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While I don't need a power reading for cx races, it would be interesting to look at after the fact.  But I use my cx bike for road training and gravel/roubaix type races and want to have power measurements for that.  So which do you think would be the safer option; crank or hub based?  Basically which electronics would stand up better to the possible abuse?  Not too worried about the weight issue in either case. 

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Is budget an issue?  The new Stages left crank arm based units look pretty awesome to me.  http://www.stagescycling.com/

And they seem like they are in a good spot to keep them pretty well protected from debris and such.  The reviews seem pretty favorable as well.  But I think they currently have a decent wait time, as they are making and shipping pre-order and early adopter units first.

I have used SRM's, Quarq's, Powertap's and Stages. They all have worked fine for CX. Just chose the one that fits your needs and budget.   

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