Known for their high quality Omnium portable trainer, SportCrafters unveiled their prototype HardDrive magnetic floor trainer at this year’s InterBike show.
According to SportCrafters, the HardDrive features an "auto compression" design, whereby the rear roller increases pressure based on torque. Essentially, the trainer utilizes a two stage magnetic resistance device that changes the magnet gap during pedaling to provide smooth, progressive resistance.
SportCrafters’ video demonstrates, not only the effectiveness of drive mechanism, but it’s ability to keep the tire firmly on track. In addition, by using a flywheel that’s geared smaller than the drive drum, cyclist scan experience a "coasting" effect.
The patents for the HardDrive are still pending, so SportCrafters doesn’t expect to bring the new trainer to market until next fall.
At Interbike 2013, SportCrafters introduced the Omnium Trainer – a completely new concept serving traveling cyclists and race athletes. This year, SportCrafters is giving the industry a sneak peek at another new concept that will substantially change our expectations of what a stationary trainer should be.
The SportCrafters HardDrive Trainer (patents pending) will be the first trainer to eliminate the Tension Knob, and replace it with a simple system that both reduces tire wear and ensures that the tire will never slip.
The following is a description of key benefits for the cyclist:
Visit the SportCrafters Interbike booth (#34169) for product demos. The HardDrive Trainer will be available for the fall training season in 2015, with an estimated suggested retail of $499.00.
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