CycleOps unveils the Hammer

After decades of technological innovation, five evolutions of smart trainers and millions of pedal strokes, Wisconsin-based indoor bike trainer manufacturer, CycleOps, announced a new kind of indoor riding experience – the Hammer. Designed for cyclists looking to advance into the next generation of virtual trainers that seamlessly integrate with a variety of smart devices and are compatible with virtually every training application.

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The Hammer is a direct drive bike trainer with unparalleled bike compatibility and device connectivity. Bikes with thru-axle widths of 142 or 148, as well as quick release axle widths of 130 or 135 can be easily mounted to the Hammer, future-proofing compatibility for new bike purchases during the life of the trainer. Integrated dual ANT+ FE-C and Bluetooth 4.0 technologies connect The Hammer to more devices and riding applications, including popular training software such as CycleOps’ own VirtualTraining, Zwift, TrainerRoad and more for an immersive and entertaining ride.

 


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Even more impressive is the Hammer’s ability to replicate real world inertia. The heart of the Hammer is its 9 Kilogram precision-balanced flywheel, while its soul is the innovative, fast responding electromagnetic resistance. The result is a direct drive trainer with rapid response resistance, maximum power and the sensation of rolling on smooth asphalt. Its robust design and direct frame-to-trainer contact allows the Hammer to stand up the toughest of riders, up to 2000 watts at 32 kph, and the ability to simulate grades up to 20%. Retail price for the Hammer is $1199.99 USD.

 


“We’ve been producing some of the best virtual trainers since the dawn of this technology,” says CycleOps President, Jeff Frehner. “We care deeply about providing the best, most entertaining bike training experience possible. We are excited to get the Hammer into the pain caves, basements and training spaces of all types of cyclists.”

 

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For up-to-date information on when the Hammer will be available near you, please contact the South African distributor Bicycle Power.






51 Comments

Patchelicious, May 12 2016 07:18

Not sure Savage is going to be pleased about this....

rouxtjie, May 12 2016 07:39

The dual BLE and Ant is step forward from cyclops. Wonder when the rainmaker's review will be out

raptor-22, May 12 2016 07:41

Nice looking machine. Priced similarly to kickr and neo so bike compatibility is going to be key. That 20% gradient simulation is lower than the neo (25%) but higher than kickr (15%) so it's nicely in the middle. Price is competitive so this looks to be a winner if it manages to sinulate actual in road riding as well as neo or kickr. When will demo units be available ?

rouxtjie, May 12 2016 08:02

Nice looking machine. Priced similarly to kickr and neo so bike compatibility is going to be key. That 20% gradient simulation is lower than the neo (25%) but higher than kickr (15%) so it's nicely in the middle. Price is competitive so this looks to be a winner if it manages to sinulate actual in road riding as well as neo or kickr. When will demo units be available ?

Tacx...wont touch it...I know they trying to change their ways(horrendous aftermarket support and closed systems) but little too late.

 

Kickr has been the king for the last couple of years...purely because of of the dual broadcasting tech and compatibility with apps. 

 

The hammer looks it will take the title now given the price and tech. Unless wahoo has an ace up their sleeve

HenkD, May 12 2016 08:15

Looks interesting but for the hardcore cyclist outhere.

BicyclePower, May 12 2016 08:18

Nice looking machine. Priced similarly to kickr and neo so bike compatibility is going to be key. That 20% gradient simulation is lower than the neo (25%) but higher than kickr (15%) so it's nicely in the middle. Price is competitive so this looks to be a winner if it manages to sinulate actual in road riding as well as neo or kickr. When will demo units be available ?

We hoping to get a few units in the coming weeks and testing will be available at our CycleOps VIP Training Hub in Rivonia to start with..... 

 

Having tested the trainer in Switzerland we feel we have something really special. some key features to the Hammer are the true 142mm / 148mm axle compatibility super quiet and it's slim and compact fold up design with integrated front wheel tray.....

rouxtjie, May 12 2016 08:19

Looks interesting but for the hardcore cyclist outhere.

Not really...sure its a considerable investment but I would wager to say the hardcore cyclist probably prefer old school rollers and invest in power meters on the bikes themselves rather than in trainers

 

Smart trainers allows to weekend warrior to do indoor training without it becoming mind numbing. The nice thing about these smart / ergo trainers are that they integrate with apps like trainerroad which gives you one stop shop ito tech and training plans

 

All you have to do is buy a smart trainer, sign up with trainerroad, choose your goal(mtb event / tri / road events) and off you go. Based on your ftp test it will adjust its base, build and specialty phases workouts for your desired outcome. Lets say you want to do go from zero to Sani2c ready. You can choose a base fitness phase of 6 weeks, 8 week short power phase and 8 week mtb marathon speciality phase program. That will ensure you will get the most bang for your buck considering the time you spend training. It will add the workouts to a calendar and adjust the zones as you get stronger while you are progressing.

 

Checkit

https://www.trainerr...m/cycling/plans

Slowbee, May 12 2016 08:31

will these trainers work with a dual suspension bike ?

rouxtjie, May 12 2016 08:38

will these trainers work with a dual suspension bike ?

can't see why not....

BicyclePower, May 12 2016 09:01

will these trainers work with a dual suspension bike ?

Hi, yes The Hammer will work on dual sus bikes...... 

Slowbee, May 12 2016 09:08

just trying to think through if the rear shock movement will influence things at all.

 

but thanks - another option to consider on top of the kickr

rouxtjie, May 12 2016 09:10

just trying to think through if the rear shock movement will influence things at all.

 

but thanks - another option to consider on top of the kickr

you might loose a couple of watts through shock movement but its neither here nor there since it will be consistently loose x watts. Its more important to always train on the dual sus if you have done your ftp test on it. 

raptor-22, May 12 2016 09:11

will these trainers work with a dual suspension bike ?


Not without miracle oval rings

Bateleur1, May 13 2016 07:56

Any idea how the price of Hammer compares to the other models?

Iwan Kemp, May 13 2016 08:06

Any idea how the price of Hammer compares to the other models?

 

Comes in at the same price ballpark as the as KICKR, at $1,199USD/1,199EUR. Local pricing of the Hammer TBC.

BicyclePower, May 13 2016 08:16

Any idea how the price of Hammer compares to the other models?

We expecting the retail pricing of the Hammer to be between R20 - 25 000 however pricing will be confirmed closer to the time of arrival. 

Bateleur1, May 13 2016 08:20

Comes in at the same price ballpark as the as KICKR, at $1,199USD/1,199EUR. Local pricing of the Hammer TBC.

 

Thanks. The USD price is more what I was looking for but will see if it is available here in Germany already.

BicyclePower, May 13 2016 08:26

The Hammer is only expect to ship internationally around Aug / Sept. so won't be in Germany yet. 

Bateleur1, May 13 2016 08:36

The Hammer is only expect to ship internationally around Aug / Sept. so won't be in Germany yet. 

 

Good to know.  I won't be able to afford it before then as well  :whistling:

carbon29er, May 13 2016 09:47

We expecting the retail pricing of the Hammer to be between R20 - 25 000 however pricing will be confirmed closer to the time of arrival. 

 

Quite a range variance R5,000 on R20,000. US1,199 at today's rate would be R18,086 plus 14% VAT of R2,532 gives R20,618. So at R25,000 local buyers would be getting a very raw deal.

Harryn, May 13 2016 10:33

Quite a range variance R5,000 on R20,000. US1,199 at today's rate would be R18,086 plus 14% VAT of R2,532 gives R20,618. So at R25,000 local buyers would be getting a very raw deal.

 

 Are you a Tacx distributor? or do you work for them?

shaper, May 13 2016 10:42

 Are you a Tacx distributor? or do you work for them?

Think he is just stating numbers... so fail to see your line of questioning?

 

I also agree the numbers don't add up to what is being quoted as a local price.  Fine to cover yourself until the trainer is here later in the year, as who knows what the forex rate will be... but would be better to quote nothing until the price is confirmed and units are available.

 

Everyone can work out the cost based on the USD, so if you are saving for one, then you have a good idea of the ball park figure of cash you need to find.

edgarblount, May 13 2016 10:52

Think he is just stating numbers... so fail to see your line of questioning?

 

I also agree the numbers don't add up to what is being quoted as a local price.  Fine to cover yourself until the trainer is here later in the year, as who knows what the forex rate will be... but would be better to quote nothing until the price is confirmed and units are available.

 

Everyone can work out the cost based on the USD, so if you are saving for one, then you have a good idea of the ball park figure of cash you need to find steal.

Fixed.

 

North of 20k is a bit steep. Would love to see what Wahoo brings out this year. Kicker2 perhaps?

carbon29er, May 13 2016 10:55

 Are you a Tacx distributor? or do you work for them?

No. I do neither. But I can't see how US$1,199 turns into R25,000 when distributed by the official distributor who would get a distributors margin from the manufacturer.  Coolheat are the distributor for Tacx. I do trade with them as I do with about 17 other distributors.

 

I am a Tacx Fortius user. But it's time to upgrade so I'm very interested in the new range of direct drive trainers, with and without flywheels.