With an eye on fitness trends and delivering value to dealers, premium trainer brand Kinetic has developed three new products for 2016, which it will launch next week at Eurobike in Friedrichshafen, Germany, and next month at Interbike in Las Vegas, Nevada. The products are the Rock and Roll-Smart, the Road Machine-Smart and Kinetic.fit.
The ‘Smart’ trainers are Kinetic’s best-in-class precision power trainers with inRide sensor technology pre-installed for instant power training connectivity. Kinetic.fit is an app-based training platform that provides built-in workouts and training plans, second-screen viewing, streaming video from The Sufferfest, and social connection.
“The best ride experience on a trainer just got better,” declared Kinetic Marketing Manager David Simpson. “Together, Kinetic Smart Trainers and Kinetic.fit provide a seamless, ‘plug-and-play’ power training solution that’s engaging, entertaining and productive. These new products makes Kinetic an easier sale for our retail partners, and provide a great training experience for their customers.”
Kinetic’s Rock and Roll-Smart, its flagship trainer, is the only trainer that moves with its rider, allowing cyclists to perform out-of-the-saddle hill climb intervals that replicate actual cycling on the road. The newly integrated inRide sensor wirelessly pairs using Bluetooth Smart technology and connects to Kinetic.fit. (MSRP €575)
The Road Machine-Smart, which also has an integrated inRide sensor, ‘offers the smoothest and most realistic fluid-resistance ride available.’ It is Kinetic’s most popular trainer, due to its quiet operation, quality construction and progressive resistance. (MSRP €425)
As with all Kinetic trainers, the ‘Smart’ trainers have Kinetic’s signature sealed fluid chambers, are power-curve calibrated, and are magnetically coupled via a driveshaft for leak-proof performance. They feature dealer- and consumer-friendly P.O.P.-style packaging and are fully assembled and ready to go out of the box.
As the company points out, the precision and accuracy provided by Kinetic trainers gives riders access to power-based interval training for hundreds of dollars less than comparable equipment.
Kinetic.fit, a free application, is compatible with iOS and Android devices and will be launched in English and German, with Dutch, French, Italian and Spanish versions to follow. The subscription-based service includes professionally developed training plans, guided workouts, data sharing with Strava, Training Peaks and similar sites, wireless screen mirroring to home entertainment systems, and compatibility with Zwift and TrainerRoad.
Kinetic has developed four subscription tiers for Kinetic.fit:
- Core, free, provides everything needed to start power training.
- Smart, at €10 per month, provides more training plans, more intelligent analysis, and more sensors to deliver smarter workouts.
- Smart Pro, at €15 per month, connects riders with unlimited access to online events, head-to-head racing and team competitions. Smart Pro also allows integration with wearable heart rate and power monitors.
- Smart Pro + The Sufferfest, at €25 per month, allows users to stream any video from The Sufferfest library and ride a synchronized workout for ‘the most comprehensive power training workout available.’
A two-month trial of ‘Smart’ is free with purchase of the Rock and Roll-Smart and the Road Machine-Smart.
“Kinetic ‘Smart’ Trainers and Kinetic.fit provide the ultimate connected power training experience,” summed up David Simpson. “As we head into the classic ‘trainer season’, these products offer riders guided, dynamic, and affordable training solutions; and great sell-through products for retailers.”