Aiming to mark a new era in indoor cycle training, the new Wattbike Atom is Wattbike’s first fully connected, smart bike… ‘More accurate and more realistic than any other smart bike available, the Atom replicates the resistance and sensation of riding on the road, to give the most authentic ride feel in the world, allowing cyclists to fine-tune their training and goals and gain invaluable insight into their performance.’
Two years in development, the Atom is a light and compact, premium, smart bike ‘born out of a desire to create the most accurate, precise and interactive indoor cycle trainer available to cyclists.’ Wattbike engineers, working with bicycle manufacturer Giant and British industrial designers Curventa, created nine prototypes and conducted over 500 hours of testing to produce and fine-tune the Atom.
“The Atom represents a radical step forward for Wattbike,” said Richard Baker, Managing Director at Wattbike. “Our first true home trainer, aimed specifically at cyclists, it serves the needs of the connected rider yet retains at its core our commitment to creating the most technically and scientifically advanced products in the world for improving performance.”
With a power range of 0-2,000 watts and claimed +/-2% accuracy across the full power range, the Atom is also claimed to be more accurate than any other smart trainer. Designed to be used with any tablet, or smartphone device, the Atom features interactive shifters offering 22 gears.
Resistance and power output can be controlled manually to simulate on-the-move gear changes and gradients of between 0-25%. Target power can be pre-programmed to auto adjust using the Wattbike Hub app, or by syncing with virtual riding platforms, such as Zwift, or TrainerRoad.
Bluetooth and ANT+ enabled, the Atom wirelessly interacts with third party apps and devices, such as Strava, TrainingPeaks and Garmin.
A key feature of the Atom is the patented tools available via the Wattbike Hub. Climb mode offers six pre-loaded climbs, including Mont Ventoux and Le Tourmalet. Using Strava GPS and simulations from VeloViewer, the Atom’s resistance changes automatically to map to the gradient on each virtual ride.
Polar View is an analysis tool designed to improve pedalling efficiency and power output, and the new Pedalling Effectiveness Score helps riders assess the impact of changes in pedalling technique in real-time.
The Atom is fully adjustable to closely replicate real bike positioning. A tablet holder, positioned in front of the handlebars, accommodates devices up to and including a 12.9-inch iPad Pro, and two bottle cage holders are fixed inside the Atom’s zinc shield primed steel frame. The Atom is powered by mains electricity; or from October 2017 by a Wattbike battery pack with a battery life of 36 hours.
Positioned as ‘a radical step forward set to transform the indoor cycle experience’, the Atom costs £1499 incl VAT and expands the Wattbike range. The Atom sits alongside the existing Pro and Trainer indoor cycle trainers.
Wattbike was founded in 2000 and launched its pioneering indoor power trainer in 2008. It is now a leading manufacturer of indoor cycle trainers, with a heritage in performance cycling. Wattbike trainers ‘generate the world’s most accurate power, technique and performance data, captured through cutting-edge analysis and with unrivalled accuracy.’
Wattbike works with professional athletes, sports federations and national cycling teams to deliver precise, targeted, effective cycle training programs and data analysis. Wattbike is an official partner of the Union Cycliste International (UCI) and the World Cycling Centre (WCC); and Wattbike’s sport science team were instrumental in creating the UCI’s standardised testing protocol – the Power Profile Test – used to assess and compare data from cyclists around the world and identify exceptional talent.
Wattbike continues to expand outside the UK and Wattbike products are exclusively available to buy at online wattbike.com.