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by Shane Stokes
September 5, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Viviani wins stage two of the Tour of Britain after Boasson-Hagen relegated; Boasson Hagen responds to relegation; Phinney disqualified from Tour of Britain; Dennis out of Vuelta, Frankiny also forced to withdraw; UCI rejects criticism of hidden motor tests, but Stade 2 report raises important questions; Haig extends with Orica-Scott; Gilbert and Van Avermaet named as leaders for Belgian world championship squad; Starting the Race to the Rock with a huge handicap; Tech: Wattbike launches new indoor trainer for home users; Video: Red Hook Crit Barcelona; Video: Orica-Scott Backstage pass from stage 15 of the Vuelta a España; Video: 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour – Boels Rental Ladies Tour, highlights day 6; Video: When roadies go off-road
It has been nine years since Wattbike launched its first indoor bike, a lab-oriented trainer focussed on quantifying multiple aspects of a rider’s pedalling performance. Now the company is moving forward with its first home trainer and smart bike, dubbed the Atom. The new trainer carries out the same range of data acquisition as the original Wattbike trainer — 37 parameters with ± 2% accuracy — at a sample rate of 100Hz. Riders will get data on power, cadence, and pedal stroke analysis while benefitting from Bluetooth and ANT+ connectivity for using training apps like Zwift.
The Atom promises up 2,000W of resistance and can simulate slopes up to 25% via a chain-driven mechanism that comprises a flywheel and a dynamic magnetic resistance unit powered by a step motor. In the absence of the air resistance unit utilised by the original Wattbike, the Atom is very quiet. According to Wattbike, the Atom generates just 70db at 200W.
The drive unit of the Atom is not only quiet, Wattbike also believes that it does a lot to reproduce the real-world cycling experience. To this end, Wattbike has programmed 22 “gears” for manually varying resistance to further replicate the behaviour of a real-world bike.
The Atom has a steel frame with an adjustable saddle position (height, 59-85cm; fore/aft, 6cm) and handlebar reach (51-62cm), however the height of the handlebars cannot be adjusted. The Atom is powered by mains electricity along with an optional battery pack with a promised run time of 36hr.
The expected retail price for the Atom is £1,499 (including VAT) with prices in other regions to be announced. For more information, visit Wattbike.