It’s time for yet another new robot bike simulator – this time from Bkool. While their trainers have always had a a pleasing design element, the new Smart Air takes it to another level. Not only does the trainer give the illusion of a complete bike when mounted, but the design is purpose driven to offer a better ride and protect your bike.

Bkool Smart Air rocks up with a new take on direct drive smart trainers

Unlike most direct drive trainers that support the bike from the bottom and the sides, the Smart Air “suspends” the bike from the top. That allows for the frame to incorporate at 6° side-to-side rocking mechanism to simulate ride feel both in and out of the saddle. It supposedly also protects the frame from torsion from being held in a rigid trainer.

Bkool Smart Air rocks up with a new take on direct drive smart trainers

Inside the trainer is a power system capable of up to 3,000 watts with a motor system that will simulate grades of up to 25% and speeds of 70kph. Power measurement is provided through an infrared sensor and claims to have a less than 2% margin of error.

Bkool Smart Air rocks up with a new take on direct drive smart trainers

Weighing in at 24kg, trainer is ANT+ and Bluetooth Smart compatible and is said to be very quiet thanks to a new cooling system. The trainer is said to be compatible with 12mm thru axles, though which 12mm axle widths is not provided. It also mentions that the trainer is compatible with most cassettes from 7 to 11 speeds. For those riders on 12 speed, the SunRace 12 speed cassette will fit the same freehub, and should work with most drivetrains.

The price for the Smart Air is still TBA, though the trainers should start shipping in January.

bkool.com

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adilosnave
adilosnave
3 years ago

Out of the box thinking. Nice design and very clever. Maybe my Kickr needs a new home?

Dolan Halbrook
Dolan Halbrook
3 years ago

Neat idea. I hope the execution lives up to the pictures.

Tom
Tom
3 years ago

interesting idea to suspend the bike – wonder how robust their mechanics/electronics are?

JBikes
JBikes
3 years ago

Not sure what “suspending” has to do with anything, but design in 6 deg of freedom is good

O. Tan
3 years ago

I like the design, lets hope it lives up to expectation

Out of curiosity, how come no one create a Kickr Climb equivalent yet

bielas
bielas
3 years ago

for thru-axles, simply use the same rear axle from the bike. The trainer doesn’t need to provide the axle, as the length of it depends on the thickness of the dropouts on the bike. For the trainer, the inner space is always 142mm (regardless of the bike using shimano e-thru, Syntace, Maxle, or other length axles)

Richard Elsdon
3 years ago
Reply to  bielas

I would guess they meant does it fit 142,, x 12, 135mm x 12mm, or 148mm x 12mm, or 142+ (specialized), or 130mm x 12mm (someone did that, cant remember who), or offset frames (which would not matter normally but would in this case as the 6deg swing would be off centre so you’d lean to one side the whole time)

Collin
Collin
3 years ago

Very cool. I prefer riding my rollers over my kickr simply because it allows for side to side motion. A fixed trainer feels so unnatural.

Hexsense
Hexsense
3 years ago

Just when Kurt Kinetic start shipping Kurt Kinetic R1 smart direct drive trainer with rocking mechanism, this thing announced…

GT
GT
3 years ago

I’m curious how Bkool is navigating the Kurt Kinetic patent that I keep reading is the reason nobody else offers a rocking trainer.

HLM
HLM
3 years ago

Does it need to be occasionally calibrated? If so, the Neo doesn’t.