If you want to outfit your Torture Chamber with a dedicated spin bicycle you won't be starved for choices. However, not all models are compatible with third-party training apps like The Sufferfest.
SufferHacks! Getting the Most Out of Your Older / Non-smart Spin Bike
Even if your spin bike is a rudimentary, garage sale special there are still ways to take make use of some of the advanced features of The Sufferfest Training Centre.
- Connect your ANT+ or Bluetooth Smart heart rate monitor to The Sufferfest Training Centre. This will allow you to utilize the heart rate zone feature to measure your efforts...assuming the monitor can handle the full force and fury of your Sufferlandrian ticker. Go to Compatible Sensors to see what heart rate sensors are compatible with The Sufferfest Training Centre. For instructions on connecting your heart rate monitor see Connecting ANT+ Devices.
- Mount a pedal-based power system on your spin bike. Nearly all spin bikes are compatible with standard 9/16" x 24TPI bicycle pedals. This gives you the option to install a pedal-based power meter like the Favero Assioma Power Meter, PowerTap P1 pedals, or the Garmin Vector system. Voila! You have yourself a smart trainer.
The Suffer Scale
If the above hacks aren't an option for you, don't worry. You can still do all of our workouts using perceived exertion or RPE. Check out this article on how our Suffer Scale works for more information.
Note: Using RPE is a great way to use our workouts but, unfortunately, you won't be able to do the Full Frontal Fitness Test and get a rider type using this method.
Stages is well-known for their crank-based power meters. They also make high-quality indoor cycling bicycles at at a variety of price points and feature sets.
The SC1 is Stage's entry level indoor cycling model. It does not come standard with a power meter. You will need to upgrade to the power meter option in order to use the SC1 with The Sufferfest Training System (or use one of our SufferHacks above).
The Stages SC2 is a more full-featured version of the SC1. However, Just like the SC1 the SC2 lacks an integrated power meter. You will need to upgrade to a Stages crank-based power meter to transmit power data to The Sufferfest Training System.
The Stages SC3 bike is the Maserati of Stages indoor cycling lineup. It comes standard with a crank-based power meter and a head unit to display cycling data. This bicycle will work directly with The Sufferfest Training System, no upgrades required. ***You will need to keep the SC3 Console turned off for The Sufferfest App to connect to the Stages Power Meter***
We have a comprehensive article detailing everything you ever wanted to know about connecting your Wattbike but were afraid to ask. Go forth, Suffer-hungry Wattbike owner, and rejoice.
The Sufferfest is compatible with the Wattbike Atom on ANT+ and Bluetooth. This is the only indoor spin bike that has smart trainer control integrated. This means, the resistance can be set by our app and the Atom will automatically adjust resistance for you. It is the first of its kind.
The Concept2 BikeErg is compatible with the Sufferfest Training Center. It sends an ANT+ FE-C signal for power and an ANT+ Speed and cadence signal. This is not a true ERG control bike like the Wattbike Atom. The user still needs to adjust the damper to control the resistance. You will also need the PM5 head unit to work with the Sufferfest Training App.
Precor Spinner Chrono Power
The Spinner Chrono Power indoor spin bike is compatible with the Sufferfest App using the ANT+ Connection.
CycleOps Indoor Cycles
The Cycleops 300 and 400 models should transmit as a power meter using an ANT+ Connection. Any models from 2012 or earlier will not work.
The Cycleops Phantom 500 will display power with The Sufferfest Training System. However, we cannot control the power on this bike unless CycleOps adds FE-C trainer control software. Their communications software is built specifically for the CycleOps Virtual Training App.
Schwinn AC Performance Cycles
At this time, Schwinn does not transmit power data with their Echelon 1 Head Unit. Their console is only a receiving station and their bicycles will not work with The Sufferfest Training System. However, the new Echelon 2 head unit will transmit power and cadence data over ANT+ Channels. You only need an ANT+ receiver. (Please note that for iOS users, the CABLE bridge is preferred for this bike)
ICG Spin Bikes
The ICG IC6, IC7, and IC8 indoor cycles will transmit power and cadence from their head units using the ANT+ signal. We do not know at this time if speed or distance are also sent to our training App.
Keiser Indoor Spin Cycles
The older Keiser bicycles do not transmit any data, so you cannot connect directly to The Sufferfest Training System. The new M3i does transmit data over Bluetooth but you will need to purchase the converter in order for the app to pick up the signal. More information on the M Series Converter can be found here.
We also have a help article for setting up the M Series Converter.
Kettler Racer 7
This indoor cycle is not supported at this time and we do not know when we will support it in the future.
Is your bike not listed? That means we most likely don't support it. However, if you do have a bike that is not listed and it is working with The Sufferfest Training System, please submit a help request here.