The central design ideas behind the Tilt Cycling System are choice, performance, and aesthetics. It resulted in a modular design, open to alternative configurations and digital media for various user profiles.
The product will primarily be aimed at the home market, so both form and function are important. Most home training equipment is ugly, and either consigned to the garage or in need of its own space. The design brief for Muoverti is to capture the aesthetics of the sport, yet be sympathetic to the environment in which the object will be placed.
We're still working on the final touches but did want to share our ideas. Let us know what you think!
What type of rider are you?
Socially Motivated? Fitness seeker? Gamer? Cycling enthusiast? Pro rider?
We don't think one size fits all.
The Smart Trainer is part of the Tilt Bike System and makes use of the Muoverti Digital Platform. It can be used stand-alone or in connection with the Tilt Beam.
The Smart Trainer is engineered as a direct drive. The resistance is provided by the Resistance Control Mechanism (RCM) and applied directly to the rear axle for a realistic cycling feeling and accurate measurements of speed, cadence, and power.
The RCM can both brake and drive for the simulation of descent, just like outdoors. The brake is very powerful and can generate high resistance at low speeds for simulating inertia. Just like you'd encounter at a standstill and for steep climbs.
Efficient power flow design.
Physical transmissions such as belts, rollers, and wheels are removed to optimize power efficiency. There is no loss of power to the cyclist’s power flow. This results in a very efficient system that measures performance with exceptional accuracy, without the need for calibration.
Without mechanical transmissions, resonance and noise are minimized. This makes the Smart Trainer very silent.
Why can you stay on a bicycle when moving, but not when it's standing still?
Bikes are unstable when standing still, but stable when moving forward. That’s because steering allows us to move the bike's points of support around under the center of gravity and keep it balanced, often with steering adjustments that are small enough not to even realize we're making them. A stationary bike, however, has zero angular momentum, which makes it harder to balance. And that takes away the feeling of cycling.
With the patented Tilt Beam we’ve recreated the balancing feeling for indoor cycling. That’s because even without angular momentum a rider can balance a bike, just like a cyclist stopped at a red light. By steering the front wheel to one side or the other, and applying forward and backward pressure to pedals, a rider can keep the combined center of gravity of bike and rider above the bike's two contact points with the ground.