At Eurobike, Wahoo, Stages and others show smart stationary bikes as indoor craze accelerates (virtually)

By Steve Frothingham

Garmin announces that Tacx’s smart bike is shipping. Meanwhile, Zwift launches steering and offroad riding features.

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany (BRAIN) — The indoor cycling craze has come to the indoor halls of the Messe Friedrichshafen, where a fair chunk of the new product news this year is related to stationary pursuits.

As Eurobike 2019 opened Wednesday, Wahoo announced it was offering a new $3,500 stationary bike. Stages Cycling, which has a long history making gym and studio bikes, announced a rival model, and Garmin, Tacx’s new owner, announced it is now shipping its Neo Bike, which was introduced last year but has been in limited supply.

These smart stationary bikes are far from the ergometers that have been serving as bedroom clothes hangers and yardsale centerpieces for years. They generally use standard bike contact points so enthusiasts can duplicate the feel and position of their outdoor bikes (also known as: bikes). They also have integrated connectivity and other features for riders who’ve decided they’d rather not schlep their bike inside and connect it to a trainer in order to ride Zwift or complete a TrainerRoad workout.

The Wahoo KICKR BIKE adjusts at six different contact points; shifter configurations and gear ratios also are fully …read more

Via:: Bicycle Retailer and Industry News