Just days before Eurobike, Saris has announced three new products aimed squarely at the indoor cycling market. While it’s not quite a complete “indoor ecosystem” like Wahoo has developed, it’s pretty close–and includes a rocker plate, which Wahoo does not have. Here are more details…
MP1 Rocker Plate
Since I’m a big fan of rocker plates for indoor training, this is the most exciting part of Saris’ announcement for me. The MP1 (Movement Platform, 1st Generation) is the first full-length rocker plate released by a major cycling manufacturer, and while it’s not cheap by any stretch ($1,199 on Saris.com, $1000 on Amazon), it looks to be well-made and highly functional.
According to Saris, their first movement platform prototype was built 9 years ago. So a lot of time and effort has gone into the MP1! Made to fit all trainers, this full-length rocker plate uses a large leaf spring for back and forth movement, but also allows some fore/aft movement as well, which makes it an upgrade on existing “side to side only” plates.
Saris is calling the movement capabilities of the MP1 “Nfinity Technology”–read more about it here.
H3 Smart Trainer
Saris recently acquired CycleOps, and the just-released new H3 is the next generation of CycleOps’ H2 smart trainer.
The first Hammer to include Saris branding, the H3 features several key improvements over the H2. Here are the most noticeable changes:
- Very quiet (on par with Tacx Neo, Wahoo KICKR 18, and Elite Drivo)
- Large flywheel (20lbs/9kgs) for realistic inertial road feel
- Compatibility with more groupsets/hub types
- $200 cheaper than previous generation ($999 USD retail), making it the cheapest of the high-end direct drive trainer crowd
Here’s an unboxing and review video from Shane Miller:
Zwifters need a place to put their stuff, and if you want to move beyond that awkward music stand or stool setup, purpose-built desks are the way to go. Saris’ new TD1 desk matches nicely with the MP1’s birch, and includes a built-in power strip and full height adjustability.
Priced at $329 on Amazon, the TD1 is $70 more than Wahoo’s desk, and $190 more than the Conquer Desk which sits in my pain cave. As a solid, US-made unit with a real wood top, the TD1 is now positioned as the “premium” indoor cycling desk.
Want to see these products in action? Check out GCN’s new video below.