A new Kiwi company is aiming to bring the sport’s benchmark static bike and smart trainers to the New Zealand market at the most accessible hire rates in Australasia.
Smartbikes has been set up by a team with more than a decade of experience in high performance static bikes and is focussing on making high quality cycling training platforms in third party cycling apps like Zwift more accessible than ever before.
Bay of Plenty-based Smartbikes currently offers hire of Wattbike’s established Bluetooth and ANT+ enabled Pro and Trainer models and Wahoo’s benchmark KICKR 4 smart trainer, as well as essential accessories to complete the smart riding experience such as North Pole Engineering’s CABLE ANT+ to Bluetooth converter and the latest technology ANT+ recovered for PC use.
Founder Richard Gee, who has been Wattbike’s New Zealand distributor for more than a decade, says the new company will focus on providing the best products available in the market at the most competitive rental rates on offer in New Zealand.
“The Wattbike has been widely used in sport in New Zealand for some time now and was ahead of its time in terms of its ability to broadcast data and connect with third party programmes and devices. It is still a benchmark product for riders and now online riding and is a fully recognised device by providers like Zwift. We are starting the business with more than a hundred already out on medium and long-term hire.
“We believe the KICKR 4 is also the benchmark product in its specific field. It’s super easy to use and set up, quiet and the product of choice for a majority of riders getting serious about their indoor training.
“Those will be our initial frontline products but we’ll be adding more in the future. There are new smart products coming from Wattbike which we will offer for rental and other advanced smart trainers on the horizon. It’s a marketplace with huge potential. The growth of e-sports and people’s ever busier lives mean more and more are looking for an effective and engaging home training experience like indoor cycling. And as all cyclists already know, the growth of the e-cycling arena is phenomenal – with competitions, group rides and even pro-contracts being won based on virtual cycling performances.
“We’ve opted for highly competitive rental rates and flexibility in our approach, as well as zero hidden costs and insuring the products ourselves as it all just makes it easier for the customer and that’s what we’re really about as a company.”
Smartbikes have launched a very simple web site allowing customers to order smart products with a single email, which can be found at www.smartbikes.co.nz