Rac­er­mate Com­pu­trainer

$2,034 PUCK COM­PU­TRAINER $1,862 MAG­NETIC SEN­SOR

Triathlon Magazine Canada - - FEATURES - KM

FOR 30 YEARS the Com­pu­trainer from Rac­er­mate has been the gold stan­dard of the bike trainer in­dus­try, pos­si­bly the most ac­cu­rate and durable trainer on the mar­ket. The folks at Com­pu­trainer cre­ated the first wind­trainer back in the 1970s, then started the elec­tronic trainer era with the first er­gome­ter avail­able to the pub­lic for in­door train­ing. Orig­i­nally geared to­wards cy­clists, it didn’t take the com­pany long to fig­ure out that triath­letes were their best clients, and Com­pu­train­ers quickly be­came a stan­dard ac­ces­sory for triath­letes around the world.

It is not un­usual to meet ath­letes who have had a Com­pu­trainer in their base­ment for 15 to 20 years. The train­ers are vir­tu­ally in­de­struc­tible and can al­ways be up­graded to the lat­est version. The soft­ware has gone from prim­i­tive 2D graph­ics to live video cour­ses over the years and you can down­load or pur­chase al­most ev­ery Ironman or Ironman 70.3 course in the world, a great way to pre­pare for a race. Com­pu­trainer also pro­vides an in­no­va­tive Spin­scan pro­gram that al­lows you to mon­i­tor your pedal ef­fi­ciency and make marked im­prove­ments on your cy­cling. A few years ago the release of the Com­pu­trainer One soft­ware made it much eas­ier to use al­most all of the fea­tures avail­able for the Com­pu­trainer, in­clud­ing cour­ses, pacers and multi-rider com­pe­ti­tions. The ac­cu­racy of the Com­pu­trainer makes it a great tool for test­ing, too, so you can keep track of your im­prove­ments along the way. The com­pany is so sure you’ll see im­prove­ments that it of­fers a money back guar­an­tee if you don’t im­prove your power by 20 per cent and your speed by four to six km/h.

But things have be­come a lot more com­pet­i­tive in the trainer mar­ket over the last few years and many of the Com­pu­trainer fea­tures that were once in­dus­try-lead­ing like ped­alling ef­fi­ciency, left and right ef­fi­ciency and power com­par­isons, a va­ri­ety of cour­ses, along with all the power met­rics are stan­dard on other high-end train­ers, too, which seemed to hurt the pop­u­lar­ity of the Com­pu­trainer in the triathlon com­mu­nity.

Some new in­no­va­tions due be­fore the end of the year are likely to put Com­pu­trainer back at the cut­ting edge of the trainer in­dus­try, though. (And, as men­tioned, all Com­pu­train­ers will be up­grade­able to be able to uti­lize th­ese fea­tures.) The in­cor­po­ra­tion of Wifi and Blue­tooth will make the Com­pu­trainer a more pop­u­lar op­tion for those who have been drawn to­wards units with easy con­nec­tiv­ity and put Com­pu­trainer back at the top of the in­dus­try.–

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