Connecting The Wattbike Atom

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The Wattbike Atom is fully compatible with The Sufferfest app. You can use the Atom in either ERG mode (e.g., the app controls the resistance of the bike) or Level model (you can switch 'gears')

  • Erg mode can be used via Bluetooth or with an ANT+ dongle and the FE-C option.
  • Level mode (or 'gear' mode as called with the Atom) can be used via Bluetooth or ANT+.

Connecting the Atom in ERG mode (e.g., app controls the Atom resistance)

Bluetooth Control Connection

  • Make sure the Atom is plugged in and on.
  • Make sure Bluetooth is turned on on your device.
  • Open The Sufferfest app and select the video you wish to ride.
  • On the ride check screen, ensure that the Bluetooth indicator is on.
  • Under Cadence, you should see your Wattbike Atom as a connection option. If you don't, click 'Change Settings' (desktop) or 'More' (iOS) and then select the Wattbike Atom BTLE connection.
  • Under Power, you should see Wattbike Atom BTLE connection option. Click on 'Change Settings'/'More' and be sure that the connection is set on 'ERG Mode'.

 

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  • Note: In 'settings' you don't need to worry about the 'wheel size' for the Atom. You can leave it set at the default.
  • Once connected, press 'Enter Sufferlandria.' The app will then adjust the resistance on the Atom according to the workout profile.
  • If you want to run the Wattbike Hub concurrently, you'll need to run a second device and connect to The Sufferfest via ANT+ (see below). Bluetooth connections cannot be shared, only one app can use the Bluetooth connection at a time.  

Ant+ FE-C Connection

  • Make sure the Atom is plugged in and on.
  • Make sure your ANT+ dongle is plugged in.
  • Open The Sufferfest app and select the video you wish to ride.
  • On the ride check screen, ensure that the ANT+ indicator is on.
  • Under Cadence, you should see an FE-C Bike Trainer come on. If you don't, click 'Change Settings' (desktop) or 'More' (iOS) and then select FE-C Bike Trainer.
  • Under Power, you should see FE-C Bike trainer. Click on 'Change Settings'/'More' and be sure that the connection is set on 'ERG Mode'. Do not select any other option than FE-C or the app will not control the bike.

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  • Note: In 'settings' you don't need to worry about the 'wheel size' for the Atom. You can leave it set at the default.
  • Once connected, press 'Enter Sufferlandria.' The app will then adjust the resistance on the Atom according to the workout profile.
  • If you want to run the Wattbike Hub, you'll need to run a second device and connect via Bluetooth. In this way, you'll be able to see the Wattbike Hub data including your Pedal Efficiency Score.

ERG Mode Tips

  • Keep your cadence as steady as possible. The more you vary your cadence during a section, the more the bike will have to adjust resistance to bring you back in line.
  • If you do need to change cadence, such as when there is an attack during the video, increase slowly and steadily.
  • At the end of intervals, keep the effort up and let the bike take the resistance off. If you slow your cadence or take off the pressure before the bike has adjusted, you could find yourself with the bike locking up the resitance in the dreaded 'spiral of death.'
  • 'Gears' will not work (and are not necessary) in ERG mode since the bike changes the resistance automatically based on what the app is telling it to do. However, if you are running the Wattbike Hub and have connected to the bike via Bluetooth (and only if this is the case), when you hit a gear button, it will adjust your resistance up or down for a few seconds until the Sufferfest App sends another signal and corrects the bike.
  • To switch out of ERG mode during a workout, click on the little circle icon in the upper right of the screen and then adjust your settings.

Connecting the Atom in LEVEL/GEARS mode (e.g., you control the Atom resistance)

  • Make sure the Atom is plugged in and on.
  • Make sure your ANT+ dongle is plugged in or that your Bluetooth is on.
  • Open The Sufferfest app and select the video you wish to ride.
  • On the ride check screen, ensure that the ANT+ indicator or Bluetooth is on.
  • Under Cadence, you should see a FE-C Bike Trainer come on. If you don't, click 'Change Settings' (desktop) or 'More' (iOS) and then select FE-C Bike Trainer.
  • Under Power, you should see FE-C Bike trainer. Click on 'Change Settings'/'More' and be sure that the connection is set on 'LEVEL Mode'. What level you choose depends on how strong you are, so it will take a bit of experimentation to get the right level set. We recommend starting at level 3 and see how that works as a base for you.
  • Note: In 'settings' you don't need to worry about the 'wheel size' for the Atom. You can leave it set at the default.
  • Once connected, press 'Enter Sufferlandria.' You will then need to change gears on the Atom to reach your target
  • If you want to run the Wattbike Hub, you'll need to run a second device and connect via Bluetooth. In this way, you'll be able to see the Wattbike Hub data including your Pedal Efficiency Score and what gear you are in (which is fairly useful for running in level mode).

Running the Wattbike Hub and The Sufferfest App at the same time

As mentioned above, running the Wattbike Hub and The Sufferfest App at the same time can add a lot to your workout as you can see all the data from both. This requires you have two different devices, however, as running them on one device is not easy and can muck up the connections rather easily. We've found that connecting the Wattbike Hub app first and then The Sufferfest App works quite well. Just be sure that you're connecting The Sufferfest App via ANT+ and the Wattbike Hub via Bluetooth if you want to run things in ERG mode.

Issues with Wattbike Atom

A few Atoms have an issue with loose 'brake' hoods. These can unintentionally cause the bike to shift gears when gripped by the rider in certain ways. This results in wildly changing resistance levels even if you're not touching the gears or brake hoods. Normally you can give the hoods a twist or push on them again to temporarily fix the problem or take them off and put them back on again. If you suspect your bike might have this issue, write to Wattbike and they will help you.

 

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  • Are there plans to support erg mode using Bluetooth on the atom I.e. on the iOS map. This should be possible and other services offer it

  • Hey Tommy! Yep -- we'll have that working in the next couple of months. :)

  • Hi, I connect exactly as you describe using an iPad, wahoo dongle and 30 pin adaptor. All seems fine and I begin the video. After a few minutes the video just shuts down and the iPad reverts to home screen. Sufferfest is still an open app but the video is lost, almost like the app has crashed. Similarly I can be riding and the resistance should increase but it doesn't. I pause and can see both cadence and power are connected ok. I press to reconnect and reinsert dongle and it works again and controls resistance. The dongle is brand new, and the adaptor is genuine apple. Problem is the same when I try my iPhone 6. Very frustrating as I am unable at present to rely on an ERG train. Are the two problems linked and is the ant + crashing the app?

  • Hey Paul - Sorry you're having issues there. Not sure what's happening. Can you please email us on Theminions@thesufferfest.com and we'll work to help you sort that out?

  • Hi, I’m having exactly the same problems as Paul Clifford above except there is no change in resistance. The iPad occasional crashes back to home screen. Was there a resolution for this?

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    I’m with Tommy. When will there be Bluetooth support for the app on iOS?

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