Indoor training brand Bkool have announced that they will no longer be manufacturing their range of turbo trainers and exercise bikes, instead deciding to focus fully on their Bkool Simulator training app. Bkool's hardware rights have been sold to Versa Design, who will market the products under the Zycle brand name.
Bkool said the decision was made so they could focus on the 'most important' part of their business, the Bkool Simulator training app, which they say now has over 100,000 active users and over 250,000 users in total. Bkool's CEO Wences Sevillano said: "For Bkool, this agreement is essential for us, as it allows us to focus on the development of the best cycling simulator in the market.
"Each day we have more users who use other brands' trainers in our simulator. Our future as a company is to offer the best simulation experience, no matter what trainer you may have. And this agreement allows us to put all our effort into it, developing the best digital product for every cyclist.”
A quick scan of Bkool's website now prominently displays various other brands of smart trainer that the Bkool Simulator is compatible with. Despite the changes, Bkool have given assurances that anyone who currently owns a trainer or Smart Bike with the Bkool branding will still get a full after-sales service, and that Bkool software will continue to work with their trainers exactly as before.
Re-badged Bkool trainers carrying the Zycle name are already available on the Spanish Zycle website - we're not sure if they will be distributed in the UK yet.
Arriving at road.cc in 2017 via 220 Triathlon Magazine, Jack dipped his toe in most jobs on the site and over at eBikeTips before being named the new editor of road.cc in 2020, much to his surprise. His cycling life began during his students days, when he cobbled together a few hundred quid off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story) and bought his first road bike - a Trek 1.1 that was quickly relegated to winter steed, before it was sadly pinched a few years later. Creatively replacing it with a Trek 1.2, Jack mostly rides this bike around local cycle paths nowadays, but when he wants to get the racer out and be competitive his preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking - the latter being another long story.