Just a few of the major changes I am absolutely excited about are for the person who gets on the Spinner® to better themselves through the Spinning® Program. Star Trac has Increase the authenticity of the ride by improving bike fit and overall biomechanics on many levels when it comes to this.
|Spinner® Blade Ion with power measurement coming soon!|
So for those of us who actually care about the transition from our road bikes to the indoor group cycling bike... This is a good thing! The older bikes aren't bad in terms of Q factor numbers, but if it can be changed and made more like a real bike, I'm all for it. The New bikes QF is still wider than a high end road bike but it is much closer to what is out there and what people are dealing with on outdoor bikes. It wasn't until now that people even thought about Q factor on group stationary bikes.
-So if your trying to over think this and trying to say this isn't a good thing... Do remember one thing... Indoor cycling bikes are NOT designed to fit EVERYONE perfectly and they won't for many reasons. I personally think this is a huge step in the right direction in terms of design. Engineers are looking to make the Spinner® bikes "closer" to a real bike than a piece of fitness equipment without adding things that wouldn't be safe or just a waste of time. A little change in Q factor for the masses that have been for the most part, on really wide bikes compared to outdoor bikes, is not a bad idea at all for many many reasons. A Q factor of 160mm is narrow in the INDOOR cycling world but NOT in the OUTDOOR cycling world.
From Chris Balser: I was recently asked my opinion on optimal tread or "Q-Factor" (by another indoor cycling site), and I believe that my response was slightly misleading. I do not endorse 175mm distance over 160mm for cycling.
My findings suggest pedal-to-pedal distance is optimal when equal to greater-trochnanter and tibial-tuberosity (with movement). This means that your foot is under your knee, which is under your hip -- like walking. Variation inside or outside these parameters will reduce effective force, and increases probability for injury. It also just feels better.
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What's real funny is some so called "performance" indoor cycling bikes are more than 175mm wide! They are even as high as 190mm or more! Kinda makes you wonder who is building these bikes. Not cyclists!
Without a doubt group indoor cycles have gone through an evolution in the past decades and the geniuses of most of the components are still grounded in traditional bike parts. We continue to learn that road and mountain bike components do not stand up to the stationary fixed gear systems that are found in group indoor cycles. Star Trac has reacted to this reality through designing components that are actually engineered specifically to meet the demands of this category. One such component Star Trac has designed on the new Spinner® Blade, NXT, and Pro is the patent pending drive train, that will far surpass anything on the market today in regards to strength. The all new bottom bracket in each of these bikes has been increased in size from the current Spinner® bikes and uses a bombproof Morris taper at the connection points to the crank arms. Star Trac has done their homework on this and I'm happy to know that the engineering is going into this kind stuff!
Corrosion resistance has also been taken to a whole new level through much higher quality paint preparation and powder coating processes. We will be Zinc platting our steel frames on the new NXT and Pro vs the industry standard Zinc rich primer that will give us rust protection that exceeds current industry competitive standards.
|New plastic leveling feet.|
Bottom line... Star Trac has improved almost everything on the bikes, and Spinning® will continue to maintaining our position as the number one group indoor cycling company. We have really listened to the Spinning® community and are trying to react with the designs that will make their experience better for the right reasons!
|A bike that is engineered to last.|
ROCK ON STAR TRAC! KEEP UP THE AMAZING WORK!