Relay Fitness Group, the inventors of the patent-pending Orb Planetary Drive System, have begun distributing the home fitness versions of the Evo Fitness Bike: the Evo i and Evo ix. The Evo Fitness Bike is a revolutionary indoor cycle that utilizes a chainless and beltless internal drive, as well as a unique swaying feature called RAMP™.
"We're excited that the Evo Fitness Bike is now being purchased and used by people all over the North America," stated Marko Vujicic, CEO of the Relay Fitness Group. "We've used our decades long industry experience to create an indoor cycle that is comfortable, elegant, and best of all, fun."
While technically an indoor cycle, the Evo Fitness Bike utlizes a unique drive system called Orb™. The Orb™ Planetary Gear Drive System has a compact, single axis design that negates the need for a belt, chain, or external flywheel. It is a completely enclosed, three piece crank with an aligned sun gear. According to the inventor and the many trainers and cyclists who have tested the indoor cycle, the lack of a belt or chain means two things: less maintenance and a more realistic feel.
Unlike indoor cycles that require constant maintenance and tuning due to the belt or chain, the Orb™ is a simple, intermeshing gear system that is completely enclosed. This means no loose belts, disconnected chains, or exposed mechanisms that are subject to dirt, sweat, and grime. With no external flywheel, there is also an element of safety not present in other indoor cycles.
The Orb™ also offers a more realistic road feel because of the unique feel of intermeshing gears. Many trainees have said that riding the Evo Fitness Bike sounds and feels like rubber tires coasting over asphalt. To encourage this effect, the inventor of the Evo Fitness Bike also incorporated a feature called RAMP™ (Rolling Articulating Mounted Pivot).
The RAMP™ feature allows the frame of the bike to pivot 10 degrees to either side of the base. This swaying motion is not intended to mimic a turn, rather, it allows riders to pedal using a more natural, full body motion. In addition to making the indoor cycle more fun to ride, it also engages the core and upper body while challenging the rider's balance at the same time.
Combining the Orb™ and RAMP™ technologies required a new design which culminated in one of the most simple and attractive indoor cycle's available. The Evo Fitness Bike's frame is made with an innovative cantilever design that has gone through rigorous static and dynamic testing, making it extremely durable.
According to the inventor, every element and feature of the Evo Fitness Bike was designed to maximize the efficiency of each workout while also meeting the comfort needs of every rider, from the 35-year-old extreme indoor cyclist to the soccer mom looking to lose a few pounds before summer. Innovations like the custom-designed InfiniteFit™ Handlebars, which allow for the four major hand positions, two large water bottles, and a smart phone, to the easily adjustable, large comfort seat, attest to the inventors focus on the end user.
For the extreme indoor cyclist, the Evo cx and mx models also feature the Advanced+ Evo computer which displays time, distance, RPM, heart rate, calories, and watts. Those Evo Fitness Bike models also offer a race seat option and a pivot-locking function to stop the swaying motion allowed by the RAMP™ feature.
Offering extreme durability, elegant design, and innovative patent-pending features, the Evo Fitness Bike is offered at mid-range prices when compared to other high quality indoor cycles.
The Evo Fitness Bike i and ix models are now available at home fitness retailers in over fifty locations across the United States and Canada. In the second quarter of 2012, the commercial models of the Evo Fitness Bike, the Evo cx and mx, will be offered by commercial vendors distributing to most of the USA and Canada.
The Relay Fitness Group (RelayFitness.com), creators of the Evo Fitness Bike, are also working with a list of top trainers and coaches to create workout programs made possible by the new technologies present in the indoor cycle.