling Erg mode, so that indoor and outdoor rides are both using Stages PM for power
Ran some experiments over last weekend and the results were inclusive. With power match disabled sometimes Stages was higher than Kickr and sometimes lower. And all three options above felt the same.
Regardless, I decided to remove TR from playing monkey in the middle and let Kickr use Stages for power measurement. In case someone wants to do the same, here is how:
- One-time configure of Kickr to use Stages for power data.
In the Wahoo Fitness app on your mobile phone, Toggle “Control w/ ANT+ Power Meter” to on, and then enter ANT+ Power Device ID (my Stages ANT+ ID is 31536).
- Verify you completed step 1 correctly:
In Wahoo Fitness app, start a workout with your Kickr selected as power source. Click the symbol in upper left of screenshot above, and verify you see the “Control w/ ANT+” icon - its the “lightning bolt inside two circulating arrows.” In this screenshot, the “Control w/ ANT+” icon is to the left of the hammer/wrench icon.
Disable PowerMatch. Probably not required, but to be sure I disabled TR’s PM:
(Optional) Configure TrainerRoad app to use Stages PM as Cadence only.
Stages PM is now my source of power and cadence both inside and outside. And now if there is ever a problem with this non-TR “power match” approach, then TR is not involved and its either an issue with Wahoo or Stages.