Wattbike Atom

The new Wattbike launch: Atom – The #Unrivalled Indoor Trainer

Wattbike announces the new Atom

After a couple of weeks of social media teasing, Wattbike have today revelaed the Atom, their new product – and if it delivers as well as it looks, it will be another impressive piece of kit.

Perhaps surprisingly – given the current Wattbike Pro/Trainer costs £2,250 – the new Atom costs ‘just’ £1,499 [UPDATE – £1,599 as at November 2019]. That, in my eyes, makes it a very interesting product release. Here are the first details. We’ll have more on this very soon…


Wattbike unveils the new Atom – the smartest indoor bike on the planet​

Marking a new era in indoor training, the new Wattbike Atom is Wattbike’s first fully connected, smart bike. More accurate and more realistic than any other smart bike available, the Atom replicates the resistance and sensation of riding on the road, to give the most authentic ride feel in the world, allowing cyclists to fine-tune their training and goals and gain invaluable insight into their performance.

Two years in development, the Atom is a light and compact, premium, smart bike born out of a desire to create the most accurate, precise and interactive indoor cycle trainer available to cyclists. Wattbike engineers, working with bicycle manufacturer Giant and British industrial designers Curventa, created nine prototypes and conducted over 500 hours of testing to produce and fine-tune the Atom.

Wattbike Atom

“The Atom represents a radical step forward for Wattbike. Our first true home trainer, aimed specifically at cyclists, it serves the needs of the connected rider yet retains at its core our commitment to creating the most technically and scientifically advanced products in the world for improving performance.” Richard Baker, Managing Director, Wattbike

With a power range of 0-2,000 watts and +/-2% accuracy across the full power range, the Atom is more accurate than any other smart trainer. Designed to be used with any tablet, or smartphone device, the Atom features interactive shifters offering 22 gears. Resistance and power output can be controlled manually to simulate on-the-move gear changes and gradients of between 0-25%. Target power can be pre-programmed to auto adjust using the Wattbike Hub app, or by syncing with virtual riding platforms, such as Zwift, or TrainerRoad. Bluetooth and ANT+ enabled, the Atom wirelessly interacts with third party apps and devices, such as Strava, TrainingPeaks and Garmin.

Wattbike Atom

A key feature of the Atom is the patented tools available via the Wattbike Hub. Climb mode offers six pre-loaded climbs, including Mont Ventoux and Le Tourmalet. Using Strava GPS and simulations from VeloViewer, the Atom’s resistance changes automatically to map precisely to the gradient on your virtual ride. Polar View is an analysis tool designed to improve your pedalling efficiency and power output, and the new Pedalling Effectiveness Score helps you assess the impact of changes in pedalling technique in real-time.

Wattbike Atom

The Atom is fully adjustable to closely replicate real bike positioning. A tablet holder, positioned in front of the handlebars, accommodates devices up to and including a 12.9-inch iPad Pro, and two bottle cage holders are fixed inside the Atom’s zinc shield primed steel frame. The Atom is powered by mains electricity, or from October 2017 by a Wattbike battery pack with a battery life of 36 hours.

A radical step forward set to transform the indoor cycle experience, the Atom costs £1,499 inc. VAT and expands the Wattbike range. The Atom sits alongside the existing Pro and Trainer indoor cycle trainers.

Wattbike Atom

Triathlete Lucy Gossage is a Wattbike ambassador, and of the new Atom she said:

“Everything I like about the original Wattbike still features in the Atom. Replicating data. Just jumping on and riding. No excuses if it’s bad outside. Everything that is good, but now with the added bonus of getting into my exact race time trial position.”

“I’ve always loved the Wattbike because it is quick and convenient to jump on and train with accurate data. You know exactly what you are putting out. But, with my winter training I have sometimes felt I’m missing out a bit with the fun stuff. So, using a Wattbike Atom, in my aero position, playing around with friends on Zwift, that is a complete game changer.”

“With the Atom’s shifters located on the hood you can change gear on the go which replicates exactly what you do on the road. It’s like combining my time trial bike with a Wattbike. You get the same data in your position without having to mess about with your race bike all the time.”

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Garmin Vector 3 pedals – and the pods have gone!

Garmin announce major change to their Vector pedal-based power meter

Technology giant Garmin have today announced a major change to their Vector pedal-based power meter, with the introduction of the Vector 3 (and Vector 3S single-side power version).

It is easy to spot the biggest change – the absence of the ‘pods’ that formed part of both the original and Vector 2 editions. The biggest consistent complaint of the Vector pedals was their installation difficulty; the ‘ease to change between bikes because it is a pedal’ point often seeing frustration from users due to the need to ensure the correct torque and pod placement. It was that feature which, arguably, contributed to the huge popularity of the PowerTap P1 pedals, and other options on the market. (That’s why I bought…).

This significant new change from Garmin – and a price point of £849.99 – could well see some significant changes in the power meter market, with the giant brand now bringing to market, on first glance at least, a product which resolves many of the frustrations from its previous incarnations.

One thing that is certain… if you are in the market for a power meter, and are handy with a torque wrench and technically competent, you can expect a significant flood of second hand Vector 2 models to be hitting the second hand market at bargain basement prices as users look to upgrade.

Here are the first details.


Garmin® announces the Vector 3/3S – a completely redesigned pedal-based power meter

Garmin International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today announced the Vector™ 3/3S, a completely redesigned pedal-based power meter. Unlike previous versions of Garmin Vector power meters, the Vector 3/3S does not have a pod and installs like any other pedal, making it easy to transfer from one bike to another without professional assistance. Once installed, the dual-sensing Vector 3 measures total power, left-right balance, cadence and advanced cycling dynamics while the single-sensing Vector 3S reports cadence and total power.

Garmin Vector 3/3S

The Vector 3/3S features a sleek new design providing cyclists with greater cornering clearance and improved stack height for smarter ergonomics, while LED lights on the pedals display important setup and maintenance information. The Vector 3/3S is a direct-measurement power meter – the sensors are housed in the pedals – so it delivers reliable, accurate data on every training session.

“As cyclists aim to beat their personal best on their next race or Gran Fondo, the affordable and innovative Vector 3/3S will help them ride farther, stronger and more often,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of worldwide sales. “By redesigning the pedal and eliminating the pod, cyclists have the ability to quickly transfer from bike to bike and still receive advanced performance data that takes their training to the next level.”

With the Vector 3 dual-sensing pedal-based power meter, cyclists have the ability to see right and left leg power independently. Measuring cadence, total power, left-right balance and advanced cycling dynamics, the Vector 3 shows cyclists how and where they are producing power and helps them tailor their training around their specific strengths and weaknesses to improve their form. The Vector 3 tracks Seating/Standing Position to determine when and how long cyclists are in each so they can gauge position effectiveness, while Power Phases show how riders are currently producing power with every pedal stroke, and Platform Center Offset helps determine where power is applied on the pedal, ensuring proper cleat position.

The affordable, single-sensing Vector 3S uses the forces detected on the left pedal to measure cadence and approximate total power, and can easily be upgraded later to the dual-sensing system.

The Vector 3/3S fully integrates with the Garmin cycling ecosystem, including the Varia™ Rearview Radar, Varia UT800 Smart Headlight and the new Edge® 1030.

ANT+ ® technology not only lets cyclists receive structured indoor training by pairing their Vector 3/3S with power-based training systems like TrainerRoad, Zwift and more, but they will also gain access to compatible 3rd party training platforms including Strava and TrainingPeaks™. Meanwhile, Bluetooth® technology allows post-ride analysis, data sharing, mapping, route planning and more to be integrated into training through Garmin Connect™ – an online community where people can connect and compete by joining challenges, encourage each other’s successes and share their triumphs via social media.

The Vector 3/3S features up to 120 hours of battery life. The Vector 3 has a suggested retail price of £849.99 and £499.99 for the Vector 3S. The optional Vector 3S upgrade pedal has a suggested retail price of £399.99.

The ever-expanding Garmin fitness segment develops technologies to enhance and promote healthy and active lifestyles. Whether users are runners, cyclists, swimmers, multi-sport athletes, or simply looking to stay active throughout the day, there is a product that can help them reach their health and fitness goals.

Scott Neyedli at IRONMAN Wales - Joe Beer advice

What tyre pressure should I use at IRONMAN Wales?

Joe Beer talks bike technology: tyres and rolling resistance

“Wider tyres, lower pressure…”

Recorded earlier this year at the Giant Store St. Paul’s (www.giant-stpauls.co.uk) as part of their Triathlon Evening Specials, Joe Beer (www.coachjoebeer.com) talks bike technology and recent developments, with a particular emphasis on tyres, tyre pressures and wheels.

With IRONMAN Wales coming up soon, how did Scott Neyedli use Joe’s advice to help him win the race in 2013? Watch the video for some great advice of preparing for the course in Tenby and much more!

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The World Bike Packing Championship…

The Bike Packing “World Championship” from SCICON

Six Pro mechanics set to go head-to-head to win the WBPC 2017. Ok, so it’s a slightly dubious ‘world championship’… but it is a great bit of marketing from SCICON.

Even better than that, if you predict which one will win, you too could win…

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GUESS WHO’LL BE FASTEST…

…AND WIN A SCICON AEROCOMFORT 3.0 BIKE TRAVEL BAG

Six mechanics from six professional cycling teams go head-to-head in a race against the clock to win the World Bike Packing Championships 2017. Who can pack their team bike the quickest: Bahrain-Merida, AG2R La Mondiale, ORICA-Scott, Quick-Step Floors, Trek-Segafredo or BORA – hansgrohe?

For the third year, the most challenging competition for pro cycling team mechanics is back! Watching the Giro d’Italia or the Tour de France you can only imagine how important the support of the mechanics is for the riders. They have to be competent, fast … and they are!

Six of the most competent mechanics in the WorldTour go head-to-head in the WBPC, but only the fastest will win the title! Guess the winner!

The 6 mechanics and the 6 teams who accepted the challenge are:

  • Primoz Šegina from Bahrain Merida
  • Mickael Szolnik from AG2R La Mondiale
  • Gari Atxa from Orica-Scott
  • Nicolas Coosemans from Quick-Step Floors
  • Mauro Adobati from Trek-Segafredo
  • Guido Sheeren from BORA-hansgrohe

CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE COMPETITION

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