Top 3 features of the new IC8 and why they matter
The IC8 Power Trainer breathes a fresh lease of life into the commercial indoor Power Trainer market. Its functional design is matched only by its good looks, and the quality of the fit is matched only by the quality of the data. Here are three IC8 features that you should be aware of that’ll help you get the most from each of your IC8 Power Trainer sessions.
1. Bike set up
Ok! Technically this is 3 features all rolled into one, but it breeds specific adaptations to your training which is always a good thing.
The IC8’s advanced geometry has been developed on a V-shaped frame design which gives the greatest range of users the opportunity to find the ideal fit when riding and improves the riders’ ability to apply power to the pedals. The fully micro-adjustable bike set up is a huge advantage in allowing the rider to be as efficient and effective through the pedal stroke as possible by recruiting all of the necessary muscles involved in maximising power production. Both vertical and horizontal adjustments to the seat and handlebar positions can be fine-tuned to the mm. The height and distance of the handlebars from the seat will help to promote correct joint angles and will give every rider the chance of maximising their training outcome by matching the position of an outdoor bike.
Pro-handlebar: The ergo-formed handlebar on the IC8 offers multiple hand positions giving you the chance to work on the hoods, in the drops, or in a classic TT position and the overall fit and experience of the ride is quite exceptional. A slim, real-to-road width of the handlebar helps to keep the whole body in the most relevant position for transferable training adaptations.
Q Factor: Q factor is the measure that dictates the width of the pedals from each other. It will impact on which muscles are recruited, and in which quantities during the cycling action, and should closely match the physical experience of an outdoor bike. The IC8 has a Q Factor of 155mm which closely matches most high-quality road and time trial bikes.
These factors combined mean that the IC8 can quite precisely mimic the physical set up achieved on an outdoor road bike and as such will promote the use of muscles in the specific conditions required when riding. This will lead to specific adaptations which are simply the best type in developing physical capabilities indoors that can be translated and used outdoors when Spring returns.
2. Data experience
The IC8 Power Trainer utilises ICG®’s Coach By Color® training system which helps every rider to understand their power output easily and immediately. Riders can perform a short test on the bike which will help them to ascertain their FTP. This value is then input to the bike personalising it to its rider. Each power zone is then identified by one of 5 colours which are easily recognisable on the console’s high resolution TFT screen. Riders can identify their power zone easily by their console colour whilst using other metrics to form their training experience.
The IC8 console is mounted forward on the handlebar allowing ample space for users to clearly see the console and data for the time spent in any riding position.
3. Data quality
This is the area in which the IC8 excels above all other Power Trainers. The +/-1% accuracy variance of the IC8’s power meter gives the greatest data quality available throughout the full working range. The IC8 will support cadences up to 200RPM and a Power range up to 3800 Watts whilst always giving the best data available. The exceptional quality and the ability to adjust magnetic resistance precisely means that riders can trust what they see and be specific in their desired outcome to training. Riding and maintaining efforts in small power zones is easier and more manageable and the result of training is more predictable when the numbers you see can be trusted.
The IC8 maximises the training effect by making the riding position specific, giving the greatest quality data and presenting that data in a simple format so that everyone can understand how to achieve specific training goals. Oh! And if you need some guidance with your training why not download the ICG® Training App and take a look at some of the 59 workouts available on it. Happy training!