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I’ve been looking for this type of feature forever. But a few things seems like a deal breaker. That bottom bracket is like 10 inches long. What serious rider rides like that? Its like riding a horse. Also, the infinifit handlebar doesn’t have a drop bar section, not sure how one can do serious sprinting with those web of useless hand positions that’s provided.
The pivot’s 10 deg sway doesn’t seem to be enough for real sprinting. I don’t know if it will feel strange to be bottoming out on the pivot at every stroke of the pedal while sprinting.
There is no fore/aft seat adjustment on the 2 lower models, which seems to be a serious omission, unless they have the seat tube incline angle locked down just right.
Internal planetary gear seems to be made of plastic, not sure how long that would last.
Is this company still in business and manufacturing new bikes? Went to their facebook page and they have posted anything since March 2014. How is the warranty and service handled? Cant be shipping these things back and forth if they break down!
Their website (relayfitness.com) is similarly stale. A fitness equipment reviewer couldn’t reach them (fitprof.net/Product-detail/relay/). The woot prices are good, but I agree about service/parts, particularly on hi-tech components.
Sorry, but it sways the wrong way and does not imitate the climbing motion of a cyclist. A cyclist will pull on the bar opposite of the downward pedal stroke so the bike tilts away from that leg. Just look carefully at the video. If I had this I wouldn’t want the sway feature at all.
A real bike’s pivot point is the ground and the pedal leans in the same direction as the handlebar. The sway pivot for this bike is in the middle of the crank axle, but given the spindle’s width, the pedal also leans in the same direction as the handlebar, albeit with much less movement. If the pivot is above the spindle, I don’t know how it would feel, maybe like you hit a painted line in the wet and is about to slip?
I saw this bike’s swaying action and thought it might be the non professional people that are demonstrating the bikes. The women don’t even sway at the same rate as their cadence. It must be due to the high handlebars, which doesn’t allow them use them as levers, but as something to balance on (that’s my complaint from earlier post).
I notice on spin classes, most people, on standing climbs, will sway their body in the direction of their down-stroke, which just means they are applying force to the pedal thru their body’s as if they are on an elliptical machine. My upper body usually stays still and I feel out of place when the instructor tells swing our upper body. It is only on the high resistance hills or real sprint, does the handlebar pulls come into effect, and given the regular spinning bike’s being stationary, does my shoulder start to rock opposite to the downstroke. I might look like I’m working the least on those standing climbs, but on the power sprints, the bike would contort and I’ll hit RPMs that these non-cyclist, let alone races or sprints, don’t know how to hit. Anyway, the non-leaning ability is my biggest gripe of spinning bikes.
I think its more realistic than RealRyder bikes, since that pivots to simulate turning, but in reality, it does not given that one never feels like falling into the inside on a turn which is what it does when you don’t have centrifugal force acting on your body. Also, the way it pivots (leaning in and above the spindle) and movement of the handlebar would make it feel weird when riding out of the saddle.
I really like the style and look of these bikes. I think the sway idea sounds great at first but after watching the video I don’t think many would like it. They really should have made this to do both. Either lock it so it doesn’t sway or unlock to allow sway. I would really be interested in putting these in a gym but non sway models say they are intended for home use and no one seems to know if this company is still in business or will service these.
The higher end model has a lock feature to disable the sway. It is $100 more than the mid model, which seem lacks a few features like a real saddle and horizontal seating adjustment. The i and ix models’ seats aren’t the replaceable kind, which might be why they aren’t suitable for commercial use. The lock, adjustable, replaceable and real saddle would justify the $100 diff.
For me, the wide width between the pedals (Q factor) is the big factor (in addition to them being around in the next future). A wide stance means you are pedaling with your legs wider than your hips, causing foot, knee or hip issues.
They seem to be 100% owned by Shinn Fu America, which is the Amer subsidiary of parent company which makes automotive hydraulic equipment, and they moved into their parent’s HQ in Kansas City on March 2014. They seem to only have 4 employees, so they are either clearing the inventory in anticipation of shutting the business down or something else, but with $290k in sales, not sure how they can stay afloat.
there is a dealer nearby my house so I checked out the bike. The bike will sway to the side of the downstroke of the pedal like its going to tip over since there is no spinning wheels to want to bring the bike to the upright position. Plus, the handlebar, even at its lowest position, is very high for me, so I have to bend my arms and am unable to leverage it like the way on a road bike. If I do somehow force it, the bike still doesn’t shift to the other side, instead my body would be swinging wildly like the people demonstrating the bikes.
As mentioned, the handlebar rides very high (it being 4-7" above the sliding rail), thus even at its lowest position, it sits significantly higher than the seat for me. But due to the head tube that the stem slides on angling from the crank area, the handlebar will come very close to the seat if it is dropped low, thus necessitating the bars to stretch out really far near the end of its horizontal adjustment, and when that happens, I end up with way too much flex on the bars when doing anything with power off the saddle. I think the cool look V shape of the bike resulted in a comprised spinning bike. If it added some drop bars to that infinibars, it might have worked for me.