Did you see this new Indoor Cycle from Pro-Form during the tour this year? I'm not sure if it will qualify as a potential replacement for the
bikes cycles in your club, but it is fascinating... at least it is to me. So I called the company and we are planning a future interview to learn more about it.
The Pro Form Le Tour de France Indoor Cycling Bike uses the same Magnetic resistance found on the Keiser M3, Schwinn AC and the new FreeMotion s11.9. As I've stated here on multiple occasions, I see Magnetic Resistance as superior in every respect as compared to a friction system; quieter, zero maintenance and most importantly the amount of resistance increases with cadence... just like a real bicycle on the road.
So how about adding pitch into our classes? Realryder has students rocking from side to side, but wouldn't it be cool if we could replicate the up and down of a real road as part of our class profiles?
The Pro-Form TDF can adjust the amount of Incline or Decline so you feel like you are actually climbing or descending.
I can envision having a control knob where I could control everyone's cycle; "going up!"
I'm guessing that with a selling price of only $1,300, the Pro Form uses calculated power to arrive at the wattage displayed. That may not be optimal for the hard core Power fanatic, but for the 99% of us who just need a consistant indication of the work we create it's perfect.
Here's the link to the Pro-Form TDF information page.
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When you compare the price of most IDC bike this one is the cheapest ? 100$ less than the Keyser 200$ less than the Schwin or Spinning star track ????
It would be interesting to see if everything is accurate and if it is for heavy use as for an IDC facility.
Just a few questions: can you control a group of spinners (by group leader) or are they individually managed? Is there a way to hook them up to a video and follow the hills and downhill? Can you simplify them for beginners, just straight spinning. What is the maintenance ( high or low).
I’m thinking of starting a studio for spinning, just looking at whats out there. If or when I invest my money I don’t want to fall into “not enough bike for the job”.
Tom (outside Boston)
Tomac I don’t have any other info on the Proform bike shown. If you are serious about opening a studio you will want to be at our conference in Danvers, MA this weekend. We are featuring the top two indoor cycles with power > the Keiser M3 and FreeMotion S11.9 + Bill Pryor the #1 consultant to indoor cycling studio owners is presenting.