Kinetic has unveiled a pair of new “Smart” trainers and a slick interactive training system. The Rock and Roll-Smart, Road Machine-Smart, and a new interactive web-based training system are slated to appear in local bike shops within the month.
The new trainers use inRide sensor technology pre-installed for instant power training connectivity. The new interactive training system, which will go live the end of September, will be both a website and smart phone app that provides built-in workouts and training plans, second-screen viewing, streaming video from The Sufferfest and social connection.
Kinetic Rock and Roll-Smart Trainer
Kinetic’s Rock and Roll-Smart 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 with iOS and Android devices using Bluetooth Smart technology and will connect to Kinetic’s new web-based training system. MSRP: $570.
Kinetic Road Machine-Smart Trainer
The Road Machine-Smart, which also has an integrated inRide sensor, offers smooth, realistic fluid-resistance. This is Kinetic’s most popular trainer, due to its quiet operation, solid construction, and progressive resistance. MSRP: $410.
Both these new “Smart” trainers have Kinetic’s sealed fluid chambers, are power-curve calibrated, and are magnetically coupled via a driveshaft for leak-proof performance. They come fully assembled and ready to go out of the box.
Kinetic Online Training System
The new web-based training system, a free application, will be 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.
There are four subscription tiers ranging from free, which provides everything needed to start power training. Next is a $10-per-month program that provides more training plans, more intelligent analysis, and more sensors to deliver smarter workouts. For $15 per month, riders have unlimited access to online events, head-to-head racing, and team competitions, plus there is integration with wearable heart rate and power monitors. Finally, for $25 users can stream any video from The Sufferfest library and ride a synchronized workout.
A two-month trial of the $10 level is free with purchase of a Rock and Roll-Smart or Road Machine-Smart trainer. Current owners of Kinetic trainers and its inRide sensors will receive push notifications to update their inRide apps.
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