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ebove interactive mountain bike trainer aims to bring the trails indoors

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The ebove trainer both affects and reacts to an animated trail display, which the user views on an attached tablet or even a VR headset
The ebove trainer both affects and reacts to an animated trail display, which the user views on an attached tablet or even a VR headset
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The ebove trainer both affects and reacts to an animated trail display, which the user views on an attached tablet or even a VR headset
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The ebove trainer both affects and reacts to an animated trail display, which the user views on an attached tablet or even a VR headset
The trainer itself is gimbal-mounted on a stable base, and communicates via Bluetooth with its 14-inch touchscreen tablet
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The trainer itself is gimbal-mounted on a stable base, and communicates via Bluetooth with its 14-inch touchscreen tablet
The user sees a first-person view of the trail they've chosen, with an avatar of their handlebars visible at the bottom of the screen
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The user sees a first-person view of the trail they've chosen, with an avatar of their handlebars visible at the bottom of the screen
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Now that much of the Northern Hemisphere is well within the icy clutches of winter, many mountain bikers have turned to riding indoors on rollers or trainers. While that may help them to keep fit, it's still far less fun or interesting than riding outdoors on actual trails. Norwegian startup Activetainment hopes to close that gap a little, however, with its interactive ebove B/01 bike. The trainer moves beneath the rider and becomes easier or more difficult to pedal, in response to the terrain of animated trails on an accompanying tablet.

The trainer itself is gimbal-mounted on a stable base, and communicates via Bluetooth with an included 14-inch touchscreen tablet that sits above the handlebars. That tablet in turn comes with several trails preloaded, plus it can access others from the company website using its built-in Wi-Fi.

When the user starts out, they see a first-person view of the trail they've chosen, with an avatar of their handlebars visible at the bottom of the screen – real-time stats including heart rate, speed, distance traveled and calories burned are also displayed. As their real-world pedaling speed increases or decreases, their on-screen speed changes accordingly. Additionally, they experience either more or less pedaling resistance as they encounter virtual ascents and descents, plus the trainer tips back or leans forward to simulate riding up and down those hills.

The user sees a first-person view of the trail they've chosen, with an avatar of their handlebars visible at the bottom of the screen
The user sees a first-person view of the trail they've chosen, with an avatar of their handlebars visible at the bottom of the screen

As the pedaling resistance changes, the user can push bar-mounted shift buttons to change gears as needed. On descents, they can also shave off unwanted speed using the two brake levers. A flywheel on the front of the trainer additionally produces more stability at higher speeds – just like in real life.

Of course, one of the other big disadvantages of indoor trainers is the fact that using them is typically a solo activity. As with the recently-announced Zwift system for road cyclists, however, the ebove addresses this problem with the ability to go on virtual group rides via the internet. These rides can be set up with other users through the company website, where it's also possible to keep track of one's own personal riding stats. When taking part in one of these "multiplayer" rides, the user is able to see avatars of the other riders on the trail with them, each one traveling at the speed set by its real-world counterpart.

Activetainment tells us that the ebove should be available later this year, with preorders due to begin soon. Pricing has yet to be announced. In the meantime, you can see it in use in the video below.

Needless to say, mountain bikers who don't like having to ride inside all winter might also just look into buying a fatbike.

Source: Activetainment via Engadget

The world's most awesome bike simulator - The ebove ™ B \ 01 Bike.

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habakak
People who ride indoor bikes do so for fitness, not for fun. In winter time most of these people train their aerobic base, so it's about riding steady and at a lower output. No need to go up and down and change output levels, etc. The focus is on aerobic endurance.
And the people who don't care about fitness and just ride for fun, don't want to ride indoors. No reason to stop riding outside in the winter. Occasionally it will be too snowy or icy or too cold for some, but for the most part you do it because you love it and the elements won't really stop most.
So this product doesn't have much of a market. But I can see how some would like it. More options is not a bad thing. Good luck.
David993
Well, I suppose this is a solution for those who have to stay at home? Personally, even in the depths of WInter I am exceeding 200 kms per week on mainly dry tracks in the Algarve! We have had some really cold days recently + 12 degrees, but I'm still ok in cycling shorts!