Hi, this is Jeff Wimmer from StudioCycles and Studio-Cycles.com and in this short YouTube video I wanna talk about the FreeMotion stages computer and their claim that they have first indoor bike with direct power measurement. Now I’m not an expert in wattage or power output. I grew up racing bicycles. I worked in the bicycle industry for 15-20 years. I raced professionally in my teens and early 20s and I’m considered by many to be the foremost expert in indoor cycles and from a technical perspective I write technical manuals. I’ve done 6 manuals in 10 years that are considered the Bibles in the industry. I’m the only official technical support to Spinning in the world, I mean outside VIP technical consultant to Schwinn and to Star Trac. I began to be a consultant with FreeMotion but I’ve backed off from FreeMotion just because of inconsistencies that I saw and I didn’t like the way that the bikes were coming out of the box. But this, back to the subject, this is a FreeMotion S11.9 and it has the stages computer on it. And FreeMotion claims to have direct power measurement. Now if you’re familiar with PowerTap. PowerTap is a wheel that professional cyclists will use on their bike and it really is direct power measurement. It comes from ground zero, from the hub of the bike and it’s very very very accurate. These are the Keiser M3s and the Keiser M3 Pluses with the new handlebar which some people find very odd. But Keiser is the first company to implement a wattage display on their bikes. Hats off to them for that. And Schwinn has come along 3 years ago with their Empower console and it gives wattage display as well. The Schwinn wattage display is based on basically simple mathematics. The altitude of the magnet basket, RPMs etc. It’s not direct power measurement. Now FreeMotion, they, you’ll see a lot of their ads that says the first bike with direct power measurement. But here’s the thing. If you look at the direct power measurement, they’re measuring from the left side of the crank arm only. If they measured from both cranks and they use a strain gauge in this little black box – my guess is they put it on this side because it’s much cheaper to engineer than trying to build into this side of the bike. Now to get direct power measurement from a unit like this you would have to measure from both sides of the crank arm. Strain gauge on the left. Strain gauge on the right. So with that being said get on the bike and we’ll engage the drivetrain – power up the computer – lot of folks are confused by the fact that the first thing to pop-up is USB which doesn’t mean anything. It will function and wake up. Now if you passed the warm up phase then it gives you your data and if you engage the magnet basked you’ll see that the watts start to show. Now I am pedaling with both legs I’ve got minimum magnetic resistance applied. Now if I switch and I just pedal with the left leg the watts shoot up significantly even though it’s one leg. Now if I switch to the right leg you’ll notice the watts goes to zero. Now doing anything funky or weird but direct power measurement means that technically this computer should be showing wattage no matter what side I pedal on. Now going back to both legs and you’ll see that the watts start to show again. And my perception of this is you know Keiser is perceived wattage. It’s based on RPM and how much magnetic resistance is applied. Schwinn…their magnetic resistance is perceived. I mean they have stages and they have a USB port in their computer and it’s perceived wattage. And both the Keiser and the Schwinn, I think for most mortal men and women, it’s fine if you’re professional athlete, say you’re Lance Armstrong or Levi Leipheimer – wattage being down to the half kilowatt or thousandth of a kilowatt might be helpful. But to market your computer on your bike as being the first indoor cycle with direct power measurement, I believe in my perception an accurate marketing statement would be the first indoor cycle with direct power measurement on the left side, on the left crank arm. So if you’re a one-legged person, in other words if you’re missing your right leg, I think this would be extremely helpful in terms of direct power measurement. But I don’t see any advantage whatsoever to directly measuring power just on one side of the bike and clearly in this video you can see when I’m pedaling with my right leg where there is no strain being recorded on the crank arm, the wattage meter goes to zero. So another one of those small dynamics that might prove to be helpful in choosing the right bike. Now what makes us different from everybody else is that we’re the only company in the world where we pro-build our bikes. When you buy a bike online 99.9, in fact everybody else, I don’t know anybody else who does what we do. You buy a bike anywhere else they process your credit card, they grab one of these, they put it on a truck, they send it to you. If you have an issue you call that company, they tell you to call the manufacturer. Okay. If you buy a bike from us we take it out of the box, we tear it apart, we go entirely through the bike. I ride and tune every single bike without exception and then the bike is carefully partially disassembled and over packaged and double boxed. Here’s a group of bikes here that are going out. We double box everything. We over package everything. And we also do lifetime part replacement on most every new commercial bike we sell to a consumer. And we also do lifetime part replacement on our certified pre-owned bikes like this black, custom black Star Trac Spinner NXT. There’s a pink AC Performance. There’s some custom white NXTs. There is a custom red NXT. So we are clearly a cut above everybody else on the planet Earth in the free world. If you wanna talk to me directly about 1 bike, 20 bikes, 50 bikes – you call me 7 days a week 10AM to 10PM. 888-909-BIKE. 310-664-1375 or 818-470-2204. I wanna thank you for taking the time to watch this video and best of luck to you on your road to health and fitness.