Just wondering what the consensus is here on a smart stationary bike?
For me, its a no brainer, if someone can produce one that works with authentic gearing changes at the key price of around £1800. This is the clincher as you are paying a reasonable premium over a standalone smart turbo.
The convenience of a clean, low maintenance all in one bike that you can just jump onto to train, with the flexibility to be used by the family through quick adjustments would make it well worth the outlay.
I was an early adopter of the Wattbike Atom and couldn’t get it sent back quickly enough - the gear changing was just terrible. If you are going to pay a premium, then it needs to work perfectly!
The Neo smart bike is on the way, but the pricing is absurd.
Is it really that hard to make one of these things? Or is the demand just not there to produce them in the volumes needed to keep the price down?
I look at things like the Lifefitness IC series of smart spin bikes - surely, with a bit of work, these could be adapted to be smart and open to work with things like TR and Zwift.
I currently use a Lifefitness GX with Powertap P1 pedals for TR - I adore it. If there was a smart version of this, I would purchase tomorrow as long as the price was reasonable.
I get that its not for everyone.
There are always the comments when this topic comes up that say “just buy a Neo” and stick a bike on it.
This is totally missing the point. If you don’t get it, then its not for you, which is fine, but don’t keep trying to push a solution that fits your needs and wants on those of us who have a clearly defined set of requirements.
I would be interested to hear if the TR team have been approached by anyone developing such a machine, perhaps for testing - I don’t expect any name for details, but just if there is any movement within the industry towards producing some new machines.