It is impossible to reproduce the sensations of the pedaling outdoor. The wind caressing your face, the smell of greenery of the point of the morning away from the city, the rural asphalt roughness. Leave the House every day and enjoy the wonderful sport which is the cycling, However, it is not a pleasure to everyone in their daily lives. Work, studies, family obligations: out with the bicycle requires effort. That is why there are rollers. But is there any way to be pedaling home comfort and feelings out?

Bkool Smart Pro want to be the answer.

according to VintageNowTrending.com,Its uniqueness is not both roll and mix it with a Simulator that tries to reproduce the conditions of the open air. With a set of connectivity between roller, application and computer or smartphone, Bkool Smart Pro takes advantage of technology to develop a consistent product, which, moreover, is complemented with a huge social network gamificada to make the experience a challenge.

But we see in depth how it works and how it responds to their aspirations.

Bkool Smart: a lightweight and easy to assemble roller

It seems one minor detail, but not so much. Easy to assemble and disassemble a roll is key to evaluate any product designed to serve as a pain reliever for bicycle lovers. The rollers are devices which marry bad inside a House, and the less time and effort require their owners to be mounted and removed, better.

What about going you to Bkool Smart Pro in this section? Not bad. It is lightweight (weighs around) 12 kg, It is not much), and attaches to the rear wheel of the bike with a simple quick which is included in the product. The arms can be adjusted both in height and horizontal length, and once tightened the nuts the bike is very stable (allows to stand without problems: then you will see why it is important).

Feelings, separate Simulator, they are correct. You must be careful when adjusting the rear wheel, since if our weight, is installed at a height too low once uploaded on the bike, you can generate a uncomfortable resistance (and noise). If it happens only just better align the uprights so that the wheel rotates with comfort. In general, a little noise always will be inevitable (especially at high speeds), but is comfortable.

After installation, that practice does not take more than one couple of minutes, is time to connect. Before, that Yes, there are to be plugged to the current roll.

The Simulator: the best cycling at home

So far, all relatively ordinary. The interesting thing about Bkool Smart Pro comes when we opened the application (have to download on their official website: warning, is somewhat heavy) and enter countless sessions we have at our disposal.

The menu entry of the application offers you several options. Live sessions are the most attractive when competing with other users.

It is here where Bkool is played for all. Not in vain, its premise is that the Simulator allows us to experience more real situations. And so is, in effect: the first thing we find when you open the program is a range of testing, either track or road. In the pro version, which requires subscription for ten euros per month, We have different display options: from first person with actual photographs of the circuit, to the Google Street View mode, to a simulator to Pro Cycling Manager mode.

The free version reduces the attraction, while maintaining basic simulation capabilities in the pedaling, just leaves us with a boring view of 2D circuit.

The third-person view allows you to have a more global view of the circuit.

Why do we say this? Because the roll is smart and adapts to the orographic conditions of the circuit you have chosen. Slopes are noticed (and you notice much, which makes it really interesting hard exercises), and dance to the view that we have on our screen. In addition, the realistic and international nature of the simulator makes that we can ride the circuit of Rio 2016 or flirty highways of Holland, something that we don’t have at our disposal in our day to day.

Do you like dimensions of the? 12% in your living room? You have them. Would you like an eternal level track to test your skills as Wheeler? You also have it, in the form of velodromes.

The possibility of pedaling on real-world scenarios, adapting the speed camera to our movement, is the most successful aspect of the Simulator first person, and how to best reproduce our experience on the bike outdoors.

The permanent dump of data in the form of calories burned, Watts generated each time, constant speed and, if you also connect your heart rate monitor, pulsations, each route makes a compelling experience. The challenges they are not finished.

And it is also full of people

If this is not enough, and to complete the powerful Simulator included in the paid version, Bkool Smart Pro is also a large community of passionate by bicycle. Strava mode but in real time: whenever you enter a circuit you begin to compete, to run at the same time that other people connected from their homes.

Velodrome option allows us to access the track and tests where we can measure our speed.

Works well, because although not permitted to have the feeling of camaraderie, conversation and good atmosphere typical of any group of friends who share a common fondness on the pedals, Yes offers other incentive to test himself, to do more and not abandon to the always-predictable point of boredom of all roller. Bkool Smart Pro, in his Simulator, does its best to do the hardest thing: stay true to your habit of pedaling home, forgetting the wonders of hit the road. Another point for them.

Experience: so far a simulator to the street

While technical specifications are unbeatable, as well as the section dedicated to the application, the relevant when it comes to test a roll of these features is greater or lesser suitability to the experience that cyclists are on the road. Are there similarities in friction bicycle perceived when walking on the road? The slopes are correctly adjusted, pedaling suffers in the same way he does it when we chained one hill with another? To what extent is Bkool trustworthy to the reality?

There are elements that a roll can never imitate, although Bkool strives to much filing limitations pedaling home. Experience thanks

Before answering the questions, should keep in mind that, in the same way that Bkool offers features far superior to other competition rollers, also requires greater investment: the Smart Pro version, with one year of free Premium Simulator, cost 523€. It is a major expenditure. Is it worth?

It depends on what one look for in a roll. There are elements that simply cannot be move the Interior of an enclosed space. An important aspect to keep in mind is the wind: decisive as it is in any situation, the many wonders of roll and app are unable to simulate it, obviously. Also different Asphalts or irregularities which can be found on a road, in addition to the logical turning radius of each curve. Elements that the remarkable efforts of the Simulator can not add.

Being strict, the result is a rather monotonous experience. The inclusion of circuits of all kinds and cameras in first person to walk on roads around the world is all a discovery, but not prevent, in essence, is a pedal-static with more or less resistance on the roller where the sensations, in the end, depend very much on the motivation of self and of his capacity for concentration.

The Simulator is a vital addition within Bkool roll, but perhaps may be accessory for bikers who devote their session of pedaling to complementary tasks

It is a vital added, but for many cyclists, perhaps interested in performing other tasks while they cycle home (read, watch a movie, listen to music or even work) can be judged as dispensable. But should also be benevolent: the wide range of circuits and their profiles terrain, not to mention the hilarious role of the Street Car in the first-person view, offers an experience above the average. It allows folding pedaling commitment and implementation and it is very stimulating.

In this sense, Simulator, although perhaps to Polish, advancing the future of rollers: technological tools so accessible to the fingertips, staying in a mere analog roller can become a fossil of the past.

The social section, in this sense, yes I judge less relevant. Pedaling is often a struggle against one’s self or with friends, which, aside from occasional piques, there is no real competition (and Yes enjoyment in the company). That aspect is lost in favour of a group of connected users looking to match its best time revolving around a circuit. The result is a massive time trial where, at best, there is pressure to vent to be among the best of times. But it is little tangible, it is very cold.

The main defect is the loss of the melee, which in road cycling has nothing to do with a mere “see who best keeps pace in a circuit” typical of races against the clock. There, and being aware of the complexity of the task, Bkool Yes has a long way to go, because the experience is incomplete and only offers a social dressing which serves as ornamental detail rather than as something motivating.

In general terms, the Simulator is very interesting and usable. It is deepening in the concept of “roll” for home, and is very bright and very attractive at the time of articulate circuits around the world with defined profiles. Perhaps in the future they can include classical or complete stages for the bravest, trying to experiment with the roughness of roll to imitate different types of road (or the shield). While that day seems far, offering Bkool as roller + Simulator is of the highest level. Invited to enjoy it and to experience it.

However, it is impossible to replace, as we said at the beginning of this review, the sensations of the road. Go to wheel, sweat outdoors, face impossible profiles on remote roads, knowing the landscape that surrounds you, vent it and still have to get home, reserve forces, etc. They are elements that cannot be completed by a roller. Within its possibilities, experience of Bkool is more than correct, but by requiring such a high investment, only worth if you were to squeeze the maximum (which can be) throughout the week.

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