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Fully adjustable to fit tires from 21mm to 61mm the cradle won’t damage your rim as we grip the tyre not the rim. Dual o-rings to lock the rim into the bracket so it can’t jump out when sprinting. With a 10 degree lock out in both directions you can use this to steady yourself or steer naturally whilst we measure this movement (and tilt angle) as we apply this within our (VR) 3D environment. We have also tilted it to compensate for the front fork angle so your bike won’t twist and strain your frame when steering and as it is attached to the main frame it is level so the weight distribution is evenly over both front and rear wheels. “Exactly as it is on the road”.
If the bike isn’t exactly level then the weight distribution will be effected, un-strapped you have the risk of falling off, being flat it will cause your bike to torsionally twist and risk frame damage and steering isn’t measurable so therefore unable to be used with VR3D software
Designed to adjust to any bike, from the smallest kids bike to the largest of mountain bikes, by simply sliding the inner tube to fit the wheel base length it then locks into place to secure your bike. The added benefit is that it also doubles as an arm to tilt and move the Matchrider around the house, without the need to lift but rather take advantage of the rear rollers.
Yes, it is a quick and easy process to change bikes on and off the Matchrider so they can be shared among all the family. The only limitation will be not being able to ride together if you want to train as a group within the family.
With our patented design, the Matchrider has freedom of movement sideways of up to 4 degrees allowing the natural riding motion that occurs on the road. With this also comes instability and the need to balance. To assist, we have designed an adjustable stability control, from a rigid setting that provides the stability of a traditional A frame home trainer to the other extreme of no assistance to give you the feel of rollers except with the build in safety limit of 4 degree lock out. You can adjust this to the feel you are comfortable. The default setting is stable so you can get use to the feel and progress to your own skill/balance level.
The Matchrider pivots from both wheels, supported from the central frame (clamp), as you do on the road. Sideways movement without forward momentum is a difficult sensation to achieve, yet the Matchrider has achieved this and feels completely natural as the flex is as a bike is designed, when peddling on the right the bikes leans left and vice versa, this can only be successfully achieved when the weight is distributed through the wheels and leant via the bikes frame.
All other systems artificially try to replicate this via different unnatural pivot points. The Matchrider also has the natural movement that results in the dispersant of the “flex energy” our the rear wheel, as a bike is designed. You can see this with the rear wheel movement across the rear roller (see video). Other exercise machines and sprung “A frames” all pivot from the rear axle so it is more of a sliding movement, not the movement of a bike on the road.
As there is no weight on the bottom bracket of the bike (all weight dispersed to the wheels) so the clamping system is simply there to stop you falling sideways off the bike. To ensure that the frame doesn’t slip off the (four) rubber pads we designed a ratchet system to fit all bike designs and be locked in securely. The adjustable straps can be wound to length and finely adjusted to the locking position with the brass ratchet. The system is rated to 150kg, designed to hold the full side weight of the largest rider on even a high end carbon race frame without fear of any bike damage. Total setup is less than 2 minutes.
Both the bottom bracket mount and the first rubber are in a fixed position to wedge the front of the bottom bracket hinge on the underside. The strap will self align to the correct position. The other two rubbers are adjustable to slide to any position within the rod length. The strap and hook are thin so in most cases can feed under a bidden cage but if not then can be positioned between the cages, battery or pump mounts. The only exception to this is if the Di2 or EPS older version batteries are mounted under the bottom tube or on the bottom bracket, this will obstruct the clamp. Recent versions don’t commonly position batteries here any more.
With a built in universal power supply to work in any country using a standard 3 pin cable. The Matchrider has its own custom electronics to run the drive roller as well as a build in computer, all connecting wirelessly to any smart phone/tablet as the controller. We feed back to you cadence, left/right peddle strokes, speed and power. The computer has onboard memory to store your Matchfiles and HDMI out for displaying on a larger screen (cable or wireless dongle). There are USB ports to charge your phone and attach an Ant+ dongle if you want to display your Heart rate. It is also Oculus ready (3D VR world) for all future developments.
The Matchrider will work out of the box as a basic ergo machine, to access all it’s functions you will need a smart phone/tablet. We support both IOS and Android platforms.
Contained within the front roller is an electric motor that can produce more than 2100 watts and 109 kph. Enough to outride any cyclist! More than 500 times a second (@30kmph) it pulses/ brakes to generate an accurate and smooth environment. It simulates whatever input you desire, Manual inputs, Matching (Matchfiles) or a 3DVR world, it can simulate them all. Full adjustable to position the rear wheel between both rollers so the rubber surface can grip and drive/resist as required. With all the bike/rider weight through the tire there is no slippage. The Matchrider is a 35kg platform stable enough to support all your movements.
We have selected the rubber on the rollers to provide good traction as well as not causing excessive wear (pressure spread over both rollers). You should expect no more tyre wear than from riding outdoors. As with outdoors it is important to inflate tires to race pressure as it is a smooth surface and this will assist to reduce tyre wear..... and go faster!!
The Matchrider is built as a platform to substitute the road, so it is solid at 35kg of precision machined aluminum and brass. Being 35kg it is heavy to lift so by adding wheels it is easy to maneuver by lifting the front cradle and rolling into position, with or without the bike attached. For a smaller footprint these wheels are easily removed (multiple unit gym class) and secures the Matchrider solidly into place.
There are two common ways to store the Matchrider, standing up in a cupboard or sliding under furniture. Being a rugged machine it isn’t fragile so by lifting the front arm and sliding it vertically it rests securely against a wall or in a cupboard. Alternatively, remove the central clamp system and this will reduce it’s hight to approx. 35cm and is able to slide under furniture, out of the way. For many, it is a display of precision machining so it is showcased as part of their cycling passion.