So, you've decided to Suffer with a CycleOps Trainer. Marvelous! We hoped you picked worthy trainers like the Magnus or Hammer. This article will guide you through the basic setup of the CycleOps smart trainers and the steps you need to take in order to get the most out of your trainer and your Suffering.
You have taken the CycleOps trainer fresh out of the box and are ready to go. Not so fast! There are a few things you need to do before you begin your journey into Sufferlandria in search of Honor, Pain, and Glory. First, we recommended you perform your first spin down calibration with the CycleOps Virtual Training (CVT) App. Spin down improves the accuracy of power readings by determining the power required to overcome friction in the bearings of the trainer and by reseting the trainers internal map it uses to calculate power. Performing a spin down test will also help ensure that everything is working as it should and the Couchlandrians didn't sabotage your trainer on its way to your Torture Chamber.
Here is a quick guide to navigating the CVT App for your first spin down test.
1. Go to the CVT App and select "Settings".
2. Next, pick "Virtual Bike".
3. Next, make sure your Magnus is plugged in. You may need to turn the wheel to wake up your trainer, or yell, "Wake up!" really loudly. they you will select the Magnus.
4. From here, select "Calibrate Trainer" to start the factory calibration procedures.
Now that you are all connected open up The Sufferfest Training Centre app. Select the video that you want to play. You'll enter the Ride Check screen where you can connect to power, heart rate, and cadence sensors. The first section we are going to click on is the "Power" section. If the app connected automatically to a sensor that is NOT called "FE-C Bike Trainer", then close that connection out by hitting the (x).
FE-C is a version of the ANT+ communication protocol that allows fitness equipment (FE) like trainers be controlled (C) by third-party applications. The Magnus will report to the The Sufferfest app in two ways. As an FE-C controllable trainer or as a simple power meter. If you want to use your trainer like a conventional fluid trainer where you have to shift to change resistance but still want your power readings displayed and recorded, then the Bike Power selection can be used. However, if you want to use ERG mode and have the Minions in the Machine control the resistance of your trainer to match the workout profile, you should use the FE-C Bike Trainer option. Selecting "Bike Power" will only report power.
After selecting the FE-C trainer, verify that everything is working by pedaling your bike and verifying that power is being reporting. You will also have the option to select the control dropdown menu where it says "ERG". ERG will control your smart trainer. You can select a Standard Mode for your smart trainer using Level 0 - 9. This will turn your smart trainer into a standard trainer by applying a fluid resistance curve. Why would I want to do that? Some videos like "Rubber Glove" are better done with a standard resistance. This allows you to squeeze the maximum amount of suffering out of your legs during your 20 minute test. Furthermore, other videos that require 5 seconds intervals may be better suited for a standard mode as the ERG function doesn't react as quickly.
The last section we need to look at is the cadence section. Some trainers, like those from TACX, report cadence without the need for an additional cadence sensor on the crank. You may see your Magnus trainer showing up as a device in the Cadence menu. It's a vicious lie. The Magnus does not have the ability to report cadence information. You will need a separate cadence sensor if you want to display and record your cadence during a Sufferfest workout. So save yourself frustration later, make note of the 5-digit code next to your Magnus trainer in the cadence menu. That number is the sensor ID. If you think you've connected another cadence sensor but it's showing that sensor ID, that's the Magnus hogging the connection. X out the Magnus and select your other cadence sensor.
The last word of advice with the CycleOps Magnus is to keep your tire pressure consistent for every Sufferfest workout. Spin down calibrations only need to be done once every few months, so don't worry about in any more often than that. Inconsistent tire pressure, however, will have a dramatic effect on power readings, and can cause some very strange power reporting. Make it a habit of checking your tire pressure every time before you enter Sufferlandria and getting out the old floor pump if you notice a change.
Below are common problems that users have connecting Elite Trainers. Click on the problem that you are having to go into that troubleshooting article.
- ANT+ Dongle Not Being Detected or no FE-C trainer?
- ERG Mode Not Working For You?
- Sensors Keep Dropping Out/Losing Connection?
- Speed and Distance Calculations are off?
If you are still having problems connecting your CycleOps Magnus contact TheMinions@TheSufferfest.com. We're here to help you Suffer.