A Revolutionary New Design
Gentle on your bike, so you can ride as hard as you like. Even if you can’t get out on the road, you still want to ride your favourite bike, whether that’s a prized S-works, or a much-loved BMX. Previous trainers have tended to use A-frames or wheel-off designs which, no matter how smooth your pedal stroke or how well-dampened the device, will put stress on your bike’s frame. The Matchrider has eliminated this issue with a bold piece of design. Our frame mount is connected by 3 rubberised, aluminium cradles that are attached to your bottom bracket and down tube with nylon straps. They’re fully adjustable, so you can avoid bottle cages, pumps and batteries without difficulty. Better still, the mount isn’t weight-bearing. That job is done by your bike’s own wheels, which rest on a set of rollers at the rear and a cradle at the front. For the first time ever, this means that you can ride as hard as you like on your favourite bike, without worrying about whether your frame is going to suffer, even if you’re pushing over a thousand watts like Robbie. The rear wheel will be spared as well. The polyurethane rollers are as forgiving as a tarmac road - without the potholes, of course.
A natural & realistic way to ride
We didn’t just want you to ride hard, we wanted to produce a ride that felt like you were out on the road, even when you’re inside.
So the Matchrider has a number of design elements to do just that:
- Real road feel
- Variable stability control
- Stimulation of the kinetic chain
- Precision software and hardware
- Ability to ride like a pro
- Or simply create your own files
What is the Matchrider?
The Matchrider is a revolutionary cycling simulator, which completely reinvents the traditional indoor trainer. It was designed with only one thing in mind: "to be the road". Its unique, breakthrough design, which dispenses with fixed wheel or A-frame constraints, supports natural motion without constraining the rider or their bike. This allows you to enjoy the same biomechanical benefits as you would on the open road, even while you’re riding safely inside.
The Matchrider also possesses unique geometry through equal load bearing and weight distribution across both wheels. The entire bike moves under a rider, effortlessly releasing biomechanical energy from the rear wheel the same way as a bike does on the road. The wide diameter of the rollers allows the energy of the rider to be dispersed naturally, ensuring the bike does not slip and the tyres wear naturally.
This superior road feel is also delivered by state-of-the-art mechanical, electronic and software capabilities. These include unique user media files, called “Matchfiles”, which precisely capture multiple data inputs from actual rides. The Matchrider’s incredible sophistication is only matched by how simple it is to use.
"Training on fixed wheel trainers, cycling simulators, roller systems, spin-bikes and many of the gimmick based cycling fitness apparatuses, will be quickly challenged by the Matchrider's unique design characteristics and will forever change how we all enjoy safe cycling indoors".
Designed by SBI Media for Matchsports (a leading interactive broadcaster), the Matchrider is part of a wider product offering. Users are given real-time tools for matching personal performance to that of their heroes. Data embedded, POV vision Matchfiles created during specific training sessions or in competition by Pro Cyclists, Triathletes or other cyclists give you the opportunity to learn, train or match their performance with a higher degree of relativity. You, or your coach, can even create your own Matchfile programs that are precisely calibrated to your unique requirements and share them on any social networking platform.
Unlike other interactive products which simulate environments without incorporating true environmental riding conditions, the Matchrider accurately interprets real environments created by Matchfiles. It is CNC precision manufactured from solid billets with an array of proprietary software electronics and calibrated to hundredths of a second, making it the most sophisticated road bike simulator to hit the market.
“The simplicity of this sophistication is evident on the reactions of experienced, avid cyclists when they take the Matchrider for a test spin as after a few minutes of riding, the platform simply disappears from beneath"...
Platform meets application
With the ablity to create a true road feel indoors comes the opportunity explore how it can be used. Our team has worked tirelessly in developing 3 dedicated application modes. Diverse in functionality each mode offers endless usage possibilities that are a direct result of the Matchriders precision electronics and unique "Matchfiles".
1. Manual 2. Matching 3. Virtual
The Matchrider can be used for training, fitness, rehabilitation or even virtual racing. All 3 modes are available for individual use or within networked environments. Sessions can be private either at home and hotel rooms or public such as a franchised gyms or concept fitness stores. There will also be access to global libraries of professionally created (environment) interval files and users will also be aable to create their own files which they can share across social networks. Whether matching or training, the Matchrider can be used on it's own or in grouped training sessions. Training can be available in gyms via closed circuit training environments and in future via virtual racing leagues.
One of the main DIFFERENCES of the Matchrider is the ability to create resistance by manual input control of multiple environmental conditions and as we emphasize the focus on “creating one’s own environment”. This is much different and far superior to simple training programs and is what differentiates the Matchrider from all other “same/same” product/trainers. The Matchrider’s training intervals can be customized with full input access to user weight, bike weight, all wind impact resistance as well as gradient providing access and control of the complete environment. Therefore when users or coaches want to create complete workouts they now have both the tools to create and the platform to implement/experience.