Train with Power -- The bike integrates a Power Meter Display (watts) with SMR Silent Magnetic Resistance. Power meters are a luxury cycling accessory costing $1500 to $3000 -- an investment not all cyclists make in their training. Power meters provide the purest indicator of cycling performance, providing the cyclist with precise and instantaneous power information.
ProForm individually calibrates the Power Display at the factory to assure precision readouts on each bike. ProForm's software engineer for the Power Meter Display project is a dedicated cyclist and will be riding in his sixth LOTOJA race this fall -- the grueling single-day, 206-mile road race from northern Utah to Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
Freewheel -- One of the keys to high performance on a bicycle is smooth pedaling using the full pedal stroke. The fixed drive on a studio or "spin" cycle encourages your legs to "coast" across the top and bottom of the pedal stroke, so you are encouraged to "mash" the pedals. The free wheel on the ProForm Tour de France acts the same as the free wheel on a standard road bike, so you train your legs to generate power through the full pedal stroke.
Road Bike Real -- Cyclists can choose to use their own saddle and pedals, and make universal adjustments to seat and handlebars.
Configurable Gears -- The new bike also features 30 configurable electronic gears to accommodate preferences for double, triple or compact cranks.
The latest version of ProForm® Tour de France® training cycle is the best way to experience the range of terrain, just like Tour riders, from the first ever routes on Corsica for stages 1 to 3 to the thigh-burning inclines of the high mountain stages. Notably, this year's Tour has slated a double climb of Alpe d'Huez at Stage 18.
The ProForm Tour de France training cycle simulates road biking with three technology innovations: iFit Technology Powered by Google Maps, motorized incline to 20% and decline to 20%, and Intelligent Wind resistance technology with power meter.
iFit Technology -- Riders logon to the iFit.com website to draw a cycling route anywhere in the world using the Google Maps tool. This ProForm bike has a built-in wireless Internet connection so the map is downloaded from iFit.com to the product. Google Street View appears on the product's high-res 7-inch touchscreen and shows a marker that moves to show the rider's progress.
Geo-data imbedded in Google Maps automatically adjusts the cycle's position and resistance to simulate the mapped terrain. Riders can climb up to a 20% incline or race down a 20% decline.
Resistance -- The quest to create an indoor cycle with a smooth, flowing sensation was perfected by ProForm's engineering team, many of whom are cycling enthusiasts. The foremost goal was to simulate the combined resistance from four major factors that affect road cyclists: body size, wind resistance, road grade and tire contact with the road, known as rolling resistance.
ProForm's team met its goals with Intelligent Wind Resistance technology, and combined with iFit Technology and 20% incline to decline, distinguishes this cycle from all bike trainers, indoor cycles or stationary bikes.
First, the rider enters his weight at iFit.com, and then ProForm's algorithms use that data to customize the ride to simulate the full road biking experience.
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