Winter training is not for the faint of heart. If your enthusiasm for your carefully crafted training program plummets faster than the stock market, you need something to keep your spirits bright and your gut focused on next year's goals. The CycleOps PowerBeam Pro ANT+ with CycleOps Joule GPS removes the drudgery of winter training with quality training that rivals your outdoor rig.
Starting with the most rudimentary functionality, the PowerBeam Pro Trainer is both foldable and portable. The setup of the base is beyond simple, and with CycleOps' quick-cam locking mechanism, getting the bike in and out of the trainer is a fast process. Basically, all that you need to do is to position your rear axle to the mechanism and then turn a dial. That's it, and you're ready to ride. And once you get going, those around you will be pleased that the PowerBeam Pro is ranked as one of the quietest trainers in the CycleOps lineup. Furthermore, CycleOps states that the PowerBeam Pro is its most stable trainer, leaving you to live in the pain cave during heavy intervals — not worrying that you're going to tip over. However, we still recommend using the Climbing Riser Block if you intend on getting out of the saddle for any duration of time. And even if your floors aren't particularly level, say when you're subjected to the basement, the trainer features a single-leg leveling adjustment in order to compensate for uneven surfaces.
For the actual rolling function, CycleOps included its PowerTuned flywheel. This heavy wheel mimics the feel of rolling by optimizing inertial effect. What does this mean? Inertia is the tendency of an object to resist a change in motion. So, when force is typically applied to a common flywheel, resistance is felt, but dead weight creates dead spots in the wheel's motion. This means that the trainer feels more like you're pushing against a resistant cylinder than riding a bike. However, by precisely tuning the design of the flywheel, CycleOps has eliminated this feeling, and accordingly, it's created a proper, real-world feel. Additionally, the PowerBeam's roller is constructed from smooth, machined alloy that minimizes tire wear and slippage.
Now for the fun stuff. The PowerBeam Pro trainer not only comes with built-in PowerTap power meter, but it's also the ANT+ compatible, CycleOps Joule CPU. With the combination, you gain all of the same functionality of a PowerTap power meter. So, you can view real-time data like your power in watts, power zones, peak power, caloric work in kilojoules, cadence, heart rate, ascent, gradient, time, distance, and way more. Even better, all of this data is transmitted wirelessly with ANT+ technology.
And while all of this is incredible, the standout feature of the PowerBeam Pro has to be its training software capabilities. With this trainer, you gain access to CycleOps' Virtual Training software. This enables you to select from a huge database of rides, or you can set your own ride with either your's or Virtual Trainer's GPS data. Once your ride is selected, you simply download the ride data to your ANT+ stick, select training or race mode, and then the trainer's resistance levels will adjust for the virtual road's gradient and difficulty. On top of this, you can view your route on your computer's display. And when your ride is completed, your data will be stored on your own Virtual Training profile for review or for comparison against others. Basically, the software is simple to use, and takes away much of the inevitable boredom that stems from the hours of staring at a wall while in the saddle.
ThePowerBeam Pro ANT+ with CycleOps Joule GPS is available in one size and in the color Black. The trainer includes CycleOps' Joule CPU, Virtual Training Software, as well as an ANT+ USB stick for wireless PC connection. Please note that the PowerBeam will accommodate both road and mountain bikes, however, 120mm axle spacings are not supported. Sorry track bikes.
Designed for serious cyclists, the CycleOps PowerBeam Pro ANT+ Bike Trainer offers a real road feel and precise control of training variables to maximize efficiency and includes a Joule GPS computer.
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