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New ElliptiGO 3C 'running on air' bike released

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May 27, 2011

ElliptiGO has announced the release of a new three-speed elliptical bike that is said to o...

ElliptiGO has announced the release of a new three-speed elliptical bike that is said to offer all the benefits of running and cycling, in one machine

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ElliptiGO has announced the arrival of a new sibling for its 8-speed elliptical running bike. Elliptical bikes are said to offer users all the benefits of running and cycling in one (strange-looking) machine, without many of the negative aspects, such as back and leg problems or saddle-soreness. The upright position also makes runners/riders more visible in traffic. The new 3C comes in a new color option, is a little heavier than its older brother and has only three gears, but is being offered at a lower price point to open up the unique workout to more consumers.

The elliptical bike was first developed after hip and knee injuries stopped ElliptiGO founder Bryan Pate from running. Looking for a way to keep fit, and finding cycling's riding position to be somewhat alien and uncomfortable, he started to use an indoor elliptical trainer. He wanted to escape the confines of the gym, however, so called on Brent Teal to make a low-impact running device that he could used on the street. The first generation elliptical bike - named Alfa - was born.

The next prototype was entered into the 2008 Rosarito to Ensenada 50-mile Bike Ride, as a proof of concept. Although Pate didn't win the race, he did finish amongst the middle of the pack, which spurred the pair onto making a production model. The very first ElliptiGO 8C was shipped in February of last year, and has now been joined by a cheaper model - the ElliptiGO 3C.

Riders can push their workout up a notch to get up to 20 to 25 mph

The company says that runners/riders should be able to comfortably cruise at speeds of between 12 to 15 mph (19 - 24 kph) and be able to handle inclines of up to five percent, or can push their workout up a notch and get up to 20 to 25 mph (32 - 40 kph). Different-sized users can be accommodated by adjustment of stride length (between 16-25 inches/41-64 cm) and by way of the telescopic steering column.

The new three-speed elliptical bike has a 54-inch (137 cm) wheelbase, weighs 42 lbs (19.1 kg) and has 20-inch aluminum wheels front and back, with linear pull rim brakes. The drive arms and frame are made from aluminum alloys and the foot platforms from composite nylon. A Sturmey Archer S30 trigger shifter is used to operate the three-speed internally-geared hub.

The ElliptiGO 3C is available now in green, black or orange for US$1,799.

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19 Comments

Kinda don't know what to say. At first it seems like a stupid idea, but then i think it might be a lot of fun.. hmmm then again I only like mountain biking, but maybe this would make road biking fun.. IDK.. I think I would have to try it. Pitty they couldn't make it drive the wheel directly or perhaps an internal planetary gear in the hub.

Michael Mantion
27th May, 2011 @ 08:54 am PDT

It's sorta impossible to connect directly. being there is a frame to work around, and some geometric constraints involving levers and lengths for the leg, the torques involved...but I saw the first model on Greenlake in Seattle and thought it an efficient fairly simple/eligant design.

Dear Gizmag- you maybe did not Lie, but you certainly misled me. Saw the forwarded headline and I thought they had added a compressed air tank, a sort of a powerboost passing gear...NOT. Thanks for the idea tho

walt

low kinetic human hybrid project

Walt Stawicki
27th May, 2011 @ 10:26 am PDT

Pate should have tried a recumbent bike. They're not perfect, but they solve most of the problems he cites such as back and neck problems. And there is a much wider range of models available, quite a few at much lower prices than the ElliptiGO. This is more of an exercise fad machine, sort of like the Rowbike. I'd also be wary of the high and forward center of gravity. While the upright posture may give him better visibility, it also makes the machine more liable to topple forward if the rider hits an unexpected pothole or has to make an emergency stop.

Gadgeteer
28th May, 2011 @ 09:21 am PDT

Looks pretty much okay, but the weight and price is really disconcerting. And what about riding on a hill?

Renārs Grebežs
30th May, 2011 @ 01:20 am PDT

Hope we can find one to test drive in Minneapolis. This looks like a blast to ride.

Carlos Grados
30th May, 2011 @ 07:37 am PDT

I see a couple of negatives:

1. Price: 3 speeds for $1800? Too much for a circus toy.

2. Weight: 42 lbs! Ouch!

3. Replacement parts: How long are they going to stay in business?

4. Wind resistance: Standing up like that would be like putting out a sail. Going 25 mph would only be possible down a steep hill or in a stiff tail wind.

I'd go with the recumbent bike before jumping on one of these.

coryatjohn
30th May, 2011 @ 08:23 am PDT

I'll wait for the $179.99 Wal-Mart knock-off.

William H Lanteigne
30th May, 2011 @ 09:04 am PDT

i will go with the recumbent bike. It is with-out a doubt the most comfortable bike you will ever ride. If you have had an operation for Postrate cancer it is impossibe to ride a conventional cycle. The narrow seats cause so much pain. A new seat design please some-one. Being an old fart I like my comforts.

'RECUMBENTS FOR EVER" YEAH"

Cheers John M

John M
30th May, 2011 @ 11:58 am PDT

I can't see why people who want their cycling to be more like running don't just run.

I appreciate that Bryan Pate found "cycling's riding position to be somewhat alien and uncomfortable", but with a little more practice, or by trying a recumbent, he'd have become used to it (as hundreds of millions have before him) and saved himself the time and effort of producing this heavy, expensive novelty. Time he could have enjoyed cycling.

DoctorDee
30th May, 2011 @ 08:59 pm PDT

I agree with coryatjohn and John M - recumbent ftw! Too bad that the market has so few of them and that they cost so much. Maybe you guys know of a good dealer located in EU and with shipping to EU countries?

Renārs Grebežs
31st May, 2011 @ 12:19 am PDT

Just think of all the gas you would save by not driving to the gym to spend time on an elliptical trainer. In fact, if you used this to go to the gym, you could possibly offset the time it takes to get there using this by not having to use one at the gym.

Kind of a fad idea, if you like attention, this would get you tons.

Eletruk
31st May, 2011 @ 09:33 am PDT

Visibility is not really an issue of upright or seating position, I think.

It's more about what kind of high visibility gears we use on the bike. Clothing, lights, reflective stickers, etc.

Imhof Iván
31st May, 2011 @ 10:48 am PDT

I checked out the videos online. Awesome. This seems elegant and fun. I'll be riding one soon. I gave up my titanium $$$ Quintana-roo for a heavier, inexpensive, used Giant. Who cares if I'm not as aerodynamic and light if my primary objective is fitness and fun? This seems heavier, less aerodynamic, but even more fun and even better workout. Evolution in action.

Tom Nelson
1st June, 2011 @ 08:36 am PDT

DoctorDee,

Pate doesn't run anymore because he can't. The article says he has knee and hip injuries. Blow out your knees and you'll never run again. Many runners who've destroyed their knees switch to bicycling because its zero-impact, continuous rotary motion is not only easier on the knees, it can actually heal them a little bit.

My only real beef is the price. It does look kind of fun. Who knows? If it flops (sadly, it probably will; novelty exercise machines litter the dustbin of history) and I can pick one up for $500, I'd give it a shot.

Gadgeteer
1st June, 2011 @ 08:57 pm PDT

Yes, the price is difficult, and I'd need the 8 gears for our hill, but with bad knees (and I wasn't a runner) I need to alternate activitesi: Nordic Walking, then Trikke riding and now tried the Elliptigo, too, for a few days and indeed: my knees didn't hurt at all... So, there is something to the lack of impact using this device. It is well designed, and is quite efficient and fast to learn to use... once you get the hang of getting going. More stable than the Trikke, goes faster, and gets just as many comments and "Way cool bike" comments... If price were lower I'd order one... I really did enjoy riding it and it is on the need to get list... I've not yet ridden in traffic, but you are far more visible on this than even on a bike, really... even if you're short like me!

Barbara Cooper Gleason
7th June, 2011 @ 09:55 pm PDT

Too expensive outfit....& the the three-speed internally-geared hub has been on the market for years.....Get it manufactured in the far east or India to bring down your costs... unless 'they' pirate it!

Hilton
1st November, 2011 @ 12:11 pm PDT

Safety hazard- stopping on a dime on a bicycle is done because of the ingenious mechanism of a crank. For this elliptical machine, stopping is problematic because motion relies on inertia. Although on a bicycle, one may instantaneously stop without concern of pedal inertia, for the elliptical machine like at the gym, when you need to stop quickly, there is a slow revving down and heavy imbalance meanwhile. With this lack of control children, animals, or anyone in the pathway of this machine may be run over.

John Woodward
5th January, 2013 @ 04:43 pm PST

John, what 'safety hazard'? The article stated that the new model uses "...linear-pull rim brakes". inertia is a function of mass, not the type of drive train. Inertia is no more of an issue for this elliptical cycle than it is for any conventional bicycle of the same mass.

While the crank was what converted a snails-pace scooter into a wild mustang called a bicycle, the free-wheeling hub tamed the crank. The single speed coaster-brake bicycle has the word 'coaster' in its name for a reason.

Your concerns about air resistance are valid and the company knows it. It's not a racing bicycle. It is a workout machine on wheels and the people buying this machine know it.

Noel Frothingham
30th January, 2013 @ 07:01 pm PST

How about no leverage, no gears, all you, not half of your body doing the work to propel. The Trikke doesn't use your arms just to steer while your legs do all of the work, you get a full body workout. Great for riders with knee, and back problems. Not a dealer, just a happy 10 year, 75 year old trikker.

Trikker
12th February, 2013 @ 10:37 am PST
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