Specification of the Kettler Racer 9 Indoor Cycle
Usage: Home Use The high spec’ Racer 9 Indoor Training Bike has all the benefits of its counterparts with a gear shifter on the handlebars offering quick and responsive gear change. The virtual selection of chain rings at the front as well as the sprockets at the rear to determine the gear selection recreates real life outdoor training.
The Racer 9 can be changed to watt based training at any time, therefore improving the intensity of your workout with clearly defined feedback. The easy-to-use display shows pulse, watts, time and much more key data to help track your body, fitness and performance during a workout.
With plenty of features to ensure you get the best out of your fitness equipment without leaving the home, the Racer 9 allows you to improve your workout and tone your lower body. The adjustable saddle and handlebars give the comfiest fit so you can stay fit and healthy with ease during the winter months.
Includes KETTLER WORLD TOURS 2.0 SOFTWARE. Original Campagnolo Chorus EPS Ergopower shift handles. Display constantly shows pulse, distance, watts, time, speed and RPM. Silent induction brake with no moving parts for extreme durability and precision. Ergometer with chain shifter mode to enable quick and responsive gear change, mirroring the experience of real life training. Virtual selection of chain rings 2 x 10, (front) and sprockets (rear) determine the gear selection. Gear selection via electronic shifter on the handlebar. Switch to watt based training for a more intense experience. 1000 Watt max power! Pulse recovery feature with fitness mark. integrated POLAR compatible pulse receiver for use with chest strap (extra). 18 kg flywheel mass for especially smooth running. Saddle and triathlon handlebars adjustable vertically and horizontally (both exchangeable). Combi-click pedals, castors and height adjustment. Size when set up L/W/H (in cm): 131/53/126. Max. user weight 130 kg. Mains Connection Required Made in Germany. 3 yr parts and labour warranty. Lowest Seat Height: 83cm Maximum Seat Height: 116cm Top of seat to pedal: 72cm Max. User Weight: 130 kg
Our Review of the Kettler Racer 9 Indoor CycleHow Easy is the Indoor Cycle to Build? It's fairly straightforward and the instructions provided are very good.What are the first impressions? This is a seriously good indoor training bike with some amazing features: - Fully adjustable. Just about everything on the bike is adjustable so that you can find your perfect cycling position. - The Campagnolo gear shifters are a great feature. Positioned at the end of the tri-bars they're accessible and give a top end road bike feel. The front and rear chain ring selections are shown on the console. - The console is very nice - the information is comprehensive and is presented clearly. Displays Watts which enables power based training - Kettler World Tours 2.0 is included in the pack which means that you can connect to your computer - the review of this software is shown below. - It's incredibly quiet - the Racer 9 is belt driven - Pedals can take cycling shoes or normal training shoes - Heart rate belt is included in the pack which is a nice touch - you can check your heart rate whilst cyclingWhat's it like to ride? The Kettler Racer 9 indoor cycle is the best training bike that we've ridden. Here's why: - It feels just like a road bike - The combination of the free wheel and the Campagnolo gear shifters make for an authentic ride - Incredibly quiet and smooth - Multiple handgrip positions so you can change positions during your rideAny niggles? No - it's about as good as it gets.Anything else to add? If you're looking for a spinning bike then this isn't the bike for you. If you're looking for an indoor training bike then throw away your turbo trainer and buy one - you won't be disappointed.Overall Impression? The build quality is exceptional (it's made in Germany - would you expect anything less?); the features are fantastic and the Campagnolo gear shifters are a really good addition to this bike. The fact that World Tours 2.0 is included makes this bike unbeatable if you want to cycle indoors - potholes; inconsiderate drivers and bad weather not included!!.
Our Review of the Kettler World Tours 2.0 SoftwareIs it easy to get the software working? Our approach to the set up was to try to get the software working with the bike without referring to the manual on the basis that if it isn't intuitive then it's bound to cause problems. The good news is that we got everything working within about 10 minutes and didn't have to look at the manual once. It's quite straightforward: install the software; enter the license key when prompted; connect to the bike using Bluetooth (you need to enable Bluetooth on the Racer 9 which is easy to do); and then create yourself a profile so that all of your training sessions are logged against your name. So, unlike other bike and software combinations, this is really straightforward to set up.What does World Tours 2.0 do? Put simply it record all of your training activity on the bike so that you can analyse and track your performance. But that's really only part of the story because the way that the software does this is really quite clever - it enables you to select predefined routes (like cycling the Ascent of Mount Fuji for example) or you can create your own route. Whilst cycling this route your performance (cadence; Watts; speed; heart rate etc) is shown on your computer in the form of current values and also a graph of historical values. Therefore, if you create a route that you know well you can easily replicate your outdoor cycle training indoors whilst gathering all of the performance data that you need - so when you next get on your road bike you'll have learnt more about where you need to push hard and where you can take it easy.Can I compare how my performance varies between training sessions? Yes - all data is stored under your profile so that you can see how you're improving over time and where that improvement comes from.How realistic is it when I hit a hill - does it get harder to pedal? Yes - the bike changes the resistance when you hit an incline, and as that incline changes so does the resistance on the bike. If you want to test this out then try cycling the predefined Mount Fuji route which will test your stamina and cycling to the max!!Can I set the Software so that it shows on my TV? Yes - there's an extra cable that you need that isn't supplied (cost about £15 from electrical stores) that will connect your computer to your TV. You need to check that you have a compatible TV of course.
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Cycle Specific Questions Q. Do you have any indoor cycles that free wheel? A. The Kettler range, including the Racer 9, free wheel.
Q. Can the seat be swapped for a normal bike seat? A. Yes. It's a standard bike seat fitting so you can attach a different seat if you want to.
Q. I'm 19st - is this bike suitable? A. Yes. The maximum user weight on this bike is 130kg (approx 20.4st).
Q. I want to train indoors during the Winter rather than riding my top end road bike. Would this bike suitable? A. This is what the Kettler Racer 9 has been designed for - to closely match the set up and feel of a road bike. It will be ideal for your indoor training needs.
Q. How do the Campagnolo gear shifters work on the bike? A. They're electronic shifters that match the set up of a road bike. You have 2 gears on the virtual front chain ring and 10 on the rear, giving a total of 20 gears (or levels of resistance). The shifters are set up to match an equivalent road bike with the same gear set up.
Q. What does the World Tours 2.0 software do? A. It's an online training aid - take a look at the Video under the Videos tab to see more.
General Questions Q. Is this bike difficult to assemble? A. No - instructions are included and we cover the build in our review of the bike as well. Just pay particular attention to attaching the pedals correctly.
Q. Can you assemble the bike for me? A. Yes. We can deliver the bike fully assembled. We will pack/wrap the bike for transportation but can't accept liability for any damage that is caused whilst the bike is in transit. Alternatively, we can arrange for a technician to visit your home to build the bike for you at an additional cost (please ask for current prices).
Q. Do I need a mat underneath the bike? A. We recommend that you have a mat underneath your indoor cycle to protect the floor but it's entirely up to you.
Q. Do you sell second hand or refurbished bikes? A. Generally not. Unfortunately it's not cost effective for us to refurbish indoor cycles to a standard that would be in keeping with our reputation. To fully refurbish an indoor cycle, the crank; crank arms; flywheel bearings; drive belt; pedals; seat and handlebars all need to be replaced. In addition, the frame needs to be checked for corrosion and distortion. In doing this work to the correct standard, the price of a fully refurbished indoor bike would be about the same as a new one. It's for this reason that we don't normally offer refurbished or second hand bikes for sale, and we strongly recommend that you fully understand how a bike has been refurbished before buying one.
Here are the customer reviews of the Kettler Racer 9 Indoor Cycle
Lovely bike to use and easy to setup Nice Road like feel especially at higher cadences and real bike fit is easy to replicate feels really solid . Sales assistant before and after purchase really helpful and knowledgeable. (30/01/2017) Nick - Brighton
Our Reply: Thanks Nick - we're pleased that the bike suits your needs.
Fantastic bit of training equipment It was a toss up between this and a Wattbike. The Racer 9 came out on top for four reasons, price,ease of use,warranty and excellent customer service and advice from Andy at Indoor Cycles. It has improved my cycling no end, giving you all the necessary information in an easy to use package. (31/12/2016) Mr Holmes - Devon
Our Reply: Many thanks for your comments!
seriously stunning bike and customer service I have to say Andy`s commitment to customer satisfaction is very impressive, this bike was an alternative replacement for a bike which had problems from day 1.This bike when coupled to the software provides an awesome analysis of your training session with breathtaking detail what an amazing machine (03/03/2015) Tony - Jones
Our Reply: Thanks Tony - you're spot on with your review. The software really sets this bike apart from all other bikes
Very happy with the whole purchase experience I phoned and received fabulously detailed, specific advice, with our needs being listened to properly and interpreted into what bike type might be appropriate. The Kettler Racer 9 has proved to be very good, exactly what was wanted, which was an indoor bike as close to a road racer bike as possible (27/01/2015) -
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Worthy of serious consideration Firstly excellent bike, the closest I've found to riding on the road with electronic gear change between the cogs and smooth action. Great service from Indoor Cycles and quick delivery. (15/01/2015) Graham Hutchings - Gatwick
Our Reply: Many thanks Graham - it really is a great training bike and the electronic shifters and the World Tours software set it apart from any other bike
Excellent bike and software The bike itself is sturdy, very well built and quickly adjusted to fit most riders. It is only let down by a flimsy water bottle holder. The Kettler World Tours software appears to be excellent but is badly let down by a lack of instructions in English (video only in German). (11/12/2014) P Yates - Kincardineshire
Our Reply: Many thanks for your review
Brilliant Absolutely brilliant. All I wanted and much more. Easy to set up and connect to computer. A bit more than I was going to pay but I'm so pleased I increased my budget to buy this. Thanks for helping me to choose - it's a minefield looking at all of the websites and I'm so pleased I found yours (18/11/2014) SP - Taunton
Our Reply: Thanks for your comments - we're pleased that the bike suits your needs.
Fantastic indoor training bike A perfect bike to replace your turbo trainer or to just train indoors. Read our full review in the "Our Review" section. (09/10/2014) Indoor Cycles -