Spotted: Garmin’s New 'Rally' SPD Power Meter Pedals

Mar 22, 2021
by Alicia Leggett  

According to Pinkbike's sister site CyclingTips, Garmin’s new Rally XC power meter pedals broke cover prematurely last week when a retail store sold the unreleased pedals to a customer.

The pedals will appeal to the gravel and XC riders and will be available as the Rally XC100 and the Rally XC200 versions.


The aluminum body looks fairly robust, with steel wear plates and other hardware that will hopefully protect the internals against rock strikes and abuse.

Garmin's other power meter pedals — previously the Vector line — will reportedly also follow the Rally nomenclature, with letters designating the cleat interface (XC for SPD, RS for SPD-SL, and RK for Look Keo), and either 100 or 200 indicating whether the pedals give single- or dual-sided power data.


The dual-sided Rally XC200 is said to retail for $1,200 USD, though Garmin has not confirmed any details.

The CyclingTips article is available here, and the pedals will reportedly become available online and through retailers later this week.


152 Comments

  • 313 7
 I paid 1200 for my first full sus bike. Man do I feel stupid knowing I could have bought a pair of pedals instead Smile
  • 77 29
 Haven’t shopped for a power meter much, have you?
  • 64 55
 Yes, these are just "pedals". No high technology is going in inside these. No advanced electronics, no sophisticated software algorithms, no hours of engineering R&D work... Just a couple of pedals.
  • 57 8
 I got an idea... Flat pedals with a power meter. There, I fixed a problem that doesn't exist.
  • 52 14
 @DrPete: no, I personally haven't... and at 1200 dollars for a set of pedals I don't think I'll bother.
  • 22 216
flag nazbery (Mar 22, 2021 at 13:06) (Below Threshold)
 @kev-jones: Good thing the target market isn't jerkoff weekend riders like yourself
  • 1 0
 @brytar: lol I'm waiting
  • 5 0
 @brytar eTMACs
  • 22 0
 @eriknasby: you should try riding on the weekends, I myself ride on both Saturday and Sunday!
  • 37 3
 @eriknasby: haha jesus dude, look at all your toxic comments. Change something in your life buddy.
  • 16 13
 @eriknasby: trump supporter too lol
  • 10 7
 @eriknasby: Says the guy who rode a bike with an externally routed dropper post until 2019...take a breather buddy!
  • 4 52
flag nazbery (Mar 22, 2021 at 14:45) (Below Threshold)
 @mariomtblt: I occasionally. work on weekends. But yeah, get out when I can. Thanks dude.
  • 2 89
flag nazbery (Mar 22, 2021 at 14:45) (Below Threshold)
 @garneau565: never said I was the target market either you f*ckin idiot
  • 3 95
flag nazbery (Mar 22, 2021 at 14:48) (Below Threshold)
 @brytar: doing good bro! $160k/yr as a traveling nurse. Working three days a a week and riding all the time. Cake! Thanks though!
  • 1 2
 @kev-jones: my exact sentiment.
  • 17 73
flag nazbery (Mar 22, 2021 at 15:04) (Below Threshold)
 @bike-lair: Have you seen the incompetence of your democratic party?
  • 5 7
 @DrPete: i guess its you who hasnt shopped for quite some time.. top range powermeters now go for ~800.. e.g. quarq with xx1 cranks. Faveros or garmin vector dual pedals too if we talk road. Stages or 4iiis can be even less if on discount (not in covid times tho).
  • 5 0
 @brytar: Indeed! Not a normal comment from that guy!
  • 20 8
 @nazbery: that’s hilarious...are you comparing that to the previous shitshow?

If you haven’t heard, people are actually getting vaccinated at a rate to put us ahead of schedule, not woefully behind.
  • 24 1
 @kev-jones: I’d be riding 145mm cranks if I had $1200 pedals
  • 4 5
 You seem to have triggered a lot of road bikers and gigajoule measuring cross-country techies who likely have no real need for these.
  • 3 0
 @brytar: they'll put out hella watts with them flat pedals draped over the tailgate of their shuttlebro truck
  • 2 0
 @sammybikes916: haha they will measure in ft/lbs and mimic that of toyota factory spec
  • 3 3
 @ReformedRoadie: And all this vaccine stuff was only accomplished after Biden's election? No foundation of preparation preceded and enabled those numbers? I'm not taking one side or the other, but just as Trump shouldn't claim other stuff, or people blame a new president for things (like tax hikes or foreign policy etc) that were planned beforehand and only enacting/coming to fruition now, it's not on the level .. all this huzzah for Biden and his publicity campaign of miraculous vaccinations.
  • 6 5
 @mtbikeaddict: It didn't seem like they gave a crap about anything other than disputing the election after November, so I'm inclined to believe that the reports of there being no plan have merit. By late January, they were way below the promised vaccinations. Pfizer, the first available vaccine had nothing to do with Warp Speed.
Do I think Biden is great, hell no, but relatively speaking...big step up.
  • 2 0
 @brytar: I would like flat pedals with a power meter. Thanks.
  • 1 0
 @poundsand: and they should do as your name states
  • 110 4
 NSMB is gonna be so mad.
  • 30 1
 CALL THE POLICE
  • 88 1
 They won’t know watt to think about this.
  • 16 1
 @Randy-Verified:
Dirt roadies will be amped, but others are revolted. Watts up with all the resistance?
  • 12 1
 They're likely too busy melting down about BETA mag leaking GX AXS early.
  • 6 1
 @mtmc99: someone needs to put there foot down on this.
  • 8 1
 Twist: the customer was.... Cam McRae!
  • 87 3
 A power meter and a good training plan are a better investment than most of the stuff we buy for our bikes.
  • 39 2
 Shhhhhh...don't let the whiners know the secret to getting stronger:

Hard work and dedication.
  • 46 5
 Sounds boring in a lycra kind of way..
  • 13 0
 @lenniDK: As someone who wears lycra pretty often on the bike.... it is kinda boring. But fitness still helps.
  • 12 0
 @lenniDK: oh, it is boring, but for old fat guys like me with limited time to ride it’s also a way to squeeze the most improvement out of limited time on the bike. My motor holds me back way more than my technical abilities on most trails anyway.
  • 6 0
 @lenniDK: boring as used by the best DH racers, part of the process
  • 1 1
 yep! so i can justify my expensive lycras!
  • 2 0
 It is boring. 1-2 hours of intervals on a trainer SUCKS. Being strong enough to climb 5000, 10000, 15000 feet and then get all that sweet sweet descending is worth it.
  • 60 4
 Finally! These are going to be great on my e-bike!
  • 12 0
 But now they will now your strava koms arent legit when they see you pushing 100 watts up a 15 degree hill at 30km/h.
  • 4 1
 @radrider: No worries! I'll hack them, to show more watts.

The same like I unblocked my e-bike to ride faster.
  • 35 11
 1) nsmb gonna get pissed again
2) lmao levy wasnt joking about using pedals as the example in the podcast
3) stop bitching about the price yes its expensive its pedals with a power meter im not gonna buy them i think its cool u dont have to buy them so stop complaining
  • 24 2
 Not sure what yall are getting your panties in bunch for... It's not really up for argument that power data is helpful in training. It just may not be worth 1200 to you... Also most people will likely go with the single pedal version, so not that many will pay 1200 (extrapolating from the current road version of the vector pedals, the single sides will be about 800). I've been wanting the SPD form factor for a long time because I use SPDs on all my bikes, including road bikes, as i find the need for dedicated mountain and road shoes to be silly and I like the selection of shoes better. Also, if you go to your local cyclocross circuit, lots of people are riding SPDs and power data would be great to have. The world doesn't revolve about your hardcore hardtails hucking jumps in british columbia....
  • 24 3
 $1,200 holy shit!!!
  • 50 2
 A small price to pay for the knowledge of the precise and MASSIVE amounts of watts you're producing as you KOM all over the inferior competition on your local beginner singletrack climb.
  • 29 0
 @atourgates: oh god stop KOMing on your opponents.
  • 6 0
 About right for a dual sided power pedal set
  • 23 1
 @atourgates: Only to have that KOM taken from you a week later by pimply kid on 26 inch wheels whose only power-meter is how many snickers bars he eats before the ride.
  • 1 13
flag jeansebille (Mar 22, 2021 at 12:53) (Below Threshold)
 That's cheap, my bike was 14K, makes sense
  • 10 0
 I'm actually interested in having a power meter, and with each new iteration of pedal-baed meters I expect the price to come down to a moderately palatable $500ish dollars. But $1200 is just nuts. For reference that's $200 more than a dual sided Dura Ace Stages power meter - a unit based on a crankset that's $600+ without a power meter!
  • 10 2
 @jeansebille: do you enjoy cleaning teeth?
  • 2 0
 @maximumunicorn: Exactly, that's nuts.
  • 11 0
 @imnotdanny: fwiw, dentists don't clean teeth... they employ the techs that clean teeth.
  • 1 0
 @jeansebille: your Berta attitude is showing.
  • 2 1
 @mattsavage: ik that, obviously I'm not serious. @jeansebille: by any chance are you actually a dentist?
  • 13 0
 Almost as spendy as a pair of eeWings with the Stages powermeter. And this way you don’t get the eeWings.
  • 17 1
 No no you don't understand. Your supposed to buy the power meter eewings AND these pedals. That way you can check them against each other and make sure your not missing a single watt out of your 200 watt ftp.
  • 1 0
 @hmstuna: As a documented 200wt ft rider on zwift, i resent that comment Smile I also clean my trainer chain right before the twice a year test to make sure i am getting all of my Fs Ts and Ps
  • 13 1
 those pedals are nice and all but is NO ONE GOING TO TALK ABOUT THE OWNER'S DRY SKIN
  • 6 0
 Ashy Larry got into grav grav recently
  • 3 0
 You might need to get out of the office and do some more digging mate. That's what hands that get used look like
  • 9 0
 Pro tip... just buy a set of Favero Assioma Duo's and swap the pedal body with Xpedo mountain pedals. Dual leg power for ~$850
  • 5 0
 Cheaper yes but more likely to break on a pedal strike Frown
  • 13 28
flag sspiff (Mar 22, 2021 at 11:41) (Below Threshold)
 Wouldn't the real "pro" tip be: just ride more and maybe you will get fast enough that they will give you a pair for $0, which is the only time that your power output actually matters to anyone?
  • 1 0
 @hardtailhowie: I'd argue they're less likely to break... all the electronics are stored in the pod which is protected by the crankarm as opposed to the Garmin's having it all in the pedal body itself.
  • 26 0
 @sspiff: No... that's the 'poor tip' that people who can't afford to train with power like to offer up. There is no way to train more effectively than to train with power, which is the reason why every pro outside of maybe DH uses power to train.

And "just ride more" and ride with power aren't mutually exclusive propositions, you can do both.
  • 2 1
 @badbadleroybrown: ride more and ride with power can be mutually exclusive depending on how much overtime someone has to out in to afford power.
But you are correct. Most effective way to train hands down.
  • 1 0
 @badbadleroybrown: I’m pretty sure the pod profile hangs down lower than the crank by a several millimeters. If I look at my bike the crank arms are more banged up than the pedals. But you have a fair point if the pod profile is in fact lower than the crank arms.
  • 14 1
 @badbadleroybrown: I can almost promise you that even DH pros have a PM on their training rigs.
  • 4 0
 @JSTootell: yeah, I agree... it's really become ubiquitous at this point for anyone who is serious about getting stronger on the bike.
  • 2 7
flag sspiff (Mar 22, 2021 at 12:25) (Below Threshold)
 @badbadleroybrown: I get that training with power is valuable. Most of the people I know who get paid to pedal hard didn't buy their power meter, and they certainly didn't jerry rig some multicomponent system to save a few hundred $, so isn't your tip the "poor" tip?
  • 5 5
 @badbadleroybrown: The most effective way to train is to have a plan, consistently execute it while putting in an actual effort. You can do that with perceived power for free. Spend $1200 racing, trainer, coach , bike upgrades. then buy a power meter in 2022 if you still want one.
  • 19 0
 @psullivan65: Hire a coach and the first thing he'll tell you is to train with power... This isn't the 90's when heart rate and perceived exertion were the key data points in training. If you're serious about getting stronger, you'll buy a power meter. If you're not, then go ride your bike and don't worry about how much other people are spending on power meters.
  • 3 1
 @sspiff: Since when is swapping pedal bodies "jerry rigging" something? lol
  • 2 1
 I had no idea you could do this. I have the Favero Assioma on my Santa Cruz Stigmata and it is by far, the most rock solid and reliable power meter I've used (compared to Garmin Vector and Stages XTR). Appreciate the tip!
  • 8 0
 @psullivan65: perceived exertion is not a metric... it has its place but is insufficient to build a program around. Watts on the other hand, don’t care. They are a consistent measure of actual work.
  • 2 0
 @Chadimac22: I've done it with the M-Force 8 pedal body and it worked great. The M-Force, CXR, and Baldwin pedals all share the same axle so it should work with any of them, but the Baldwin may possibly be wide enough to end up causing some space issues with the pod. It looks like the platform would clear just eyeballing it but I don't have a set to measure or try it. Just use the spindle and the inner bearing end cap from the Assioma's and swap the body and outer cap from the Xpedo onto the spindle. Five minute job.
  • 3 10
flag GZMS (Mar 22, 2021 at 15:29) (Below Threshold)
 @Chadimac22: it is fully sufficient, if you listen to your body, have a stopwatch and put some thinking into how you design your workouts.. yes it is much more convenient and straightforward with power, and more time-efficient, but it is not mandatory.
  • 9 1
 @GZMS: the only benefit of RPE in training is its correlation with lactate build up. For targeted training efforts it offers virtually no value as its a subjective and highly variable data point. Training at a 7 out of 10 RPE one day has almost no correlation with a 7 out of 10 on another day and varies based on everything from sleep to mood to time of day... training at 80% of FTP is 80% of FTP every day.

You can keep riding the dead horse of perceived exertion but arguing that it's "fully sufficient" is on par with arguing that a 56k dial up modem is "fully sufficient" for getting online... it may have been true in 1994 but it simply isn't true today.
  • 3 8
flag GZMS (Mar 22, 2021 at 16:08) (Below Threshold)
 @badbadleroybrown: the main benefit of power meter is accumulation of data and mapping it to different physiological metrics like heart rate, hr variability, and also rpe, to spot early fatigue and to track progress.. not to stick to a strict number during workout.. it always should be adjustable.. if one day your rpe 7 means 300 watts , but another day it is 270watts, in most situations it is better for your longterm performance to ride that day at 270, not 300..

Yes you need a bit more effort to make RPE useful.. and training needs to be on same route, same hills, which is boring. But it will cover 90% of your training needs.

So for most people power meter is in the category of marginal gains. It will not fix their bad discipline of adhering to the plan, or their lack of available hours to train, or their bad sleep/food, or their lack of race skills
  • 6 1
 @GZMS: literally everything you just said is wrong.
  • 3 1
 @badbadleroybrown: awesome! Thanks man.
  • 2 5
 @badbadleroybrown: doesnt look like you read any literature on training, but you could have at least read a brochure for the PM you bought
  • 5 1
 @GZMS: you know, for all the talking you're doing you should've accidentally said something correct by now... but look at you go, defying the odds. Good for you, lil guy.
  • 2 2
 you forgot that you need to cut your soles on your shoes to make them fit, else you are standing on the big ass bearing
  • 2 0
 @Sethimus: There's literally no scenario in which you need to cut your soles. And contact with the pod and shoe tread depends upon the shoe and your cleat setup... I didn't need to grind anything on my Lake MX241's. But yes, you might have contact with the pod on some shoes and need to grind or file down some of the rubber if you've got a shoe with deep tread and a significantly recessed cleat.
  • 1 1
 @badbadleroybrown: No, he did get this part right:

"So for most people power meter is in the category of marginal gains. It will not fix their bad discipline of adhering to the plan, or their lack of available hours to train, or their bad sleep/food, or their lack of race skills"

You can use RPE. Or you can get a PM and something like Trainer Road (or other service), or both. I had PM's and a coach, and the dedication to follow a plan, and they were all worth it. Though I am also riding several very nice bikes, I just don't have a car...
  • 4 1
 @JSTootell: Totally disagree... studies have consistently proven, across a wide range of activities, that immediate, concrete feedback is highly effective in reinforcing positive behaviors and helping to adhere to a plan. This is one of the big reasons services like Strava have taken off; people are inherently wired to respond to seeing the work they've done in a concrete form. It's also one of the reasons that many people struggle with maintaining things like exercise and diet routines when they aren't immediately gratified with weight loss.

A power meter provides instant data feedback and feeds that need for immediate validation of results and having that data encourages people to make time to ride, to put in more hours to see more results, etc... It can also help to avoid some of the major negatives that push novice riders away. Every cyclist should have a full bonk from time to time just to know where 'empty' really is but, for a novice rider, getting caught by the man with the hammer can be enough to push them away from the sport... especially if they get caught up in some of the traditionally bad advice that goes along with things like training by RPE; things like "always ride with people faster than you" and the like. The huge majority of new riders simply don't have the physical awareness to accurately perceive their exertion level and a lot of new riders set out thinking they're riding at a 5 when they're actually pushing themselves well beyond that and they wind up blowing themselves up half way through a ride.
  • 1 2
 @badbadleroybrown: I think you are just arguing for the point of arguing now. I was agreeing with all your points until that.
  • 3 0
 @JSTootell: what about what I just said do you feel is inaccurate? There's been no end of studies showing that positive data recording reinforces positive behavior... everything from weight loss to saving money has proven to be positively impacted by recording small, concrete achievements. In what way does power meter training not provide exactly that or in what way does cycling differ from the myriad other activities that are positively impacted so as to not benefit from that effect?
  • 8 1
 you guys are thinking about this as "1200 for pedals" but this is more of a "1200 power meter, that are pedals". 1200 is about how much power meters (both sides) cost btw.
  • 5 1
 I'm picturing the ideal $1200 pedal review now. Mount them to a set of eewings and smash them into every rock you can possibly find. I'm not going to buy them but whoever does buy them deserves to know that they will hold up.
At least they used a proven design though.
  • 8 0
 Can I run zwift while riding in the woods now?
  • 8 0
 Virtual Zwifting
  • 2 0
 @jojotherider1977: you just blew my f*kin mind bro
  • 8 2
 You heard it hear first, if I ever spend 1200 usd on a pair of pedals you all may beat me over the head with old tires.
  • 17 0
 Are we talking 120 tpi or double down casing?
Asking for a friend.
  • 4 0
 @grldm3: studded
  • 2 0
 @N-60: good call. Fat bike studded.
  • 2 0
 @grldm3: With DH casing. And inserts.
  • 5 0
 Don't quite get why you'd spend $1200 on these pedals when you can get a left crank stages meter for like $400

Gimme $400 Shimano power pedals and I will buy today
  • 4 0
 1. From my XC buddies, not great reviews on the reliability of Stages. Lots of rides with issues pairing.

2. You can move from bike to bike much easier. Most XC guys spend a lot of time on the road and are happy with XC pedals on their road/ gravel bike so they can stay used to one bike shoe.

3. For apples to apples, a one side power pedal option will probably cost $800. Still not cheap, but not horrible for a power meter.

I have no interest in these as my XC days are long past and I’m happy with 5.10s and flat pedals these days, but for those interested in getting fast, power meters are really the way to go and these would make a lot of sense.
  • 4 0
 Stages makes probably the worst, well known power meter you can buy. If these are as good as my Vectors have been, there’s no doubt they will be worth more than a stages crank arm to a lot of people.

There are also bikes where a pedal based system is about your only option. Gearbox bikes, e-bikes, etc. Some people like to have fun when they are training and put power meters on enduro bikes etc.
  • 3 0
 Glad they are coming out with spd power meter pedals (these and SRM). These would be great for someone wanting to get serious about their training. The fact you could swap these from enduro-xc-gravel bike makes them much more versatile than crank arm power meters.

You could even throw them on a $200 craigslist spin bike and get a as good a trainer as anything else.

Wish I could afford them
  • 6 0
 Someone needs to put there foot down.
  • 5 1
 For car park use only I guess, then pop the SPDs back on to save a $1200-rock strike on the trail
  • 5 0
 Do they come with a butt clench meter when you go through a rock garden?
  • 4 1
 Huehuehue , i believe humans have not yet discovered a way to measure singularities :d
  • 2 0
 Sold by mistake? I don't think it's a mistake if you have "specialized" product in hand, a sku in your system and a price to sell it for. I think this shop has upped it's "status" with this sale.
  • 3 0
 they say that a pedal strikes is 100% rider error. 600$ penalty for a pedal strike, that would teach ya a lesson!
  • 2 0
 They are probably all sold out already and Garmin is laughing all the way to the bank! I don’t need a pair of pedals to tell me how out of shape I am!
  • 2 0
 The problem with power meters is that they tell you directly how slow and average you are. I’d rather live in blissful ignorance.
  • 1 0
 Everyone here is whining about the price but a) don't know what a power meter is and b) oggle at crappy single-pivot 73mm travel bike for $6k and useless Ti cranks that cost $1k (but hey they come in oil slick!)
  • 2 0
 biiiig stack height. they look better-made than the run-of-the-mill Wellgo's and HTs though.
  • 2 0
 These look good, almost solid. Garmin Vector users will be full of envy as they are plagued by the crappy battery solution.
  • 3 5
 Those look exactly like my 20+ year old Shimano SPDs that cost like 50 bucks and will not die. They actually have a secret power meter function. The power I spent commuting home from work on them is measured as a direct correlation with the number of beers I drink cooking dinner when I get home.
  • 3 1
 ICP and Juggalos want to know, how do they work?
  • 1 0
 The worlds is full of morons and only a singe one messed up. We are doing pretty well for ourselves.
  • 1 0
 Hopefully I can just get a single side setup. Maybe that would be like 700USD?
  • 1 0
 There is much cheaper ways to measure dual sided power..I am confused why pay extra for this?
  • 1 0
 Will spending 1200 bucks on pedals give me an extra 50 watts?
  • 12 0
 You have to buy the pedals to find out.
  • 1 0
 $1200? ....Okay my AXS purchase just got a tiny bit easier to swallow.
  • 1 0
 The first photo is upside-down.
  • 1 0
 are these using C or D cell batteries with that stack height?
  • 1 1
 These will look nice splattered against the first rock on my local trail, can't wait
  • 1 0
 I am hanging out to put these on my ‘21 SWorks turbo Levo.
  • 1 0
 Waiting for the "thundah - down undah, flat pedal power metah".
  • 1 0
 Does it measure G force of my pedal strike too?
  • 1 1
 Was this story supposed to run on April 1st? Smile
  • 3 6
 The prices for this sht are insane . $1200 for some fkin pedals or $ 800 for a Rock I'm In Shock dropper post , or
$1200 for Tricksht brakes and on and on.
PT Barnum was right .
  • 1 0
 Wak bitches, Mc Pitman
  • 1 0
 Ther just petals
  • 1 0
 What’s a power meter?
  • 1 4
 No platform or wings. Sorry. But they are traveling the XC market.
  • 21 0
 XC is really the only mountain market where people are clamoring for power... these are aimed squarely at XC and Gravel riders.
  • 1 0
 @badbadleroybrown: endurbros clearly need these so they can more effectively lay down the hammer in sport class.
  • 2 0
 @badbadleroybrown: Yep, these are aimed at XC. Gravity guys would probably stick more to crank/spindle/chainring PM options.

(My E29 has a spindle PM, XC bike has crank)
  • 1 1
 @toast2266: yeah, because if they spend $1200 on something that will actually help make them faster it’ll be harder to judge them for buying expensive bikes.
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