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  • Freemotion S11.9 Indoor Cycles Stages Direct Power ?!?

    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.

     

     

  • 2012 Star Trac Spinner Blade 7190 w/ LIFETIME warranty

    Hi, I’m  Jeff Wimmer from StudioCycles and Studio-Cycles.com and in this short YouTube video I wanna talk about the new 2012 Star Trac Spinner Blade model 7190. Now Star Trac has been manufacturing the Spinner series bikes for years and years now and the NXT which they released in 2005 has been sort of the top in the Star Trac lineup for a number of years and for 2012 the NXT was aluminum. It’s bomb proof. You see it in a lot of clubs. For 2012 they changed the NXT. The NXT which is here is now steel. They’ve added the fore-aft handle bar and threadless pedals and morse taper bottom bracket. But the new top dog in the Star Trac lineup is now the Star Trac Spinner Blade And the Spinner Blade, it looks it’s been carved out of a solid block of aluminum. It looks like it’s a CNC machine from like a 100 pound block of aluminum. It really is a beautiful bike. It’s very stiff. It has a very low Q factor which not a lot of companies address. Q factor is a distance between the pedals and a lot of indoor group cycles have a Q factor like an Appaloosa. In terms of hip flexors and knee alignment and ankles, Q factor is important. Josh Taylor who is the face of Spinning and has been close to 10 years since Johnny G’s departure. He was a professional cyclist on a ride it cycling team and he had heavy influence in the design of the Blade and the implementation of a correct ergonomic applied Q factor. So the new Star Trac Spinner Blade which is here – this is a badass bike. It has a threadless pedal system so you can only use the Star Trac pedals. It has a fore-aft handlebars which gives the end user a nice amount of adjustment. It has a lot more adjustment than the past models. It comes with a SPD basket pedal and again the way this bike feels when it’s tuned and optimized and drivetrain is treated with aggressive inertia is very impressive We’re the only company in the world where when you buy a brand new bike we pull it out of the box, we tear it apart, we do an optimization, tuning, aligning, tensioning. I ride and tune every single bike that goes through my company without exception and then we extend the warranty. We do our exclusive lifetime part replacement policy. So the new Star Trac Spinner Blade is the new Star Trac top dog. The Blade again is the model 7190 and if you have questions about these bikes – call anybody on the internet and try to get the owner of the company with any kind of a knowledge base. We are an indoor cycling specific company. We’re the only company in the world that does the pro level pre-building, pre-tuning, over packaging, lifetime email and phone tech support and lifetime part replacement for our consumers. If you’re buying 1 Blade or 50 Blades you call me directly. My telephone numbers - 888-909-BIKE. 310-664-1375. Cell Phone 818-470-2204 and you can talk to me directly about anything related to the bike you’re considering buying. And if you take a look around my warehouse, you’ll see this place – this is serious business here. What we do here – the amount of bikes we keep in stock – no one, no one even comes close to what we do here at StudioCycles. We have a lot of bikes in stock. We keep 400-500 bikes in stock at all times. We have a 100 foot workbench with 12 stations. We have custom bikes up over the top of our work areas and we’re the specialists. We’re not a fitness equipment company. We’re an indoor cycling specific company. I have the only 2 brick and mortar specific retail stores in the world – one in Orange County, one in West Los Angeles. Hopefully with more on the way. I have written all the tech manuals in the indoor cycling industry in the last 20 years which are considered the Bibles for these bikes. And I ride and tune the bikes and I’ve taught 1000s of classes. And my ass is on some sort of a bike seat 5-6 days a week minimum. And if you want the perfect bike and you don’t want a meat grinder or the bike that lacks inertia then you call me and you talk to me about what your application is, how many people are using it, what you’re considering. And call me if you think you found that great deal and you’re not sure about it. So, I’m Jeff Wimmer from StudioCycles and Studio-Cycles.com. 818-470-2204. 310-664-1375. Cell Phone is 818-470-2204. Best of luck to you on your road to health and fitness and wanna thank you for taking the time to watch this video.

     

  • Star Trac Spinner NXT 7000 Gen 2 w/ LIFETIME warranty

    Hi, I’m Jeff Wimmer from StudioCycles and Studio-Cycles.com and in this short YouTube video I wanna talk about the Star Trac Spinner NXT 7000 series generation 2 with the corrected bottom bracket and this is a generation 1 7000 series bike and you can see it’s a Star Trac Spinner NXT. This is a generation 2 Star Trac Spinner NXT 7000 series bike and they look the same but there is a huge structural difference and 99.999% of the used fitness equipment warehouses sell the used bikes and they are very unscrupulous. They are either ignorant or they know and they don’t say. But the 7000 series generation 2 Star Trac Spinner NXT actually has the frame sleeve, the corrected frame sleeve. The generation 1 Star Trac Spinner NXTs – it says Star Trac Spinner NXT on the down tube in red – you can tell that they don’t have a frame sleeve correction because there’s no black ring around the bottom bracket on the non-drive side, the bottom bracket bearing. On the generation 2 which again same aesthetics, if you look carefully there’s a black ring around the bottom bracket bearing of the Star Trac Spinner NXT 7000 series generation 2. Now we’re the only official, we’re the original and current official technical support to the Spinning program and have been for years and years and years. We’re the only outside official technical support for Star Trac and Schwinn and other company as well. But what we do with our used bikes because there’s a ton of Star Trac Spinner NXTs out there for sale and through the uneducated buyer they all look the same what you need to understand is that most of these bikes that are for sale on the market had been in clubs being used for years and years and years. Being used multiple times a day, 45 minutes at a shot and these used fitness equipment warehouses – they have them because the clubs have gotten rid of them because the internals are worn out or the outsides are beat up or a combination of both. Now we’re the only company that I know of in the world that offers a lifetime parts replacement policy on our used Star Trac – we call them certified pre-owned Star Trac Spinner NXT 7000 series bikes as well as our other Star Trac Spinner models as well. We have new, we have certified pre-owned but be aware there’s a term that’s thrown around by used fitness equipment companies online – they say that the bike has been cleaned and serviced which is the biggest stroke in the world. Cleaning and servicing could mean as little as wiping it off and putting oil on the chain. We tear ‘em down to the bare frames and we have options where you can get them painted. We have custom NXTs. There are some white ones up there. There’s a red one up there. Black here in the middle. So we, you know, or if they’re in good aesthetic condition like these bikes are we just tear them down, we put new flywheel bearings, new crank bearings, new resistance pad, new pedals. We do lifetime part replacement and lifetime email and phone tech support and if you have a problem with your bike you call me. You talk to me. I don’t tell you to call Star Trac. The chances are if you buy a used bike from used fitness equipment company and if you have a problem with it, they’re gonna tell you to call Star Trac. And I cant tell you how many giant used fitness equipment warehouses have – they’ve actually taken the sale from here and there to clubs or clubs have bought 20, 30, 40 of these bikes. And then the club will have called me initially but my prices are you know $100- $200 more and they’ll opt for the cheaper bike which is understandable in this economy. But I get a lot of call from those very same clubs they say I’ve bought my bikes from this used fitness company and they’re falling apart. The members hate them. And the truth of the matter is that used commercial indoor group cycles as such as the Star Trac or the Schwinns they never wear out. If they’re effectively and comprehensively torn apart and rebuilt professionally, you end up with a brand new bike on the inside. I’m Jeff Wimmer from StudioCycles. You can reach me at 310-664-1375. 818-470-2204 or 888-909-BIKE from 10AM to 10PM, 7 days a week. We have the only 2 indoor cycling specific brick and mortar retail stores in the world and we have a beautiful 15,000 square foot warehouse here in Hawthorne, California which is just, I mean this place is absolutely – it’s phenomenal in terms of people shopping for bikes. We have a place for you to go that’s like no other in the world. If you’re a club and you’re shopping for bikes and you’re looking at dropping some major coin on new bikes, you call me first and talk to me. I promise you that the information I give you will be unbiased. It will be honest. It will be straightforward. No one’s been doing this longer than I have. I ride and tune every single bike I sell. I’ve taught 1000s of classes. I teach technical courses at the world spinning conferences every year. In fact just got back from Miami. It’s June 9th 2012. But I wanna sell you your next bike and if you’re buying a bike for your home what you get from us is like a bike like no other. If you’re buying a new bike and if you buy it online every other company is gonna process your credit card and send you a bike in a box that they’ve never touched, they’ve never seen what’s inside the box. When we sell brand new bikes we take it out of the box, we pro-build them, we pro-tune them and then we over package them. In fact we disassemble the bikes before we put them together to tune them and test them. So there is no other company like ours in the world. I’m Jeff Wimmer from StudioCycles. I wanna thank you for taking the time to watch this video

    https://youtu.be/QrCTq7EBvoI?list=UUTEhqUviCTT39SYIR4E9Yfg

  • 3 Really cool things about Spin bikes - This is good!

    Hi, this is Jeff Wimmer from StudioCycles and Studio-Cycles.com. I wanna talk to you about 3 really cool things related to indoor group cycles. We’re the only company in the world, when you buy a bike online we take it out of the box, we tear it apart, we go through it, we do drive train optimization, we find problems and issues and we correct them. We find problems with bikes all the time. You cannot look through cardboard box and see problems. They don’t put stickers on the boxes and say hey whoa whoa whoa whoa - wait a minute – don’t send this bike out – take it out of the box and check this that or the other because you might find a problem. We just don’t have that luxury. We do it because it’s necessary. We want to deliver a perfect or near perfect bike to our customer. Whether it’s 1 bike into a home or 50 bikes into a club. That’s cool thing number 1. Cool thing number 2 – this power plant right here – that’s badass – well that’s nothing to do with indoor cycling – sorry. What can I say – mid life crisis. Cool thing number 3 – our custom painted bikes. Here’s a Star Trac Spinner Blade. This Star Trac’s badass top end bike for 2013. But here’s a Spinner Blade with a $3000 paint job on it. That’s badass. That’s cool. Okay. Other cool things knowing as a consumer that every other website does 2 things – they process your credit card and they have a logistics company that puts a box on a truck. Wait a minute. That’s not cool. That’s actually not in your favor. This is a faster, faster, cheaper, cheaper world we live in and all the mass production commercial fitness equipment that’s being pumped out today has the potential to arrive with issues that can develop into failure. That’s why we tear bikes apart. That’s why we go entirely through them and that’s why my ass is on the seat of every bike that goes through my company. I have the only 2 indoor cycling specific brick and mortar stores in the world – ones in Laguna Niguel, ones in Venice, California. I keep 35-50 bikes in each store. They’re all built and tuned to as close to absolute perfection as humanly possible and if you are a commercial customer and you wanna buy bikes for your club you can schedule an appointment with me. Fly to Los Angeles and I have a product testing area in my warehouse where we have Schwinn, Star Trac, Keiser, LeMond and even FreeMotion even though we dumped them after 3 months. All in one area for you to test and compare side by side by side by side. We’re also the only company in the world that when we do refurbishing – most of our bikes are refurbished bikes for consumers we do lifetime warranties on. And if you are a club and you buy refurbished bikes, we do brand new bike warranties on refurbished bikes for clubs. That’s 2 years part, 5 years frame. And we put pedals on our refurbished bikes, good pedals, $100 pedals. You know if you don’t get pedals on your bikes, that’s an extra $50-100 bucks a pop. It all adds up, ladies and gentleman. What qualifies me to say I am the best because when Johnny G was creating Spinning in his garage 20 years ago, I was managing Beverly Hills bike shop, I was racing bicycles professionally and I was selling Johnny parts in his building, the original Schwinn Johnny G Spinners’ in his garage – I’ve been involved ever since. My hands have been on an estimated over a hundred thousand of these indoor group cycles. And before that, before Johnny came along, as a young teenager I grew up in the bicycle industry building Airdyne’s XR7s, XR8s and DX900s which were the very Schwinn exercisers that Johnny had in his garage that he was trying to covert to make feel like his road bike as was training for the Race across America. What else qualifies me to say I’m the best - I’ve been at this non stop for almost 20 years but also written the only tech manual library in the world. These are the Bibles in the industry. These are 50 bucks. I’ve got 6 different volumes. That’s my mug. That’s my mug. My mug’s not there. Lucky for some of you. It’s my mug there and here’s the first volume homespun. That’s my mug there. If you call the manufacturers with the bike issue, they probably have my books next to their phones. Let me just make one thing perfectly clear. I am the best at what I do in this industry and I’m too old to be a big deal. I don’t say for any other reason that’s it’s a fact. The top engineers, the owners of the biggest companies in the fitness industry.

  • 2013/14 Schwinn AC Performance Plus Platinum Edition - ONLY @ Studiocycles!

    This is a transcription of the following video:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yhu7phxwqeI&index=2&list=UUTEhqUviCTT39SYIR4E9Yfg

    Hi, this is Jeff Wimmer from StudioCycles and Studio-Cycles.com. It is June 1st 2013. and I am in StudioCycles World Headquarters, here in Hawthorne, California. And in this YouTube video I wanna to talk about something that is pretty exciting. It is a new version of the Schwinn AC Performance Plus that we have come up with. I have been working with machinists and engineers for quite sometime to enhance the adjustability of the AC Performance Plus. We currently have the AC Performance Plus available just as the bike, I believe at $1595. If you order a brand new bike, we take it out of the box, we take it apart, we go through it, we do an optimization process. We do that because that is absolutely necessary. Anywhere else in the world you buy one of these bikes, they’re gonna process your credit card and the fulfillment centers gonna put a label on the box and send it you and you’re gonna get a two year warranty. You buy it from us and we’re gonna take it out of the box, we’re gonan disassemble it, we’re gonna through it from the inside out. It is gonna be fully assembled. We’re gonna do a drive train process and once my guys do all the heavy lifting then I come in and I ride and tune every bike personally without exception. I am the only outside consultant to Schwinn and StarTrac and Spinning in the world and have been for years and years and years. I have been working with the Schwinn on the ACs since the very very beginning. And the AC Performance Plus in my estimation is absolutely as good as it gets in the indoor cycling arena. The AC Performance Plus has, truly has the badass handle bar. Flat spots on the AC Performance Plus - they now put a flat spot on hand position three. The bike is available with the onboard computer which does give wattage, stage training and has USB port so you can upload your ride data; collect it on USB stick and sent to different websites for ride performance analysis and archiving. This is the 2013 AC Performance Plus; they discontinued the Performance and now the Performance Plus is the new top dog. It is chain driver, it does have perimeter weighting; perimeter weighting is very very important especially if you are a non-cyclist. Human tendency is to bring a bad pedal stroke to the table if you are not a big cyclist. Come in up down-up down-updown pedal stroke. Perimeter weighting is what produces aggressive inertia and in my minds’ eye perimeter weighting is what separates an indoor group cycle from an exercise bike. Lot of the bikes have flat skinny flywheels. It doesn’t matter if it’s a 60 pound flywheel if it is flat and skinny – it is not gonna produce inertia and you’re gonna end up with a bad pedal stroke. And if you’re a runner with bad knees and if you’re getting up there and you need fluid movement in your exercise – flat skinny flywheels go in the opposite direction.

    So, this is the AC Performance Plus. We sell this bike for $1595. For an extra 100 bucks we give you a $500 console with wattage – the V2 – which is the current generation empower console with wattage. We give you a commercial floor mat and we give you a surface dual density saddle and you do have a choice between mens and womens. If you are a couple you always choose the woman’s saddle. Woman’s saddle has a little shorter nose and a little more sit bum platform. Let me get to the point on our new version of the AC Performance Plus. I think the one shortcoming of this bike is the amount of travel that you have – the seat slider and at the handle bars. This handle bar has as rather short amount of travel and in my minds’ eye again, using that term, when a handle bar comes back to the end of the slider it is basically returning to a neutral position. A true fore-aft handle bar…for example, the AC Sport and the AC Performance – the version that they just closed out to introduce the AC Performance Plus they closed out the Performance. But the Performance and the Sport are the only bikes that I know of on the market that have true fore-aft handle bars. Fore-aft means it goes forwards, it goes backwards. It doesn’t return to a neutral position. On the spinner models they return to a neutral position. If you are petite, you want an aft handle bar. You want an aft handle bar – you wanna be able to pull it closer to you, okay. If you are tall then its fine because they all move forward. What we’ve done with our machinists and our engineers is we’ve developed what we call the AC Performance Plus Platinum version and what we’ve done is we have re-engineered the sliders so you get extra movement here. That little bit of movement is huge, okay. But the most compelling thing with our Platinum version is the handle bar. Out handle bar has almost double the travel that a standard Performance Plus has, okay.

    So, here’s the deal – AC Performance Plus $1595 – AC Performance Plus with 600 bucks of extra gear - $1695. AC Performance Plus Platinum package bike – $500 computer, $50 saddle upgrade, $50 commercial floor mat – it is not a shitty little yoga mat – it is a real commercial floor mat. You get a bag of SPD cleats for your shoes – but the most dynamic thing about the Platinum package is the fact that we have increased the travel on these handle bars exponentially. That extra bit on the aft is what will pay off if you are 5 feet tall – 4 foot 11 – 5 foot 2 – that will make this bike fit like a glove. Say, you are 6 foot 7 - you wanna push that handle bar way out of your way. You look at the difference here with how much travel there is on our Platinum bike versus the Standard bike…okay. That is what makes the Platinum package from StudioCycles.

    I am Jeff Wimmer from StudioCycles. You can call me directly. Home Office is 888-909-BIKE. Cell Phone is 818-470-2204. I’m normally here in the Hawthorne, afternoons and evenings. Most every night of my life tuning bikes. I’m the only who rides and tunes. We are the only company in the world that takes brand new bikes out of the box, tears them apart, goes through them, optimizes them and then we over package double box and we ship FedEx. Okay.

     

    You can look at ‘em around here and see we are an indoor cycling company, we are “the” indoor cycling company. If you are a fitness facility and you have the means – make an appointment, fly into LA. We have the StudioCycles product testing area. We’re Star Tracs, Schwinn, Keiser, LeMond and FreeMotion – all in one area, all built, all ready to be tested and compared side by side by side. This is a very very very unique place. There is no place like this in the world, okay. The 2013 Schwinn AC Performance Plus Platinum package is even not on the website yet. Call me directly to discuss. I am Jeff Wimmer from StudioCycles and Studio-Cycles.com and you will see more videos about the AC Performance Plus Platinum package that we offer. The Platinum package also includes triple link pedals.

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