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https://tomdemerly.com/2017/02/28/report-indicates-computrainer-going-out-of-business/

“It is with a heavy heart that those of us here at RacerMate must tell you that we are closing the doors on CompuTrainer. Technology and competition from larger companies have both eaten into the marketplace. As a small company with the premier indoor trainer in terms of performance and durability, we have found ourselves in a place where we cannot continue. It has been a marvelous 40+ years and we have enjoyed sharing in the victories and friendships we have made along the way.” [signed]

Chuck Wurster, Vice President
RacerMate Inc.
Seattle, WA
A pioneer for sure with an impressively solid product, but one that didn't grow with the times.


Lack of wireless options and ancient software are fine until something better comes along, which it did (more modern smart trainers and Zwift to name a few).


Who's gonna buy up the remaining stock to save for the few repairs needed?
 

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Ray's article points to a few choices they made that could have changed this outcome. One bad partner and at least one good one missed as well. They created the genre, but failed to move forward in ways that others could and did. Not a surprising outcome despite it being a sad end to a true innovator.
 

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Yeah. I was a fan/user of Computrainers, but they didn't evolve and adapt. I have a Cycleops Hammer now.
Nice. I just got my Hammer last week. 3 ERG SST workouts in and it seems really nice. I need to do some open Zwift rides and see how it does there.
 
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