Kinetic revamps interactive trainer lineup with ANT+ and lighter flywheels

By Steve Frothingham

MINNEAPOLIS (BRAIN) — Kinetic has announced a new line of Kinetic Control interactive smart trainers with hardware and technology updates, including dual ANT+ and Bluetooth wireless communication protocols.

The lineup includes the Rock and Roll—Control, Road Machine—Control, and the Kinetic Control Power Unit, a stand-alone resistance unit upgrade available for most current and older Kinetic trainer frames.

The updated Control interactive-trainer lineup features a dual-band chip with ANT+ and Bluetooth, allowing it to pair with training software on phones and tablets, cycling computer head units, and software run on a PC or a Mac.

“Customers expect flexibility and device compatibility,” said Kinetic’s sales manager, Jason Overman. “A customer might use a computer or smartphone with a popular app and simultaneously collect data with a Garmin cycling computer. The new Control trainers are totally standards compliant which means you download your favorite app and your trainer works.”

Control trainers, formerly called “Smart Control,” also offer a lighter flywheel, which the company said provides better responsiveness in training apps and minimizes tire slip. Other internal updates include improved power-curve accuracy and a retooled speed sensor for greater accuracy.

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