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.


Frame clearance

As manufacturers regularly change frame design and design varies between models and frame materials, it is not feasible to keep an ongoing list of compatible frames. Due to this, we ask our customers to perform a simple frame clearance test to determine if a left-side Stages power meter will fit on their bike. Checking the frame compatibility is simple and can be done with a 10 mm hex wrench.

For most right-side power meters, the power meter is unlikely to contact the frame due to being located primarily behind the chainring. We cannot, however, guarantee 100% compatibility with right-side power meters, so we advise carefully installing the drive-side only and rotating the cranks to ensure sufficient clearance before fully installing and riding the power meter crank.

The diagram below provides the necessary clearance zone to check for left-side power meter clearance. This clearance zone 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, see the section below. 

Chain stay brake

If you do note that your bike has a chainstay-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. Alternately, the Stages Power R right-side power meters may be used as single-sided power meters on bikes where a left-side power meter cannot be utilized. 

Crank compatibility

Once you've checked the frame for clearance, the next step is to confirm compatibility with your existing crankset. In some instances, a left crank option is not available, so a complete crankset 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.

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.

Once you've identified your manufacturer and model, read our other article How do I find out if my crank is compatible with a Stages Power meter?

Still need help?

If you're still unsure if a Stages Power meter is compatible with your bike after performing the clearance test, please open up a support ticket with Stages Cycling and provide details about your frame, crankset, and results of your clearance test in order to receive more detailed assistance.