Favero Assioma Powermeter - the successor of the bePro
Favero Electronics launches the successor of the bePRO Powermeter. For trademark reasons, the manufacturer decided to change its name. The new Powermeter is available in a one-sided as well as a two-sided version and is called Favero Assioma. The one-sided version is called UNO, the two-sided version is called DUO. The Powermeter is also a pedal-based power measurement system. The new Assioma Powermeter has many new functions for you that simplify performance measurement in everyday life and in competitions.
The bePRO Powermeter is already well known and popular among athletes because of its robustness and measuring accuracy. However, the assembly was very cumbersome. The alignment by means of mounting stickers prevented the quick change between different wheels.
Therefore the Assioma Powermeter will convince you with its new functions and quality. The Assioma Powermeter is now a real Plu&Play Powermeter. Very fast and easy assembly.
Not much has changed in the design area of the Favero Assioma Powermeter, but in the technical area and in the assembly.
The first advantage of the Assioma Powermeter is that you no longer need any special tools or mounting stickers. All you have to do is screw the Assioma to the crank arm and you are "ready to go". The assembly can be compared to a normal pedal change. This makes the new Favero Assioma a powerful Plug&Play system. However, for the first assembly it is necessary to connect the power meter with the Favero App. That's why we make small prints here. Then the Powermeter can be changed from bike to bike within a minute and is a really exciting system for all hobby athletes who want to get performance measurement for several bikes for little money.
The Assioma has also installed status lights on the sensor, which give you information about charge and operating status. Favero has also increased the battery life for you. The bePRO Powermeter had a battery life of about 30 hours. That was too little for some top athletes, therefore Favero increased the battery life of the Assioma Powermeter to approx. 50 hours. The charging of the battery also changes. With the Assioma you no longer have a micro-USB connection. Now the Assioma has a new plug. This is very practical to handle. Via a magnetic connection, the plug will bring itself into position when you hold it close to the power meter. Previously it was relatively annoying to always remove the cover and connect the charger plug. In addition, some athletes had problems with losing the covers. The magnetic plug has another advantage. Since the plug and its contacts simply touch the contacts of the transmitting and measuring unit superficially, there is no potential place where water can deposit or penetrate.
Technical innovations - Favero Assioma vs bePro
Another new feature is the Bluetooth Smart connection. The Assioma Powermeter has the ANT+ and Bluetooth Smart Connection. So you have the possibility to connect the Powermeter with your bike computer, smartphone or sports watch. The ANT+ connection not only transmits the pure power but also the right-left balance, cadence, torque efficiency and pedal smoothness. With the Bluetooth Smart connection, you only get the balance and cadence displayed.
Favero also launches the app that's right for you. The app will be available for both IOS and Android. With the app you have the possibility to update the firmware via Bluetooth.
Another and for us and our customers decisive point for the purchase decision is the weight. The total weight per pedal with battery is about 149.5g. This is much lighter than a PowerTap P1 or Garmin Vector power meter. This makes the Assioma Powermeter currently the lightest pedal power meter on the market. You can operate the Assioma Powermeter between -10 °C and 60 °C. The Assioma also automatically compensates for temperature fluctuations. Favero indicates the maximum weight of the Assioma Powermeter at 125 kg. But you have to keep in mind that the weight is per pedal and therefore hardly a limiting factor.
Precision measurement with the Favero Assioma
The Favero Assioma measures in the range of 0-2000 Watt with an accuracy of ±1%. This is clearly a top power meter that does not have to fear any comparison. The two-sided version is also convincing with its left-right distribution.
The scope of delivery of the Favero Assioma is relatively generous. As with the Favero bePro, a comprehensive set of small parts is included. These include a set of pedal plates in red with 6° freedom of movement. In addition there is a charging cable (respectively two for the Favero Assioma Duo on both sides). On the other hand, the matching assembly tool, an 8mm hexagon socket wrench, is also used directly.
Just like the bePRO Powermeter, the Assioma Powermeter is available in a one-sided and two-sided measuring version. The one-sided power meter is called Assioma Uno and the two-sided Assioma Duo.
Experiences with the Favero Assioma
The long-term test shows the Favero Assioma to be a very reliable power meter. The measured values are not only accurate, but are also constantly transmitted to bike computers from all manufacturers.
In winter 2018/2019 we exposed the Favero Assioma to the Belgian weather. The system convinced us over several months. Also with temperatures around 0°C and weather in the form of rain and dirt the system gets along very well. The specified battery life of the Assioma Powermeter of 50 hours has also been achieved in practice.
You have to keep in mind that such performance is not self-evident at these temperatures.
Favero Assioma - App and Software Update
Favero offers the Assioma App for both IOS and Android systems. The app allows various settings to be made on the powermeter and is needed for the first setup, among other things. The pedals are connected and activated via Bluetooth. More about this in the general functions.
Over time Favero has added some features to the Assioma Powermeter via the app and software updates. These include Travel Mode and enhanced Bluetooth Smart compatibility.
General Features of the Favero Assioma App
With the Favero Assioma App you can install software updates on the Powermeter. So you always stay up to date, and possible sources of errors for system failures or the like can be eliminated. The crank length used in conjunction with the Assioma Powermeter can be adjusted. This is not necessarily necessary, but we consider this feature to be advisable in order to achieve the highest measurement accuracy both in terms of performance and cadence.
If necessary, a power correction can also be done via the app. This possibility should only be done in consultation with the manufacturer or on his recommendation, otherwise the problem will be made worse.
Another function of the Favero Assioma App is to connect a Favero Assioma Uno Powermeter with the corresponding upgrade kit to create a double-sided measuring system (Favero Assioma Duo). You can also read the battery level and the Ant+ ID in the Favero App.
Travel Mode at the Favero Assioma
With the latest software, you can put your power meter into sleep mode to travel. On the one hand, this prevents the battery from being discharged due to constant movements and thus activations of the device. On the other hand, the travel mode ensures that there are no unwanted complications between the power meter and signal systems at airports. To deactivate the travel mode, simply connect the power meter briefly to the charger.
An update about the Favero Assioma App now promises compatibility with more Bluetooth devices and different software. These include Suunto multisports watches, Swift and TrainerRoad. To do this, simply go to "Compatibility with other apps" under "Settings" and select "Unified Channel L". Then the data of both pedals are sent via the Bluetooth Smart Module of the left pedal.