Scott Stackwrote a review of BKOOL Wireless ANT+ Trainer on January 24, 2014
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
1st impression: Wow factor upon opening the box ? trainer looks awesome. The matte white finish is easy to clean. The trainer can fit most any wheel diameter. My riding experience on a steep incline with some declining sections felt like the resistance matched exactly to the ride. It really feels like you?re cresting the hill or hitting the bottom of the hill as it appears on the screen.
I really like how simple and easy the simulator (called BSim) is to use. The software communicates with the trainer via the ANT+ Dongle and it?s worth noting the signal can be blocked if you are standing in front of the computer.
I signed up for the premium account ($12/month, no contract) which allows access to 300+ HD videos filmed by BKOOL. HD! The routes/videos can be tailored to fit a variety of training sessions you configure on BKOOL?s website, and then download the session to BSim and start riding.
The feature I?m most impressed with is the community/social aspect. You can join/create groups of riders online; interact with riders like social media, share sessions/rides, and challenge riders. Events can also be created within specific groups and you can simulate a stage race with a general classification.
Your training history can be saved on the site, and in addition to BKOOL?s sessions you can create custom sessions from your own training history. Ultimately there is a ton you can do with their site and software. There is an App out there now, but it?s pretty simple; for example the app will record your training just like strava does and then upload it to your BKOOL account.
A new software version will be available later in the year. This new software (and App) will allow you to run BSim from your smartphone and tablet. In the works is video editing software so you can record your own video, and paired with GPS data you can train on the same routes. The Garmin Virb would be a recommended camera to pair with this software.
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