Saris has some big product news to announce, but there’s also some big news behind the name. Starting today, everything under the Saris roof will carry the Saris name. That means products like those formerly branded as CycleOps will be labeled as Saris. Saris President & COO, Jeff Frehner says “We do more than just imagine a more bikeable world. We’re all in, making it happen. That’s why this next phase of Saris will focus on providing solutions and improving the experience for cyclists. We seek to break down barriers to riding outside, as well as bring authentic movement indoors.”
That last bit is important as it directly relates to Saris’ newest product, the MP1 Trainer Platform. While not the first movement platform for a trainer, the Saris platform uses what they’re calling proprietary Nfinity Technology. Saris claims that due “to a combination of mechanical ingenuity and physics of movement, the Saris MP1 with Nfinity Technology is the first and only trainer platform capable of producing a responsive and natural training experience.” We’ll get a better look at the mechanics of the MP1 at Eurobike, but the goal was to add realistic movement to a trainer workout – any trainer workout.
Saris states that the platform is near universally compatible since it’s just the platform and you mount your trainer on top. Multiple mounting slots allow for adjustability to fit different bikes and different trainers, though Saris will say it probably works best with their newest smart trainer, the H3. Sold as the platform only, the MP1 is made from Baltic Birch and American steel and sells for $1,199.99.
Calling it the quietest direct drive smart trainer to ever leave their doors, the H3 which seems to have all the same features of their previous trainers, just less noise. Saris claims 59 decibels at 20mph which if true, will make it five times quieter than previous generations. The trainer is priced at $999, is made in Wisconsin, and carries a Lifetime warranty.
- Quieter Than Ever: all new drive system shaves decibels off previous generations.
- Precise Training: +/- 2% power accuracy.
- Controlled and Consistent: electromagnetic resistance provides a measured workout every time.
- Direct Drive Design: widest bike compatibility and eliminates wheel slips.
- No External Sensors Required: measures speed, cadence and power.
- Seamless Integration: connects to indoor cycling apps with dual ANT+ FE-C and Bluetooth FTMS standards.
- Zwift certified.
- Noise level:59 decibels at 20 mph
- Power measurement accuracy: +/- 2%
- Maximum power output: 2000 watts at 20 mph
- Simulates a 20% climbing grade
- Fast response electromagnetic resistance
- Measures speed, cadence and power – no external sensors needed
- 20 lb precision balanced flywheel
- Integrated dual ANT+ FE-C and Bluetooth FTMS standards
- Built-in front wheel block
- Integrated carrying handle
- Compatible with Shimano 8-11 speed cassettes
- XD/XDR freehubs sold separately
- Thru-axle compatible for bike frames with fork widths of 142 or 148.
- Quick-release compatible for bike frames with fork widths of 130mm and 135 mm.
- Compatible with a wide variety of devices and indoor cycling applications, including Rouvy, Zwift, TrainerRoad and many more. Contact us with questions about compatibility with other software.
- Headless mode (powered on, not paired to any apps) lets you ride with a progressive resistance curve that matches the Fluid2 (link).
- LED indicator lights communicate connectivity and more.
- Direct drive design directly connects the bicycle to the resistance unit, eliminating tire wear.
- Internal cooling technology ensures accurate ride data even during the hardest of workouts.
- Folding legs provide widest footprint of direct drive indoor bicycle trainers on the market for added stability and easy storage.
- Accessible and balanced handle allows for smooth, anyone-can-carry transit of the trainer.
- Over the air (OTA) firmware updates and calibration via the Saris app (link to firmware page)
- Maximum weight (rider and bike): 300 lbs.
- Cassette sold separately.
But wait, there’s more! To complement the MP1 platform, Saris has a new TD1 trainer desk which is the perfect place to mount your laptop for your next Zwift session (assuming you don’t have it up on a big screen already).
The desk uses the same Baltic Birch as the MP1 to match, and it includes two standard and two USB outlets to power your devices and to keep cord clutter to a minimum. The TD1 will sell for $329.99.