The notion of what is an indoor trainer and what it can do is ever evolving. Once simple machines, the latest generation of training devices are literally becoming smarter and smarter.
Take the new Hammer from Wisconsin-based indoor bike trainer manufacturer CycleOps. This fifth generation smart trainer seamlessly integrates with a variety of smart devices and is compatible with virtually every training application via integrated dual ANT+ FE-C and Bluetooth 4.0 technologies. That list includes popular training software such as CycleOps’ own VirtualTraining, Zwift, TrainerRoad and others.
This direct drive bike trainer is also compatible with nearly every bike on the market today. That means thru-axle widths of 142mm or 148mm, as well as quick release fork widths of 130mm or 135mm can be easily mounted to the Hammer. To learn more check out this video.
Perhaps even more impressive, claims CycleOps, is the Hammer’s ability to replicate real world inertia. The heart of the Hammer is its 20-pound precision-balanced flywheel, while its soul is its fast responding electromagnetic resistance. The result is a direct drive trainer with rapid response resistance, maximum power and the sensation of rolling on smooth asphalt. Its robust design and direct frame-to-trainer contact allows the Hammer to stand up the toughest of riders, up to 2000 watts at 20 mph, and the ability to simulate grades up to 20 percent.
Of course all that technology does not come cheap. Retail price for the Hammer is an eye-watering $1200. Availability is set for fall 2016.
For more info visit www.cycleops.com.