According to Spanish bike trainer firm Bkool, its new Smart Air device for indoor training and racing has a peddling feel, combined with a new rocking system concept that ‘will make you feel like you’re riding on the road’.
As the indoor cycling space hots up, with a variety of virtual and structured training plaforms available to cyclists, Bkool Smart Air seeks to ‘mark a turning point for direct-drive devices’. Its resistance unit is suspended in mid-air, acting like the rear wheel on a bicycle. Pricing is to be confirmed, although is expected to be around £1k – with availability to consumers in late 2018.
In a release Bkool states… ‘A few pedal strokes on the bike is all you’ll need to realise how different and revolutionary this concept is. The thing you notice most when you start peddling is a feeling of freedom unlike any other you’ve experienced before on a trainer like this.’
Smart Air features an innovative rocking system and flexible stand. This lets the rider ‘swing position on the bike by up to 6º’. Bkool adds that ‘the rider remains stable, without feeling unsteady even for a moment, and the motion is so natural that it makes you forget you’re on a trainer.’
Javier Cepedano, Marketing at Bkool says “’Never before has a trainer offered this level of freedom on the bike. This will mark a turning point in indoor cycling training and is a really exciting time for both Bkool and the cycling industry.”
Smart Air connects to the Bkool simulator, the virtual training software platform from the company…
‘The impressions when going downhill, including the inertial feel, are the same, letting you reach speeds of 70 kph. The real feeling of inertia that you get when you’re on the bike is uncanny, as are the rolling hills between each segment. Never before has a direct drive allowed for such realistic training.’
The internal mechanism of the new bike trainer has been designed to minimise noise. The result is the most silent trainer in the Bkool line-up and claimed to be one of the quietest on the market.
The new Smart AIR also features a sophisticated 27-point calibration system at different speeds and power levels. The power is adjusted by means of an innovative system that relies on an infrared sensor that measures the temperature inside the trainer. This has a claimed margin of error of around 2%.
The new Bkool trainer is compatible with all types of 7- to 11-speed Shimano and SRAM cassettes, as well as with all rear hub widths, which covers most of the bikes on the market, both road and mountain. Bkool adds that ‘if you have a bike with a Campagnolo groupset, you’ll also be able to use it with a 10- or 11-speed Shimano/SRAM rear cassette.’
Bkool is a technology company that creates interactive and innovative solutions for sports and video gaming. In the field of cycling, it has developed an advanced trainer and simulator. The simulator lets cyclists ride routes in a 3D virtual environment alongside other cyclists connected in real time. With the simulator, users can experience the same sensations they would have on the road. Bkool’s 3D World technology ‘simulates any route in the world in 3D and recreates the actual elevation of the terrain and the details in the landscape’.
The company’s 3D Real Weather technology also recreates the weather in real time on any route. Bkool is available in seven languages, including Chinese and Japanese, and distributes its products worldwide.