I have a Giant TCR Advanced Pro 0 Disc 2021 which came with the Giant PowerPro power meter built into the cranks.
I've seen people posting things like, "Don't take too much notice of the L/R power balance" which I figure is because they are typically not that accurate.
But mine seem awfully consistent in telling me that my right leg is doing exactly 60% of the work on average.
I've tried updating the firmware, tightening the two crank screws super evenly in small steps to the recommended torque setting and calibrating, after which the readings are exactly the same, 60% on the right leg.
Is this normal or should I be looking at whether my pedalling really is that unbalanced?
Some additions, I went for a ride this morning and followed some advice from answers below.
- Yes it's a two part power meter, one in the middle of the crank arm and one on the drive side spider.
- I put the bike outside for 10 minutes before the ride then calibrated using the Giant app. First half of the ride I averaged 40-60 L-R.
- At the turn I stopped and tried to calibrate using the Garmin 1050 plus. It said it was happy with the result but I'm pretty sure it did nothing. Power balance unchanged.
- After another 10km I stopped again, turned off the Garmin, fired up the Giant app and calibrated again. Suddenly I'm averaging somewhere between 48-52 and 49-51 for the rest of the ride. Also, when applying 300W or more, the left power goes up to 52 to 54%. When I drop under 125W it goes down to 46 to 48%.
So my conclusions:
- Calibration is tricky. Mostly it seems to get it wrong. Now that I have what seems to be a usable calibration I hesitate to change anything until the temperature goes up again next Summer.
- I think that the left power meter may be reading higher than the right under higher load. But I suspect that my left leg is also being lazy under reduced load. The current calibration seems to balance those out a bit. I'm not going to bother doing anything more, unless I happen to find a group with a rider of the right stature (and preferably left handed) to check their power balance on my bike.