I’ve recently made the move from Stages power meters (on two bikes) to Favero Assioma Duos, and am so glad I did. I’m 100% happy with the Assiomas - especially the positive way they interact with TR’s PowerMatch (something I felt the Stages always struggled with). Here’s my review of the Assiomas I posted on the website of the retailer I bought them from:
The Assiomas are a seriously good product. I mean, seriously good. They’re superbly engineered, solid, reliable, accurate and consistent. I’ve moved from Stages (Dura Ace L on one bike, Ultegra LR on another), and the Assiomas are without doubt far superior in every respect.
I use TrainerRoad paired with my Cycleops Hammer for my indoor workouts, and have never been really satisfied with the way the Stages interacted with the TR app – especially their PowerMatch function. I always had the feeling that I was forever chasing the prescribed power targets, with PowerMatch constantly lagging, rising and falling in its adjustments. It always felt as if there was insufficient resistance coming from the Hammer due to the constantly off-putting fluctuations. (One good thing about all that was that it made me work on developing a smooth and efficient pedalling technique.) I’ve experienced quite a few issues as well with activating, pairing, calibrating and updating the Stages’ firmware – especially using the Stages app. I’ve also lost the battery cover (and battery) while out on a ride, and experienced water ingress and loss of power readings during rainfalls. It was time for a change.
The consistently good reviews, together with the relatively low price, persuaded me to go for the Assiomas. I’ve not been disappointed. Fitting, activating, pairing, and calibrating them is the very essence of simplicity. I switch them between bikes regularly (different crank arm lengths on both bikes) and have never had a problem with getting everything set up. So easy, so quick, so reliable. The Assiomas can be fitted, configured (for different crank arm lengths) and calibrated in no time at all using either a Garmin (I use a 520 and/or an 820) or the Favero app. A couple of minutes, job done.
On the turbo, using TrainerRoad, they’ve been an absolute revelation. From the very start, the Assiomas have interacted superbly with TrainerRoad’s PowerMatch, and have transformed my indoor workouts. There’s no lag or perceptible changes as the app controls the turbo’s resistance. The Hammer now has a truly solid, consistent and realistic feel to it – much more like riding outdoors.
Out on the road, and the Assiomas provide good, accurate, consistent data. They feel so good under foot as well. I’ve had to make the move from Shimano pedals/cleats to Look cleats in order to use the Assiomas. This was my only (minor) reservation about buying them. I’ve always used Shimano SPDs and have never had any cause for trying any other sort. However, I was immediately struck by how good the Assiomas felt while riding. They have a really good, solid feel to them, and you can really feel all your efforts driving through the pedals and powering you along. Clipping in and out is easy. I’d read quite a few user reviews that expressed how hard it was to unclip – even with the tension adjuster fully backed off. However, it transpires that Favero have taken these concerns on board and have introduced a lower tensioned spring. Apparently, earlier versions had silver springs (higher tension), while the newer versions have lower tension black springs. Mine have the new black springs.
Charging the Assiomas is, as you would expect, ridiculously easy to do, thanks to the magnetic chargers that connect to the pods first time every time, no dramas, no fuss.
I’m so pleased with the Assiomas. Favero have produced a brilliant product at an excellent price. I love everything about them, they’re so good. Thank you Favero. Other companies take note: this is how it’s done.
I can’t recommend the Assiomas enough. So reliable, and quick and easy to swap between bikes. An excellent product.