Introducing the Matchrider
"A new breed in cyling simulation that delivers what others have only claimed".
A ride that feels like you’re actually out on the road and allows you to ride toe-to-toe with the Pros. To do this, we’ve reimagined the two fundamental parts of any high-end trainer, the hardware and the software. The Matchrider has dispensed with classic A-frame designs or rear wheel removal and instead uses a new system that is gentle on the bike and feels far more natural to ride. In turn, our built in software runs Matchfiles that capture not just video data of iconic rides, but performance data as well, so that you can precisely match ride conditions and tactics.
Small wonder that Robbie McEwen, our resident expert and tester-in-chief, has called the Matchrider, a ‘game changer’.
Let's take you through in a bit more detail
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 Foil, 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 provided 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. And 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 stabilirty control
- Stimulation of the kinetic chain
- Precision software and hardware
- Ability to ride like a pro
- Or simply create your own files
The Matchrider is a revolutionary cycling simulator and the complete re-imagine of the traditional “indoor trainer”. Loaded with features for multiple cycling uses it was designed with only one thing in mind. "to be the road". Something which we have proudly accomplished in this unique design. Whether learning to ride or training for competition, the Matchrider is the ultimate platform for riding safely indoors for hours with all the biomechanical advantages of riding on a road. It’s unique ability to support natural motion without constraining the rider or their bike is extraordinary and the cornerstone of what makes the Matchrider such a stand alone platform. It simly allowes any one to ride any bike inside exactly as they would outside.
It's superior road feel is based on advanced technology featuring state of the art mechanical, electronic and software capabilities including unique user media files “Matchfiles”. Users can now ride and train just like the Pro’s on any bike. There is no fixed wheel or A-frame constraint, you simply get on and ride. Simplicity is testimony to its sophistication.
Delivering on “all” features other indoor bike training equipment can only claim, with precision & performance at its core, the Matchirider possesses the only known geometry which simulates a real riding environment. One of the ways it achieves this is 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 allow the energy of the rider to be dispersed naturally ensuring the bike does not slip and the tyres wear naturally.
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 (an interactive broadcaster), the Matchrider is part of a wider product offering where users are given real time tools for matching personal performance to that of their heroes. In Pro-cycling and Triathlon, users may engage either by viewing or matching (data embedded POV vision) “Matchfiles” created during specific training sessions or in competition. Users who have purchased a “Matchrider” can use Matchfiles to learn, train or match their performance with a higher degree of relativity. Elite or pro Matchfile programs can be created by athletes, their trainers, athletic directors or coaches but can also be created by users and shared within their social network community.
In order to realistically experience the true sensation of a ride from a point of view file, a platform requires both mechanical flexibility and the highest accuracy in calibration by hundreds of times per second. Unlike other interactive products which simulate environments without incorporating true environmental riding conditions, the Matchrider accurately interprets real environments created by "Matchfiles". The Matchrider is 72 pounds (35kgs) of Aluminum & Brass, designed from automotive ingenuity and bult to aircraft level tolerances. It is CNC precision manufactured from solid billets with an array of proprietary software electronics making it the most superior road bike simulator to hit the market. Leaning, standing up, sprinting, are all effortlessly possible.
“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"...
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