Spinning®, the creators of the indoor cycling category and the global leader in programming, education and equipment, announced the launch of a new belt-drive system with Star Trac®, the exclusive manufacturer of the Spinner® line of commercial bikes.
“This is the first integrated system that utilizes several advanced technologies to achieve a natural road-bike feel, previously unavailable in any belt-driven bike,” said John Baudhuin, the CEO of Mad Dogg Athletics, Inc. “We built our first belt driven prototype over seven years ago, but not until the advent of our Fusion Drive system has the industry had a bike worthy of the ride quality and standards set by Spinning. We have over a dozen patents on our bikes and continue to push innovation to create the perfect bike for riders and facilities.”
The Fusion Drive system features an ultra-durable Poly-V Isoprene belt, a unique tensioning system, and the real road feel of a perimeter-weighted flywheel. Together, the system transfers more direct cranking energy without the sponginess or slippage found in other belt-driven systems.
“The way we describe it is that our Fusion Drive system has ‘more push, less mush,’” added Baudhuin.
“The heart of our innovation is always anchored in our rider and owner experience, and Fusion Drive is the only system that is smooth and quiet with a truly superior natural ride compared to other belt bikes,” said John Cook, the vice president of design. “For our 35,000 facilities, Fusion Drive not only offers the world’s best inertia-driven belt drive option, but also has the benefit of being a very low-maintenance system.”
The new Fusion Drive system is now available on several commercial bike models including the Spinner® Blade IONTM, the Spinner® Blade, and the Spinner® NXT Black Belt. Each model also is available with a classic chain drive system that offers the most authentic road bike experience.