The renamed Rock and Roll – Control and Road Machine – Control now feature dual-platform compatibility with ANT+ and Bluetooth Smart.
October 9, 2018 – Minneapolis, Minn. – Minneapolis-based Kinetic announced the launch of its new Kinetic Control interactive smart trainers featuring hardware and technology updates with ANT+™ and Bluetooth® communication protocols.
The lineup includes the Rock and Roll – Control, Road Machine – Control and Kinetic Control Power Unit, a standalone resistance unit upgrade available for most current and older Kinetic trainer frames.
The updated Control interactive-trainer lineup features a dual-band chip that in addition to being able to pair with training software on phones and tablets, will also pair with cycling computer head units and software run on a PC or a Mac and allow customers to connect with virtually any training app.
“Customers expect flexibility and device compatibility,” said Sales Manager, Jason Overman. “A customer might use a computer or smart phone with a popular app and simultaneously collect data with a Garmin™ cycling computer. The new Control trainers are totally standards compliant which means you download your favorite app and your trainer works.”
Control trainers, formerly called “Smart Control” also offer a lighter flywheel for better responsiveness in training apps and to minimize tire slip. Other internal updates include improved power-curve accuracy and a retooled speed sensor for even greater accuracy.
“With more cyclists opting to ride virtual races in apps like Zwift, we found that a lighter flywheel made our trainers more responsive to accelerations and decelerations in the game,” said Marketing Manager, David Simpson. “Zwift racing is quite similar to outdoor group riding in that small speed adjustments help riders maintain pack position. Nobody likes getting dropped, virtually or otherwise, and the flywheel change helps with game control.”
Kinetic provides a free 6-month Smart subscription for the Kinetic Fit power-training app with any Control Power Unit or Control trainer purchase. Featuring video integration and personalized power training, Riders from beginner to pro can choose from more than 200 individual workouts and 28 specific training plans designed by professional coaches.
Like all Kinetic trainers, each new model also works with virtually any bike, including those with thru-axles, internally-geared hubs and wheels as small as 16 inches with an adapter kit. Kinetic Control models include a lifetime frame warranty and a two-year warranty on electronics.
Kinetic is also working out details on a Smart Control upgrade program that will roll out this November. For a modest cost, the upgrade program will allow owners of older interactive Smart Control trainer models to upgrade their resistance units to the new Control trainer dual chip design and smaller flywheel.
The new Control trainers are available now through Kinetic retailers in the US and Canada and coming soon online at kurtkinetic.com.
Rock and Roll – Control (Model # T-6500): The Kinetic Rock and Roll | Control is the only interactive, app-controlled electronic trainer that allows your bike to move with you for a more realistic road feel AND a stronger core. A heavyweight flywheel and super-quiet operation provide a realistic road feel. App-controlled, interactive resistance produces accurate and repeatable data. The Kinetic Rock and Roll | Control pairs to apps like Kinetic Fit, Zwift, TrainerRoad, Rouvy, Kinomap,The Sufferfest and FulGaz via ANT+™, ANT+™ FE-C, and Bluetooth® FTMS on connected smart phones, tablets and laptops. Backed by the cycling industry’s best lifetime warranty. MSRP: $749 USD
Road Machine – Control (Model # T-6400): Take your indoor training to the next level with an interactive trainer that combines our best-in-class frame and our breakthrough electronic resistance unit. Whether you are doing interval workouts or climbing a virtual volcano, the Road Machine | Control delivers quiet, powerful performance. A massive flywheel and super-quiet operation provide a realistic road feel. App-controlled, interactive resistance produces accurate and repeatable data. The Kinetic Road Machine | Control pairs to apps like Kinetic Fit, Zwift, TrainerRoad, Rouvy, Kinomap,The Sufferfest and FulGaz via ANT+™, ANT+™ FE-C, and Bluetooth® FTMS on connected smart phones, tablets and laptops. Backed by the cycling industry’s best lifetime warranty. MSRP: $569 USD
Kinetic Control Power Unit (Model # T-6300): The Kinetic Control Power Unit installs in minutes and is the most affordable and convenient option for upgrading any Kinetic Rock and Roll or Road Machine trainer frame to our most advanced, interactive, app-controlled power training experience. A massive flywheel and super-quiet operation provide a realistic road feel. App-controlled, interactive resistance produces accurate and repeatable data. The Control Power Unit pairs to apps like Kinetic Fit, Zwift, TrainerRoad, Rouvy, Kinomap,The Sufferfest and FulGaz via ANT+™, ANT+™ FE-C, and Bluetooth® FTMS on connected smart phones, tablets and laptops. MSRP: $439
Founded in 2000, Minneapolis-based Kinetic designs, manufactures and distributes premium leak-proof cycling trainers, including the iconic Rock and Roll, the only free-moving Smart trainer on the market today, along with the innovate Kinetic Fit power-training application and multiple cycling and training accessories. Kinetic is a division of Kurt Manufacturing and is sold in 36 countries worldwide through a large network of independent bike stores and international distributors. More information is available at https://kurtkinetic.com.
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