Train to your potential.
Winter training is not for the faint of heart. If your enthusiasm for your carefully crafted training program plummets faster than the stock market, you need something to keep your spirits bright and your gut focused on next year's goals. The CycleOps PowerBeam Pro ANT+ with CycleOps Joule GPS removes the drudgery of winter training with quality training that rivals your outdoor rig.
Starting with the most rudimentary functionality, the PowerBeam Pro Trainer is both foldable and portable. The setup of the base is beyond simple, and with CycleOps' quick-cam locking mechanism, getting the bike in and out of the trainer is a fast process. Basically, all that you need to do is to position your rear axle to the mechanism and then turn a dial. That's it, and you're ready to ride. And once you get going, those around you will be pleased that the PowerBeam Pro is ranked as one of the quietest trainers in the CycleOps lineup. Furthermore, CycleOps states that the PowerBeam Pro is its most stable trainer, leaving you to live in the pain cave during heavy intervals — not worrying that you're going to tip over. However, we still recommend using the Climbing Riser Block if you intend on getting out of the saddle for any duration of time. And even if your floors aren't particularly level, say when you're subjected to the basement, the trainer features a single-leg leveling adjustment in order to compensate for uneven surfaces.
For the actual rolling function, CycleOps included its PowerTuned flywheel. This heavy wheel mimics the feel of rolling by optimizing inertial effect. What does this mean? Inertia is the tendency of an object to resist a change in motion. So, when force is typically applied to a common flywheel, resistance is felt, but dead weight creates dead spots in the wheel's motion. This means that the trainer feels more like you're pushing against a resistant cylinder than riding a bike. However, by precisely tuning the design of the flywheel, CycleOps has eliminated this feeling, and accordingly, it's created a proper, real-world feel. Additionally, the PowerBeam's roller is constructed from smooth, machined alloy that minimizes tire wear and slippage.
Now for the fun stuff. The PowerBeam Pro trainer not only comes with built-in PowerTap power meter, but it's also the ANT+ compatible, CycleOps Joule CPU. With the combination, you gain all of the same functionality of a PowerTap power meter. So, you can view real-time data like your power in watts, power zones, peak power, caloric work in kilojoules, cadence, heart rate, ascent, gradient, time, distance, and way more. Even better, all of this data is transmitted wirelessly with ANT+ technology.
And while all of this is incredible, the standout feature of the PowerBeam Pro has to be its training software capabilities. With this trainer, you gain access to CycleOps' Virtual Training software. This enables you to select from a huge database of rides, or you can set your own ride with either your's or Virtual Trainer's GPS data. Once your ride is selected, you simply download the ride data to your ANT+ stick, select training or race mode, and then the trainer's resistance levels will adjust for the virtual road's gradient and difficulty. On top of this, you can view your route on your computer's display. And when your ride is completed, your data will be stored on your own Virtual Training profile for review or for comparison against others. Basically, the software is simple to use, and takes away much of the inevitable boredom that stems from the hours of staring at a wall while in the saddle.
ThePowerBeam Pro ANT+ with CycleOps Joule GPS is available in one size and in the color Black. The trainer includes CycleOps' Joule CPU, Virtual Training Software, as well as an ANT+ USB stick for wireless PC connection. Please note that the PowerBeam will accommodate both road and mountain bikes, however, 120mm axle spacings are not supported. Sorry track bikes.
- Compatible with road and mountain bikes (no track bikes)
- Machined alloy flywheel
- Includes CycleOps' Joule CPU, Virtual Training Software, as well as an ANT+ USB
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With the Joule CPU, do you have the ability to set a wattage for the resistance unit, say 200 watts, and, regardless of gear and cadence, you must input (through the pedals, of course) 200 watts in order to turn the crank? In other words, it's like an ergotrainer. Similarly, through the Joule CPU, can you set a slope gradient, say 5%, and simulate a climbing situation? So, does the Joule provide the mechanism to input power and/or slope settings to the resistance unit or does it just read the output from the powertap, cadence, speed and heartrate sensors?
Answered my own question by buying the PowerBeam Pro with Joule GPS. "Yes", to all I asked above. It's a pretty cool setup especially when you use the CycleOps Virtual Training package. The way it works is all based on the wattage you produce. With CVT, you can either let CVT set the wattage or, with the Joule, set watts or slope higher, if you choose. Then, based on the set wattage you are producing, you get a virtual speed which is then based on the actual slope of the ride video. So, at say 215 watts, your virtual speed may be 10 km/h at a 10% slope and as the gradient softens to, say 5% slope in the video, your virtual speed will increase to, say 16 km/h. I replaced a Tacx Vortex with this trainer package. The Tacx head unit (not a storage unit) was easier to use to change from/to slope or power during a (non-virtual) workout and to add/subtract slope or wattage (simply use up/down and left/right buttons on the head unit) vs the Joule (which is a storage unit, by the way; must go through screens to get to settings/training/workouts/manual slope/manual power then add/subtract). One thing I found is the two setups, PowerBeam and Vortex, calibrate exactly: in the same gear and at the same cadence, power and speed are exactly the same at 0% slope.
Does it have the same functionality with...
Does it have the same functionality with a Garmin Edge 510 computer instead of the Joule GPS?
Awesome question. While the Power Beam Pro does come with the Joule appropriate for the best power readings, you can use a Garmin product, but there tends to be more lag time between power readings and there may be chances it is not as accurate as the Joule reading. So definitely something to keep in mind. You can always use the Joule while riding this inside, and carry-on with your Garmin Edge 510 when off it.
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Is is compatible with a MAC or only...
Is is compatible with a MAC or only PC?
Can U ship it to India?
Can U ship it to India?
We are not able to ship to India at present, but please feel free to contact our gearhead team to explore other potential shipping options.
Do you sell the AC/DC adapter for the...
Do you sell the AC/DC adapter for the powerbeam?
I may have an extra one. Do you have the numbers off of yours?
Can you please confirm : 1) CycleOps model...
Can you please confirm :
1) CycleOps model no : _____________
2) can you ship this item to Canada ?
it's a 2014 model and will ship to Canada