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Wattbike Unveils The New Atom Smart Bike

Marking a new era in indoor training, the new Wattbike Atom is Wattbike’s first fully connected, smart bike. The Atom replicates the resistance and sensation of riding on the road, to give cyclists an authentic ride feel,  and allowing them to fine-tune their training and goals and gain invaluable insight into their performance.

Two years in development, Wattbike engineers, worked with bicycle manufacturer Giant and British industrial designers Curventa, created nine prototypes and conducted over 500 hours of testing to produce and fine-tune the Atom.

“The Atom represents a radical step forward for Wattbike. Our first true home trainer, aimed specifically at cyclists, it serves the needs of the connected rider yet retains at its core our commitment to creating the most technically and scientifically advanced products in the world for improving performance.” Richard Baker, Managing Director, Wattbike

Using dynamic magnetic resistance, powered by a step motor, interactive shifters offering 22 gears adjust the resistance to replicate the sensation of riding outdoors. Designed to be used with any tablet, or smartphone device, resistance and power output can be controlled manually to simulate on-the- move gear changes and gradients of between 0-25%.

Alternatively, in ergo mode, target power can be pre-programmed to auto adjust using the Wattbike Hub or by syncing the Atom with third party training platforms, such as The Sufferfest, Zwift, Road Grand Tours or TrainerRoad. Bluetooth and ANT+ enabled, the Atom wirelessly interacts with data sharing platforms, including Strava and TrainingPeaks, GPS devices and heart-rate monitors.

Atom is Bluetooth and ANT+ enabled, and can wirelessly interacts with data sharing platforms, including Strava and TrainingPeaks, GPS devices and heart-rate monitors.

Atom offers a power range of 0-2000 watts and +/-2% accuracy across the full power range. According to Wattbike, Data was sampled 100 times per second and automatically uploaded to your personal Wattbike Hub page for analysis, tracking and sharing.

Bike Features:

  • Resistance Type: Magnetic control
  • Wattage Range  2,000+ watts at +/- 2%
  • Accuracy: +/- 2%
  • Gradient: 0-25%
  • Smart Connectivity: ANT+ FE-C and Smart Bluetooth compatible
  • Total bike weight: 44KG
  • Flywheel: 4.64KG (10.2 lbs)
  • Cranks: 170mm (not adjustable)

The Atom is fully adjustable to closely replicate real bike positioning. The saddle height range is 59-85cm, with a fore/ aft adjustability range of 6cm. The adjustable stem offers a minimum reach of 51cm and a maximum reach of 62cm. Standard width (42cm wide) bars are fully adjustable and can be swapped out for 31.8mm diameter bars.

An adjustable tablet holder, positioned in front of the handlebars, accommodates devices up to and including a 12.9-inch iPad Pro, and two bottle cage holders are fixed inside the Atom’s zinc shield primed steel frame.

The Atom is powered by mains electricity, or from October 2017 by a Wattbike battery pack with a battery life of 36 hours.

NOISE: According to Wattbike, the Atom produces a maximum of 70db at 200W. That’s a little louder than most claims by some of the high-end direct drive smart bike trainers.

COST AND AVAILABILITY

The Wattbike will cost around $2,000 or £1499 if you are in Europe. Currently not available in the U.S.

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