SPIN­NING OUT

THE TRA­DI­TIONAL SPIN BIKE HAS TURNED INTO A HI-TECH IN­TER­AC­TIVE TRAINER – AND THE ICG IC8 IS ONE OF THE BEST.

Bicycling (South Africa) - - Gear - WORDS BY MIKE FINCH PHO­TO­GRAPHS BY JAMES GARAGHTY FTWORLD.CO.ZA R57 429 EXCL. VAT

IIn­door train­ing is be­com­ing more than just that thing you do in win­ter when you can’t ride out­doors. Many top am­a­teur and pro­fes­sion­als swear by the un­in­ter­rupted na­ture of train­ing on a spin bike, spin­ning’s su­per-ef­fi­ciency, and the rel­a­tive ease of just jump­ing on at home, no mat­ter what the weather’s do­ing out­side.

For years, the Wat­tbike has been the ‘go to’ in­door trainer, of­fer­ing a com­bi­na­tion of high-end con­struc­tion, ad­vanced pow­er­me­ter fea­tures and on­line in­ter­ac­tion.

A TOP-OFTHE-RANGE IN­DOOR TRAINER, WITH ALL THE IN­TER­AC­TIV­ITY AND MODS YOU NEED TO TAKE YOUR IN­DOOR TRAIN­ING TO THE NEXT LEVEL.

Wat­tbike took the idea of a sim­ple sta­tion­ary trainer and made in­door cy­cling more than just a train­ing al­ter­na­tive; it be­came a vi­able sole train­ing regime.

Since then a num­ber of brands have brought out smart train­ers and sta­tion­ary bikes, and at first glance the IC8 seemed to be just an­other sta­tion­ary trainer.

But we got to test the bike in our of­fices for a short time, and ex­pe­ri­enced a high­qual­ity, premium prod­uct, com­plete with all the stan­dard mod cons and com­pat­i­bil­ity that mod­ern in­door rid­ers de­mand from a trainer.

For a start, it can con­nect (via a don­gle) to Zwift – a cru­cial fac­tor for most mod­ern in­door bikes.

But that’s just the be­gin­ning: with smart­phone apps and in­te­grated data com­bin­ing crit­i­cal heart-rate and watt-rate un­for­ma­tion (with the force of ev­ery pedal stroke mea­sured sep­a­rately for each leg), the IC8 is the su­per­sonic jet of the in­door train­ing world. Five pro­gram­mable screens, with 40 dif­fer­ent data val­ues, make it in­fin­itely ad­justable and tog­gle-able.

The power me­ter is claimed to be ac­cu­rate to within one per cent, while the driv­e­train feels as re­al­is­tic as re­al­world cy­cling, with free­wheel and coast­ing tech. The app also al­lows rid­ers to share re­sults and work­outs, cus­tomise their own work­outs, and tap into the many free work­out op­tions. The frame it­self has com­fort­able pro-per­for­mance bars – in­clud­ing a TT po­si­tion – and can be ad­justed for any type of rider. THE LOW-DOWN A top-of-the-range in­door trainer, with all the in­ter­ac­tiv­ity and mods you need to take your in­sider train­ing to the next level. It’s ex­pen­sive, but it may just be worth the in­vest­ment.

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