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BKOOL Electronic Training System Premium Trainer

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Stay in and be social.

Many of us at Competitive love the traditional elements of cycling. Mechanical drivetrains, wool arm warmers, steel frames — some things have been around for so long because they just work. When it comes to alleviating the boredom of indoor training, though, we say bring on the innovations. BKOOL happily obliges with the Electronic Training System Premium Trainer, which translates real rides into virtual terrain and actually makes indoor training a social event.

With the optional 3D World subscription, you can compete with up to 100 other athletes at a time, creating your own virtual peloton with leagues, challenges, and rankings over more than 500,000 routes. The 3D World software is also capable of translating routes from GPS files into virtual routes, including landmarks, foliage, and structures. Or, you can upload video of your favorite route and use it as scenery for your winter training sessions. With a corresponding GPS file, the trainer will match the climbs and descents.

One of our favorite features of 3D World is that you can start any of the 500,000+ routes and find yourself riding with other people. That's right: you choose a course, start riding, and encounter strangers. Just like in the real world. Plus, you can engage an optional voice chat feature to have actual conversations with any riders within 50 meters of your virtual position on the virtual course.

Now for the usual trainer info, none of which requires a subscription to 3D World. Since it can provide up to 1200 watts of resistance, the BKOOL is capable of simulating gradients over 20%. Grade changes are handled seamlessly, too, so there aren't any surprise jolts of sudden resistance and you won't find yourself spinning with no resistance after completing a climb. The BKOOL Trainer also records your data to the cloud, so you can analyze workouts, tailor training programs, map work zones, and create fitness tests.

The trainer's power doesn't come at the expense of a noisy workout. It's extremely quiet, emitting a mere 64 decibels, so it's ideal for training in shared living spaces or apartment buildings. You could even shut the blinds to your office and sneak in a discreet lunch-time workout. The trainer size is equally unobtrusive, folding down for storage under a bed or in the back of a closet.

The BKOOL Trainer includes a support stand for your front wheel, a quick release skewer to mount your rear wheel without damaging your regular skewer, a power adapter, and an ANT+ USB stick for a wireless connection to your computer, tablet, or smartphone.

  • Aluminum construction
  • 1200-watt resistance
  • Simulates gradients over 20%
  • ANT+ USB stick for data upload
  • Power adapter
  • Front-wheel support stand and quick-release rear skewer
  • Foldable
  • Optional 3D World subscription includes group rides, voice chat, and real route uploads

Tech Specs

Material:
aluminum
Resistance:
1,200 watts
Foldable:
yes
Recommended Use:
indoor training
Manufacturer Warranty:
2 years

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got a second one for my girlfriend too.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The trainer itself is very good, and adequately stable. The front wheel block should be higher. While not always perfect, the diversity of experiences between 3D and video modes, plus the live and recorded competition, keeps it entertaining. Uploading your own video and gps data adds another dimension. Last year I enjoyed that my lap in Central Park was popular in the network, even if I quickly lost my KOM. Ride gpx files are also exportable for upload to Strava, so friends will think you are a world traveler/ nuts when you "ride" l'alpe d'huez in January. Apparently, it is also now compatible with zwift, if you want to go that way instead/ as well.

Makes indoor cycling much more bearable!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I received my BKOOL Pro about 3 weeks ago and have used it a dozen times. First, it was very easy to set up. All you do is plug the supplied ANT dongle into a spare USB port, download the BKOOL software, enter your specifics, set up the trainer, plug it in, pick a course, and start pedaling. Presto, everything worked perfectly.



It has a map mode, a HD actual video mode, and a 3D simulator ride. You can ride solo or versus others. The map mode is dull (to me) but the video mode is as if you are actually riding a stage in the Vuelta (with spectators) or others of many, many available video courses. The 3D simulator mode I tried was a throw down hard core race versus very strong actual riders. I wonder if I happened on TEAM Spain on a training ride.



I ordered the premium subscription for $12 per month but in the beginning, everything is available free.



I have been using an indoor trainer with every conceivable TV video option for a number of years but the BKOOL rides were the first time I actually felt that riding indoors was actually fun.

Is this the 2014 new Pro version?

Does it come with a year membership of the online premium Bkool site?

Ryan

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I just ordered one from Competitive Cyclist, and inside was a code for 3 months of premium for $0.99, not 1 year of premium at no charge.

I just ordered one from Competitive Cyclist, and inside was a code for 3 months of premium for $0.99, not 1 year of premium at no charge.