"We give you all the tools to interact with this bike, just like you'd interact with your road bike," said Greg Law, Director of Engineering for ProForm, an avid cyclist and four-time rider in LOTOJA. "With this bike, every ride is dynamic. You have to accommodate the changing 'terrain' as it happens, downshifting when you encounter an incline, for example, or adjusting your posture to maintain power when the bike tilts uphill.
"With this bike, the concept of shifting gears becomes super relevant," Law said. "It's not about imagining a hill, then turning a knob or changing speed. We give you 30 gears."
Resistance adjustments on the ProForm Le Tour de France cycle feel more like the mechanical advantage of shifting gears on a road bike. In fact, the resistance adjustments on the ProForm Tour de France training bike are akin to shifting gears. As the rider changes gears, resistance is changed, along with the speed and distance traveled. Progress along a Google Map cycling route drawn with iFit Technology will be affected -- the rider's marker will move more slowly upon shifting down during uphill climbs, for example, reflecting the tremendous effort required.
ProForm's smooth ride comes from electronically controlled touchless magnetic brakes or resistance, which assures the resistance does not change with use, and provides "repeatable resistance" from ride to ride.
Additional features of the Centennial Edition of the ProForm Tour de France bike include:
•Console displays watts, speed, time, gear, cadence, heart rate, percent incline/decline, distance and calories •Interval training screen •iFit.com membership for one year, providing the ability to "draw your own" cycling route anywhere in the world there's a Google Map •Ant+ and BLE wireless chest pulse compatible (receiver included) •iPod® compatible with two 2-inch speakers onboard •Built-in wireless makes the ProForm Le Tour de France bike "smart fitness" equipment and part of "The Internet of Things" trend •Dual water bottle holders in a convenient location on the frame •Compact footprint of 58 inches long by 25 inches wide by 59 inches tall is perfect for city dwellers or second homes •Transport wheels on front of frame for easy movement from room to room
The ProForm Tour de France cycle, Centennial Edition, is available for $2499 for pre-order starting June 29 at www.ProForm.com.
ProForm partnered with Le Tour de France, the world's leading cycling event, to create the official training cycle of the Tour. ProForm is the leading fitness brand in the world, with innovative cycles, treadmills, ellipticals and a complete range of fitness equipment. ProForm partners with best-in-class athletic events to create leading-edge training products. In addition to the Tour de France partnership, ProForm has partnered with the Boston Athletic Association to introduce the ProForm Boston Marathon treadmill. The ProForm brand is owned by ICON Health & Fitness, based in Logan, Utah.
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