Is my bike compatible with a Stages Power Meter?
You’re ready to buy a power meter, awesome! There are lots of different options when it comes to power meters, but we are here to help and make sure you get the right power meter for your bike. To ensure your bike is compatible with a Stages Power Meter, we recommend checking these primary compatibility guidelines for your bike. Each of the following steps should guide you through the process of verifying that your bike is a good fit.
Chain Stay Brake
Crank Set Compatibility
Gravel and Mountain Bikes
Unsure of Crank Model?
We recommend checking frame clearance for all left-side, left/right, and eeWings MTB (right-side) power meters due to the large number of variations of bicycle frames, parts specifications, and ongoing model year changes that make it difficult to keep a running list. Checking the frame compatibility is simple and can be done with a 10mm allen wrench.
The diagram below provides the necessary “CLEARANCE ZONE” you should consider prior to making your crank purchase. As long as you have the necessary “clearance” between your crank arm and chain stay, and assuming you have existing compatible cranks, you should be able to utilize our solution with your crank set. This includes not just the chain stay of the bike, but also any chain stay mounted brake that sits in the space between the crank arm and the frame. For bikes with chain stay brakes, an alternate brake caliper may be required.
If you do note that your bike has a chain stay mounted brake that may interfere with the placement of the power meter on the left side, it may still be possible to use a left-side Stages Power meter. Please note the following info:
1. Brake model
2. Bike model and year
3. Crank model
Then contact us for a list of potential solutions by opening up a support ticket with Stages Cycling or Stages Cycling Europe. Alternately, the Stages Power right-side power meters may be used as single-sided power meters on bikes where a left-side power meter cannot be utilized.
Once you've checked the frame for clearance, the next step is to confirm compatibility with your existing crank set. In some instances, a left crank option is not available, so a complete crank set may be required. Check our list of models to find an equivalent model with your existing crank. Check the product descriptions to confirm compatibility with other models of cranks from the same manufacturer, as an exact match is not always needed. More information on cross-compatibility is also included below.
Power isn't just for roadies! If you're interested in adding a power meter to your gravel bike or mountain bike, follow the same frame clearance test mentioned above. We offer drive side Shimano options for bikes where clearance may be an issue, with more options coming in the future. Currently GRX is not available for gravel bikes as a drive side meter due to Shimano's design, but many riders convert Dura-Ace and Ultegra cranks to 1x with a chainring swap.
The Stages Carbon for 30mm and Mountain GXP models are compatible with a wide variety of cranksets from SRAM. To help clear up any confusion on your specific model, we have a few tips on determining if your SRAM mountain crankset is compatible.
Stages Carbon for 30mm power meters can be used with SRAM DUB mountain bike cranksets using a compatible spindle (spindle G).
SRAM Boost mountain bike cranksets follow the same compatibility rules as their non-boost equivalents. The only difference is on the drive side, so there's no difference in compatibility.
Eagle XX1 and X01
The SRAM Eagle crankset versions follow the same compatibility as their non-Eagle equivalents. For GXP, both versions of Eagle cranksets should be compatible with the Stages Carbon GXP power meter (as they do not make a narrow q-factor version for Eagle). For BB30, the same guidelines apply in selecting the correct spindle for your crankset - verify the size of your drive side spacer and select the corresponding spindle based on this.
Fat Bike Cranksets
Our Stages Carbon GXP power meter (as well as previous model X9 GXP) is compatible with SRAM GXP fat bike cranksets. We do not currently have a compatible spindle that will allow for compatibility with a BB30 fatbike crankset.
Narrow Q-factor Cranksets
We do not currently have an equivalent model to match up with the narrow q-factor versions of SRAM XX1 or X01. These cranksets are labeled on the side of the crank with the "156" q-factor. Though they will still bolt together with the equivalent left crank option, the crankset will be asymmetrical due to the mismatch in offset.
To help find your crank model, check the exterior of the crank for any printed brand and model information. The length of the crank is typically engraved or stamped into the back of each crank arm near the pedal spindle.