Wednesday, 12 January 2011

The Trixter X dream – a stationary bike that costs a fortune

There is a tendency here to say ‘just buy a normal push-bike and get some fresh air’, but the Trixter Xdream is billed as more than just a stationary bike. Why? Because it is claimed to be the UK’s first indoor interactive bike that accurately simulates the experience of riding outdoors. An LCD screen is mounted in front of the handlebars and allows the user to steer through 400 cycling trails from arid desert to densely forested highlands.

There are virtual competitors who set the pace and laterally moving handlebars to negotiate corners and avoid hazards.

The problem is, it’s not cheap – how about £5,995?

Personally, I'd rather get out in the fresh air on a real bike. Why spend six grand on a stationary bike when the reality, the real world is more accessible than the unreal world of the Trixter?

Mind you, it does look like good fun.

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  1. 6k!!! Bloody Hell!!! If I had 6k to spend on a bike I'd have 1 Ti mtb and 1 Ti commuter made.

    Has the world gone mad?

  2. Yes, you're right, although I guess it's the sort of thing a gym would buy rather than an individual, but I still think it's better being out in the air on a real bike.

    Hope you're well, Clive. How's the cycling going? I've been down with a sore throat, but Andy's back from hols and we're off again on Sunday.

  3. um.. I did spend $6000 on a mtn bike. over 50km its about 3 seconds faster than my old $500.00 one lol!

    AS for the trixter. I have ridden one and frankly they are annoying as the pedal "pressures" vary to try and imitate an up hill, down hill etc situation. I find them really hard to anticipate. So out doors is better 100%!!

  4. Hi, Simon. That's a lot of cash for a bike, but at least it's a proper bike and not stationary in a gym. I've never tried the Trixter but I guess that the best thing is the real thing.

    Hope all is well over there. I'm assuming you're nowhere near the flood zone. That all sounds (and looks) pretty bad. I've seen some video footage on the BBC website of cars being washed away. Incredible.

    Happy New Year, mate.

  5. mate- I have family up there but all is ok..very strerssful and now flooding in victoria. What a country!! thanks for your thoughts