CompuTrainer provides the most interesting indoor bike experience yet created. It increases your cycling power by 20 to 30% and your speed by 2 to 4 MPH. Whatever your starting point, you’ll improve significantly. CompuTrainer is best in its class by a wide margin. It sets the industry standard for accuracy (± 2.5%), power (1500 watts), quality, and service lifetime (10+ years). Exclusive performance features like SpinScan electronic pedal stroke analysis and Adjustable Aerodynamic Drag Factor are unique to CompuTrainer. Cycling and triathlon coaches worldwide use CompuTrainer as their primary testing instrument. USA Triathlon and USA Cycling test and train their team athletes with CompuTrainer.
The CompuTrainer simulates real courses, pre-programmed or imported from GPS, measuring wattage, speed, cadence, and even pedal efficiency. Manufactured by RacerMate in Seattle, WA, CompuTrainer is offered in a few different versions. All built on the same basic hardware and technology, you can chose from the basic trainer (solo), a 2 person system, or the multi-rider system that accommodates up to 8 riders (A popular option with many of the larger coaching companies like Carmichael Training). Continue reading →
Strengths: Extremely durable, easy to set up, electronic and mechanical connections are strong. Training with power (watts) makes a real difference. Third party software (Erg Video) improves the utility.
Weaknesses: Software is still a weak point, including Racermate One, IMHO. Expensive ($1500 to $1700)
I am shocked that there are no reviews about Computrainer on RBR. Particularly as Racermate just dropped the price of the Racermate One software to $59 (from $189) and as people may be looking at the unit, it seemed appropriate to comment. I have had my Computrainer since 2007. After lusting after them ever since they came out in the late 1980s I finally broke down. I purchased a Pro model, lab edition new in box, from an authorized dealer. Paid about $1400 for it. I choked hard when I spent that much, but after 7 years the cost per mile/hour has been extremely low. I ride about 5000 miles a year on this thing due to schedule and/or climate (Midwest U.S.) I often ride the trainer in dumb mode, just watching Tour De France videos. I also have some Erg Videos, which I like generally. The old 3d software was "ok" in my opinion but I was looking forward to the upgrade. I jumped on the recent price drop and finally picked up a copy. I have to say that I am not thrilled. The interface with Real Course Videos does not seem to improve the experience much. (They are still problematic as the video is not smooth like Erg Videos and I find it distracting). The new 3d software allows multiple pacers, but the vie tends to jump around if you do that, unless you go split screen. Again, I think this could have been great (who cares if you can see all of the other riders on screen)? Calibration is also weak on RM1 in my opinion. Erg Video is so much easier, just hit F3 and calibrate. It will remind you after 15 minutes which is good as you usually lose some lb points after warm up. Warts and all I still don't regret this purchase and would strongly consider another. One factor is that after 4 years my load generator failed (flywheel inside broke). Well out of warranty, Racermate warrantied the item. If you ride your trainer a lot, like I do, durability really should be considered. A lot of the other trainers of similar expense look like toys by comparison, have smaller gauge wiring, and generally do not seem as durable based upon reviews. I am hoping that over time they continue to improve RM1 and add multi-rider internet racing. That could really sway the advantage back to the Computrainer. My opinions, yours may differ.