Garmin Rally XC200 Dual-Sensing Power Meter Pedals
A dual-sided pedal-based power meter for mountain, gravel or allroad cycling can deliver detailed, specific, accurate and reliable power measurement. To deliver data that triggers Garmin's advanced Cycling Dynamics metrics, you need a to measure power from each leg, and while some people may not need or want that level of detail, there are others who will embrace the benefits. The Garmin Rally XC200 series pedals are a great choice for accuracy and performance. For strong and durable aluminum mountain pedal/cleat bodies, Garmin is offering a single design, in either this dual power measurement XC200 version, or the single pedal measurement of the XC100 model. All other aspects and details are the same. Garmin previously offered the Vector series power meter pedal system, and the Rally-series are built from the development and hard-earned lessons from the Vector 3. The axle design of the Rally series, which carries the power measurement devices, communication gear and replaceable battery is a physical match for the final version of the Vector 3 design. It is true the Vector 3 had some issues, but these were related to the battery system. The final Vector 3 battery cap solution has been effective. There was never an issue with the accuracy of the Vector 3, so Garmin knew it had a proven measurement system. The battery itself, the battery port cover and seal, as well as the threaded receiver in the pedal body have all been fully updated in the Rally series.
One major selling point of the Rally is the fact that the axle system is universal to all Rally pedal bodies, both R and XC models, and is backwards compatible with the Vector 3. This allows the bodies to be interchangeable as all have the same bearing system as well. So if you have a Vector 3 and want to convert it a Garmin SPD mountain body, which is offered as an upgrade body set, or the complete pedalset, you can use your existing V3 axle to make the change. Or, if you normally use road pedals most of the year, and mountain pedals in the winter, as many cyclists do, you could change out the bodies and have all the same power measuring benefits year round. This modular system offers this benefit, and potentially other options down the road, if you will.
The Rally XC200 pedals install like any pedal and have wrench flats for a standard pedal wrench. There is a torque spec recommended (34Nm), which is bit more than most pedals recommend, but torque won't impact the power measurement. With the Rally 200 series pedals there are power meters in the spindles of both pedals. As these install like any other standard pedal, it is easy to swap your XC200's from bike to bike. You are then free to measure power and cadence via the various metrics and processing done via your head unit. In the dual meter set-up, the right pedal communicates with the left, and the left communicates with your computer head unit. Shimano SPD cleats in both SH51 and SH55 models are fully compatible with the Rally XC pedals, and the supplied Garmin version is the equivalent of the Shimano SH51.
As far as accuracy, the Rally XC200's have been tested at +/- 1%, which is the equal of the best power meters on the market. Garmin equips them with both ANT+ and Bluetooth communication so you have ease of set-up. Generally we recommend using ANT+ for stability and simplicity, especially with Garmin Edge GPS head units and compatible wearables, but you have options. Pairing is generally fast and simple. Generally you will performing field calibration regularly, and at release Garmin recommends allowing your bike to acclimate to outdoor temperatures for 10-15 minutes. This allows the temperature compensation to be more accurate. As mentioned, the Rally XC200 pedals transmit power information and cadence, with speed coming from GPS for most users, but you can always had a speed sensor to your bike if you prefer direct measurement. Battery life varies but is rated to 120 hours. It is easy to change the CR1/3N battery on each pedal via the compartment cap on the crank end of the pedal axle. Garmin does have a weight limit on Rally pedals, at 231.5 lbs. The set-up is rated to the IPX7 level for water protection, which means it can stand submersion in 1 meter of water for 30 minutes, so the seals can easily handle even the rainiest days, muddy trails or stream crossings.
Given the nature of today's stronger communication standards and compatibility across systems, the Rally XC200's are very user friendly with Garmin/Tacx family equipment and apps, as well as third-party apps such as Strava, TrainingPeaks®, TrainerRoad and many more. Training with power can truly teach you about your strengths and weaknesses as a cyclist, and most coaching and advanced training programs utilize power as a primary metric. Keep in mind that offroad measurement has more variables than road use, and how each company adjusts for rough terrain and effort may vary, but what matters is your XC200's will be consistent to themselves so you will have consistent formulation. Whether or not you race, a dual side pedal meter system with Cycling Dynamics can teach you about left/right power imbalances, your power zones throughout each pedal revolution, show you weakness or imbalances resulting from injury and help you train them out. If you value this level of detail and accuracy side to side, the Rally XC200 pedals will become your most effective training partner.
- MTB style pedal set with dual side power measurement, in SPD compatible Garmin alloy bodies
- Mountain style pedals ideal for any gravel, mountain, even road riding for those who prefer SPD
- Aluminum bodies with steel engagement systems are rated for impact, overall strength and durability
- Accurately measures and transmits power and cadence to compatible head units and apps
- No-fuss installation, just install as you would standard pedal, via pedal wrench flats
- Modular Rally axle design compatible with all Rally road and XC models, easy to swap out
- Actual metrics developed and viewed on head unit or via app including Cycling Dynamics
- Communication: ANT+® and Bluetooth®
- Power measurement: spindle based (left & side pedals- right side communicates with left, left to head unit/app)
- Power accuracy: +/-1%
- Field calibration easily managed with head unit
- Temperature compensation- recommended that bike be at outside temps 10-15 before riding for accuracy
- Q-factor: 53 mm (55 mm with provided 2 mm washer)
- Stack height: 13.5 mm
- Battery life: up to 120 hours
- Battery type: CR1/3N [x2- one each pedal] (or LR44/SR44 [x4- two each pedal], though we recommend the CR1/3N)
- Water resistance: IPX7 (up to 1 meter submersion/30 minutes)
- Maximum rider weight: 231.5 lbs /105 kg
- Pedal body features adjustable cleat release tension for each side of the pedal
- Cleat type: steel SPD 2-bolt (includes Garmin SPD cleats)
- In the box: pair of Garmin XC200 pedals w/dual pedal power meters, cleats & hardware, 2mm pedal washers, documentation
- Color: Black
- Weight: 444 grams
- Note: As with all such devices, we recommend checking firmware out of the box, using the Garmin app, as well as periodic checks