If you want to outfit your Torture Chamber with a dedicated spin bicycle you won't be starved for choices. However, not all models are compatible with third-party training apps like The Sufferfest Training System. The Minions at Sufferlandrian Services are constantly at work, researching indoor bicycle options daily to see what is and is not compatible. If you have questions about whether your particular spin bike will be able to utilize all the functionality of The Sufferfest Training Centre, send us an email at TheMinions@TheSufferfest.com and we will get to work adding it to this list.
SufferHacks! Getting the Most Out of Your Older / Non-smart Spin Bike
Even if your spin bike is a rudimentary, garage sale special there are still ways to take make use of some of the advanced features of The Sufferfest Training Centre.
- Connect your ANT+ or Bluetooth Smart heart rate monitor to The Sufferfest Training Centre. This will allow you to utilize the heart rate zone feature to measure your efforts...assuming the monitor can handle the full force and fury of your Sufferlandrian ticker. Go to Compatible Sensors to see what heart rate sensors are compatible with The Sufferfest Training Centre. For instructions on connecting your heart rate monitor see Connecting ANT+ Devices.
- Mount an older speed/cadence sensor to your spin bike. Sufferlandrians are a resourceful bunch, and many have taped or glued speed and cadence sensors to older spin bikes. It might not be pretty, but it works.
- Mount a pedal-based power system on your spin bike. Nearly all spin bikes are compatible with standard 9/16" x 24TPI bicycle pedals. This gives you the option to install a pedal-based power meter like the PowerTap P1 pedals, or the Garmin Vector system. Voila! You have yourself a smart trainer.
Stages is well-known for their crank-based power meters. They also make high-quality indoor cycling bicycles at at a variety of price points and feature sets.
The SC1 is Stage's entry level indoor cycling model. It does not come standard with a power meter. You will need to upgrade to the power meter option in order to use the SC1 with The Sufferfest Training System (or use one of our SufferHacks above).
The Stages SC2 is a more full-featured version of the SC1. However, Just like the SC1 the SC2 lacks an integrated power meter. You will need to upgrade to a Stages crank-based power meter to transmit power data to The Sufferfest Training System.
The Stages SC3 bike is the Maserati of Stages indoor cycling lineup. It comes standard with a crank-based power meter and a head unit to display cycling data. This bicycle will work directly with The Sufferfest Training System, no upgrades required.
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BH Fitness Dual i.Spada WH930U
Not supported at this time and we are unsure when we will be able to support BH in the future.
CycleOps Indoor Cycles
The Cycleops 300 and 400 models should transmit as a power meter using an ANT+ Connection. However, we have no smart trainer control at this time. We are also not sure when we will have time to support these models in the future. Any models from 2012 or earlier will not work.
The Cycleops Phantom 500 will display power with The Sufferfest Training System. However, we cannot control the power on this bike unless CycleOps adds FE-C trainer control software. Their communications software is built specifically for the CycleOps Virtual Training App. We may have the opportunity to support these cycles down the road, but we need to build the specific CycleOps protocol for this cycle.
Schwinn AC Performance Cycles
At this time, Schwinn does not transmit power data with their Echelon 1 Head Unit. Their console is only a receiving station and their bicycles will not work with The Sufferfest Training System. However, the new Echelon 2 head unit will transmit power and cadence data over ANT+ Channels. You only need an ANT+ receiver.
Keiser Indoor Spin Cycles
The older Keiser bicycles do not transmit any data, so you cannot connect directly to The Sufferfest Training System. The new m3i does transmit data over bluetooth. There is a standard bluetooth protocol for power meters, but the m3i is not using that standard. That is because the standard bluetooth power meter protocol does not allow them to add all of the additional information that their bike computer produces, or integrate with additional equipment. We can load the specific bluetooth protocol for The Sufferfest Training System. However, we do not know when we will find time to support this indoor cycle.
Kettler Racer 7
This indoor cycle is not supported at this time and we do not know when we will support it in the future.
Is your bike not listed? That means we most likely don't support it. However, if you do have a bike that is not listed and it is working with The Sufferfest Training System, please send us an email at email@example.com. Some indoor bike companies are making updates to their consoles in 2017/2018 to include broadcasting an ANT+ signal. Schwinn recently did this by building the Echelon 2 head unit.