Monday, 26 December 2016

Cycling With Running: ElliptiGo

ElliptiGo Arc

The ElliptiGO is a great machine and one of the best in the industry. The stroke emulates the elliptical machines that you find in the gym but instead of staying flat through the motion, the “GO” has the runner’s kick built in as part of the motion. It appeals to runners and cyclists as well as a broad audience of injured athletes and people looking to try something new to mix up their fitness routine.

The concept for the bike was conceived in 2005. When ex-marine and Ironman triathlete Bryan Pate suffered an acute medical condition, he lost the ability to pursue his primary source of exercise – running. A vexed Pate turned to the fitness industry to find an alternative source of training, and was shocked to discover that nothing existed which came anywhere close to simulating running. “In his mid-thirties, Bryan had issues with his knee, due to a degenerative condition; he was doing a lot of training on an indoor elliptical and suddenly had the bright idea to bring it outside,”

ElliptiGo Arc Pedals

Pate realised that the answer to his issue would involve a fusion of a running-like motion with the speed and health benefits of cycling. Knowing that the project would require a mechanical engineer, he turned to co-founder and friend Brent Teal. The two set about building the original design for what would become the first ElliptiGO bike, at the time known as Alfa, and in mid-2006, the first prototype materialised.

The ElliptiGO first went into production in 2010, and the company has continued to gain traction successfully year upon year. “ The ElliptiGo outdoor elliptical bike series includes a range of models: the 3C, the 8C and the 11R. Ranging in price from $1,799 to $3,499, these uniquely designed trainers are a cross between a traditional bicycle and an elliptical trainer that allows users to essentially “run” without the impact of running.

ElliptiGo Handlebar, same like ordinary bicycle handlebar

ElliptiGo trainers operate very similarly to a traditional bicycle, with a similar set-up, brakes and gear system, but what makes these trainers so unique is their use of an adjustable stride and standing upright design where the user pedals like you would on an elliptical trainer. Each of the models features an adjustable stride of 16 to 25 inches and an adjustable steering column and handlebars.

Users control the trainer with the linear pull rim brakes with levers on either side of the handlebars, and the speeds, or resistance levels, vary based on the model, ranging from three to eleven speed options. All of the models are designed using an aluminum frame and ranging in weight from 39.4 to 44 pounds. The top two models also include a carbon-fiber drive arm for lighter and smoother design. For storage, all models feature either a folding or removable steering column, and all include a removable front wheel.

Run with speed like cycling

Bikebiz 11/2016

Ride On!

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