A relatively small update brings significantly improved connectivity & usability to Kinetic’s fluid indoor trainers. The tiny newly green inRide 3 Power sensor now adds full Bluetooth & ANT+ communication to output training power data direct to your cycling computer, laptop, or mobile device.

Kinetic inRide 3 Power Sensor with enhanced connectivity

Kinetic inRide 3 Power Sensor with enhanced connectivity

The core of the new Smart 2 trainer updates are the little green sensor – now with full Bluetooth Smart and ANT+ connectivity to pair with smart phones, tablets, laptops, and now traditional cycling computers. The new ANT+ connectivity was specifically added to broadcast directly to Garmin head units, as the previous BLE version required the use of a smart device to log your training – now collect training data straight to your Garmin, even if you are riding inside to train alongside some other structured training program.

Kinetic inRide 3 Power Sensor – Pricing & Details

Kinetic inRide 3 Power Sensor with enhanced connectivity

For $50 the little green Kinetic inRide 3 Power Sensor can be bought on its own by any owners of a classic Kinetic Rock & Roll or Road Machine fluid trainer to get the full benefits of power-based power-training. The sensor takes just a couple of minutes to install (I’ve setup the previous, less connected generation effortlessly), and can be linked with virtual training apps like Zwift, or Kinetic’s own Fit app, and now direct to your cycling computer head unit.

Kinetic Road Machine Smart 2 fixed-base, power-reporting fluid trainer

Kinetic Road Machine Smart 2 fixed-base, power-reporting fluid trainer

The new $369 Kinetic Road Machine Smart 2 now comes with the improved green inRide 3 Power Sensor. And it is the most affordable of Kinetic’s premium, power-reporting indoor fluid trainers, with its fixed base. If you don’t feel like you need the new ANT+ communication, while supplies last you can still get the older first gen Road Machine Smart with the Bluetooth-only black inRide power measurement for just $295 (in fact, even if you bought the old one and swapped the newest inRide 3 Power Sensor out, you would still save $14.)

Kinetic Rock and Roll Smart 2 balancing, power-reporting fluid trainer

Kinetic Rock and Roll Smart 2 balancing, power-reporting fluid trainer

If you are looking for Kinetic’s more unique freely-rocking indoor fluid trainer to better recreate the experience of riding on real roads, the new $549 Rock and Roll Smart 2 is your best bet with the same updated connectivity. Like the Road Machine, the Rock & Roll uses a fluid resistance unit that gets more difficult with increased wheel speed, so while it reports your power output to connected apps & devices, resistance is not app controlled. (You need their even more expensive Control or Smart Control power units for that, adding at least another $400.) In the meantime, a first gen Rock & Roll Smart with only Bluetooth is currently available for just $449 (here a $50 savings even if you upgrade to the new inRide 3 Power Sensor.)

KurtKinetic.com

1 COMMENT

  1. Any accuracy improvements in this over the previous inRide? I always felt like the power numbers were okay for Z2 work but not accurate for short z5-6 intervals

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