Video: Mountain bike simulator brings trails indoors

No fat bike, no problem. Shred (virtually) in your living room instead

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MTB Simulator Bike

Shred the (virtual) gnar.

Harsh winter weather put the squeeze on your trail riding time? Not interested in taking the fat bike plunge? Well this just might be the alternative you’re looking for. During the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Norway tech start-up Activetainment was showing off its ebove B/01 bike, which is essentially an indoor mountain bike simulator.

Utilizing features such as movable handlebars and a gyro wheel that effects bike balance, this indoor trainer attempts to replicate a real MTB experience. The video below certainly makes a compelling argument.

According to the Activetainment website, the bike automatically changes incline and decline to match the trail, has user-effected sideways tilt, and adjusts pedal resistance based on the visualized terrain and user-controlled gears and force input.

The virtual experience is further enhanced by a 14-inch touchscreen which displays 3D-animated visualizations of outdoor surroundings. And not surprisingly the system has “multi-player” functionality, so you could conceivably go on rides with friends if they also had one of these bikes.

No word yet on availability or pricing, but it’s certainly an interesting concept. What do you think? Ready to start shredding in your living room? Check out the video and let us know what you think.

About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Olympics, Tour de France, MTB world champs, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner, who joined the Mtbr staff in 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying life with his wife Lisa and kids Cora and Tommy in and around their home in the MTB Mecca of Crested Butte.

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  • Brandon says:

    I can’t believe it doesn’t have 27.5 wheels!!

  • I'mRight says:

    The minute I bought one they would come out with a carbon fiber version that would be lighter, and faster.

  • JP says:

    1. Contacted company last week and have heard nothing, which I think is a mistake when a marketing campaign is under way.
    2. While still “in development”, I think the calorie count on the dashboard screenshot ( must be wrong.

  • Eastcoast says:

    This looks great but at the end of the day it’s two separate things: software (the game) and hardware. As expensive as software might be, it looks to me like that bike might cost as much as a new carbon ride – must be pretty limiting in terms of potential sales.

    Why can’t they just work on integrating the software with the new wave of software-based trainers like the Wahoo Kickr? That seems more likely to be a hit, unless that bike is actually cheaper than I think.

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