Fiiiit PRECISION Powermeter for Indoor Cycling

Fiiiit brings 4iiii PRECISION POWERMETER technology to Indoor Cycling

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4iiii Innovations, a Cochrane, Alberta company, is bringing the same PRECISION powermeter technology used by World Tour cycling teams Quick-Step Floors and Bora-hansgrohe to the increasingly popular indoor cycling market. The waterproof PRECISION is also being used to train the crews of ORACLE TEAM USA in defence of yachting’s America’s Cup.

4iiii CEO Kip Fyfe comments that “we’re proud to offer PRECISION powermeter technology to enhance and personalize the indoor cycling experience. With the expertise of an inspired 4iiii team we’ve adapted the powermeter used by professional cyclists to indoor studio and home use. Now, any bike with a compatible bottom bracket can be a state of the art power bike.”

The Fiiiit powermeter measures the energy a rider produces. 4iiii Product Manager Brandon Riches notes that “accurate powermeters combined with high-level heart rate monitors such as our Viiiiva enable riders to monitor improvements in their fitness and strength as heart rates drop and watts increase.”

Indoor Cycling merges community, cycling, music and professional instruction in an intense workout that burns 300–500 calories an hour.

4iiii Innovations is a major force in running and on/off road cycling, offering a full range of industry leading products including Fiiiit, PRECISION and PRECISION PRO powermeters, Viiiiva heart rate monitors and the Sportiiii performance coach.

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For media inquiries:

Suzanne Hamilton
Marketing and Communications
800.218.3095
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228 River Ave
Cochrane, AB CAN
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Power Meter of Choice of Etixx – Quick-Step Now Available to Public

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July 22nd, 2016 (Cochrane, Alberta)  – 4iiii Innovations Inc., official partner and supplier of power measurement to Etixx – Quick-Step, announces that the PRECISION PRO dual-side power meter is now available. 

PRECISION PRO, the power meter being used by Etixx – Quick-Step at the Tour de France, is priced at $749.99 through 4iiii’s Factory Install program, including installation on customers Shimano DURA-ACE 9000 cranksets. As an option, 4iiii’s Ride Ready program, offers PRECISION PRO with purchase of a DURA-ACE 9000 crankset through the company. 

Koen Pelgrim, Head Trainer for Etixx – Quick-Step, comments that “4iiii’s PRECISION PRO power meter gives us valuable information about our riders’ shape and condition. It measures both legs independently, while only adding a few extra grams to the bike.” 

PRECISION PRO applies patent-pending 3D strain gauge technology to deliver industry-leading 99%+ power accuracy. Right and left power meters also provide cadence and communicate with each other to create a dynamic backup system increasing redundancy to ensure every ride is measured.

The sophisticated device simplifies connectivity and easy setup as it includes dual ANT+ and Bluetooth Smart wireless protocols for broad cycling computer and device compatibility. Over-the-air firmware upgrades using the 4iiii iOS and Android apps enable riders to stay ahead with 4iiiis latest upgrades and newest features. 

Karel Bergmann, PRECISION Product Manager and Technical Adviser to Etixx – Quick-Step explains that “PRECISION PRO and PRECISION have proven to be solid performers on tour with our  pro teams this year. 4iiii provides reliable accurate power feedback for all levels of athletes, on and off the road.”   

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PRECISION Firmware Upgrade 1.5.0 Now Available

 

Why upgrade?

Keeping PRECISION’s firmware current ensures that its data is as precise as possible. For example… a few users have reported power spikes at the bottom of a descent. This update will reduce the likelihood of this occurrence.

How to upgrade?

Same as previous upgrades:  With the latest 4iiii app, follow instructions in the PRECISION Configuration screen.

Follow our step-by-step guide under Firmware Upgrades at http://4iiii.com/support/software-and-documentation/

Need some help? Contact us at support@4iiii.com

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4iiii’s PRECISION PRO Dual Power Meter Available this July

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April 14, 2016 (Cochrane, Alberta) – 4iiii Innovations Inc. (4iiii), official partner and supplier of power measurement to the men’s World Tour Team Etixx – Quick-Step, announces that the dual left and right power meter, PRECISION PRO, will be commercially available this July.

This offering will be introduced through the company’s established Factory Install program for $749.99 US and initially installed on customers’ and dealers’ own Shimano’s Dura Ace 9000 cranksets.

This is the first dual model to ship from the long anticipated family of dual (left and right) PRECISION power meters. The company will disclose its roadmap to address dual on a broader family of cranksets in the fall.

PRECISION PRO utilizes the company’s novel, patent pending 3D strain gauge technology to deliver industry-leading 99%+ power accuracy. The right and left power meters communicate creating a dynamic backup system that increases redundancy to ensure every ride is measured. The sophisticated device also provides cadence, broad head unit and device compatibility through both ANT+ and Bluetooth Smart wireless protocols, easy calibration, as well as over-the-air firmware upgrades using the 4iiii iOS and Android apps.

“PRECISION has proven to be a solid performer on and off the road, and now with PRECISION PRO, 4iiii provides reliable accurate power feedback for all levels of athletes,” says Emma Bédard, PRECISION Product Manager. “Power helps riders focus on how their body reacts to training. While single sided power meters meet the needs of most riders, dual sided power provides an extra level of data for those fine tuning their training or those monitoring strength progressions when recovering from an injury.”

The company continues to design its left side power meters with the core capability to upgrade to a dual system when it becomes available. Owners and dealers with left PRECISION power meters on Dura Ace will be able to purchase upgrades online starting in May for a July delivery.

ABOUT 4iiii INNOVATIONS
4iiii Innovations Inc. is a global, Canada-based leader in providing innovative sports electronics to both OEM and retail markets. 4iiii has a complete family of products that take sports technology to a whole new level. The PRECISION power meter, Viiiiva heart rate monitors, Sportiiii heads-up displays as well as the 4iiii and Cliiiimb apps – are all intended to leverage technology for advancing the athletic performances of enthusiasts through to professional athletes. For more information: www.4iiii.com.

Media Contact
4iiii Innovations Inc.
Marie-Hélène Thibeault
E: info@4iiii.com

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4iiii Launches Cycling’s First 3D Crank Power Meter

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April 14, 2016 (Cochrane, Alberta) – 4iiii Innovations Inc. (4iiii), a global trendsetter in sport monitoring technology, introduces the industry’s first, patent pending 3D crank based power meter, PRECISION 2.0.

 

“Capturing all forces on the cranks in three dimensions (bend, shear and axial) moves traditional power monitoring a quantum step ahead to improve accuracy and lay the foundation for new features,” says Kip Fyfe, CEO of 4iiii. “This increase in power data quality and quantity is key to empowering coaches and cyclists with the detailed feedback they need to optimize their training and racing.”

 

Using a new streamlined and lightweight pod design and building on the robust technology of its predecessor, PRECISION 2.0 delivers industry-leading 99%+ power accuracy, dependable cadence data, broad head unit and device compatibility through both ANT+ and Bluetooth Smart wireless protocols, easy calibration, as well as over-the-air firmware upgrades using the 4iiii iOS and Android apps.

 

In addition to its novel, patent pending 3D technology, PRECISION 2.0 comes to market in two delivery methods, Factory Install and Ride Ready.

 

Through the company’s custom Factory Install program, users and dealers can send in their compatible left aluminum cranks now for immediate installation. This offering accommodates customers with tight frame/crank clearance combinations and enables riders to utilize compatible cranks not available in the Ride Ready program. With a retail price of $399 US, the Factory Install offering can be purchased now at 4iiii.com and through participating dealers with a current lead time of one to two weeks.

 

With its sights on building strong dealer relationships for the sale of its PRECISION 2.0 power meters, 4iiii introduces the new Ride Ready offering. Available for purchase now and on shelves starting in July, Ride Ready is an off the shelf left crank power meter with initial offering in three Shimano road models and two Shimano mountain bike models. PRECISON 2.0 in Ride Ready starts at $399.99 US.

 

The company’s first left and right dual PRECISION 2.0 configuration, also being announced today, will similarly feature 4iiii’s patent pending 3D technology and be available in July through the Factory Install program.

 

“We designed Ride Ready with dealers in mind, to give customers quick easy access through their preferred specialty bike retailers.” says Chris Nieckar, Brand Channel Manager. “Through the Factory Install option, dealers can also utilize their own crank inventory and add unique value for their customers.”

 

ABOUT 4iiii INNOVATIONS

4iiii Innovations Inc. is a global, Canada-based leader in providing innovative sports electronics to both OEM and retail markets. 4iiii has a complete family of products that take sports technology to a whole new level. The PRECISION power meter, Viiiiva heart rate monitors, Sportiiii heads-up displays as well as the 4iiii and Cliiiimb apps – are all intended to leverage technology for advancing the athletic performances of enthusiasts through to professional athletes.. For more information: www.4iiii.com.

Media Contact
4iiii Innovations Inc.
Marie-Hélène Thibeault
E: info@4iiii.com

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Friday File, December 11, 2015

Watt kind of cycling data do you need?

Today we bring you a review link, and a perspective about choosing a single side crank-based power meter.

DCrainmaker’s in-depth PRECISION review is live. In true DC style it is as extensive, detailed and informative as ever, gives an account of everything from PRECISION set up to performance. The last line of the summary ends with: “….it (PRECISION) takes the KOM for the least expensive direct force power meter on the market – and one that’s just as accurate and easy to use as ones that cost significantly more.”

Investing in a power meter is an important decision – one that’s bound to transform your riding experience and advance your cycling performance. It can also be a pricey venture with many power meter units running close to $1000 and others well over $2,000.

Through our commitment to high quality data for all cyclists, we’ve focused our early developments on a left-leg device and kept the price under $400 USD.

Here is some background in choosing direct force, single sided crank-based power meters.

A direct force power meter can be theoretically located in any part of a bike’s drive chain. A bike’s drive train can include any component that transfers energy from a rider to the point of contact on a bike. As such, any one of the following components can be considered a part of the drive train: pedal, crank arm, crank spindle, crank spider, chain, wheel hub, wheel spokes, wheel rim, and tire. The farther the meter is located from the rider, the more losses are absorbed by the bike before getting to the power meter and the less detail about the rider’s cycling style can be discerned.

The 4iiii PRECISION power meter is a crank based left side power meter. It is unique amongst other crank arm power meters in that it combines a proprietary strain gauge design with sophisticated software algorithms to provide superior accuracy and deep stride analysis. (Left leg pedal smoothness and torque effectiveness are included as a permanent features until January 15th)

The PRECISION power meter doubles the very accurate power measurement from your left leg to give you a single, very close estimate of your total wattage output.

While we all have cycling leg imbalances, the single-leg power meter methodology has proven to deliver highly accurate data to empower cyclists with the information needed to advance their performance. To this effect, PRECISION delivers a left leg accuracy range of 0 to 4,000 watts at +/- 1% error, and records a cadence range from 10 to 170 RPM. And, if you know of existing leg imbalances, our latest upgrades allow you to manually adjust your scale factor for an even closer estimate of your combined power output.

So what does this mean to you and your investment in a PRECISION single-leg power meter?

With left-leg only data, PRECISION is an accurate and dependable tool you can count on to gain new insights into your relative power. Even our own resident elite triathlete chooses to train and race with left only power. In her words “because it’s reliable”.

By adding this new dimension to your cycling, you can gain relevant information to guide your day to day training, as well as valuable information to compare your performance from event to event – all of this at the most competitive price in the market.

And for those who want the highest level of data sophistication, rest assured! 4iiii engineers are already hard at work on implementing the same level of accuracy already offered as part of the left-side solution to a future dual leg system. And yes, we’ll remain committed to delivering future solutions at leading prices.

That’s it for us this Friday. Remember to ride hard and smile often. If you are somewhere warm, take it in!

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‘Tis the season for Fat Bike Snow Angels!

 

As you may have noticed, we included two, early-adopter Christmas presents in the recent PRECISION power meter firmware upgrade.

These two cycling dynamic features – Left-side Pedal Smoothness and Left-side Torque Effectiveness – are exclusively available if you have already purchased PRECISION or if you purchase a PRECISION by January 15th, 2016.

Here’s how these features can take your cycling to new heights:

Pedal Smoothness measures how uniformly force is applied to the crank during a pedal revolution. For example, an output of 100 percent would indicate that you’re able to deliver the same amount of force all the way around the pedal stroke. This is nearly impossible since the human leg delivers far more force on the down stroke than on the upstroke. Knowing your pedal smoothness can be an effective way to improve your pedal stroke throughout the entire pedal rotation – not just on the down stroke.

The second, time-limited PRECISION feature we are sharing with you is Torque Effectiveness. This feature measures how much of the torque you deliver per pedal stroke actually helps to move your bike forwards. For example, a Torque Effectiveness of 80 percent would indicate that 80 percent of the torque you are applying is moving your bike forward, while 20 percent of the torque you exert on the pedal is actually working against you or wasted as heat or noise. Similarly to Pedal Smoothness, this is a great metric for helping you grow more mindful of your stroke and its impact on your energy output and efficacy.

Both of these features are single, left-side only implementations. While not the full dual-sided picture, this is a unique opportunity for you to test drive developments percolating at 4iiii.

As for PRECISION purchases made after January 15th, 2016, those units will come equipped with the same base product features designed to keep you ahead of your game:

  • • Lightweight, compact 9 gram (0.32 ounce) left crank design
  • • Accurate, consistent data (typically +/- 1% error)
  • • Improved battery life (100 hours on a 2032 coin cell)
  • • Battery status indicator (15% battery notification)
  • • Over-the-air upgrade capability for adding new features and updates
  • • Compatible with both ANT+ and Bluetooth Smart head units
  • • Smartphone compatibility
  • • User-friendly 4iiii app
  • • User configurable Rider Compensation Factor
  • • Improvements to saving zero offset and calibration values
  • • 4iiii Product Platform Integration

To take advantage of this offer and incorporate both Pedal Smoothness and Torque Effectiveness into your cycling regime, order your PRECISION power meter before January 15th, 2016.

Place an order now or for more product information, CLICK HERE.

This Holiday, ride hard and ride smart with PRECISION.

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Friday File, November 27, 2015

Your responses to the upgrades have been very positive and it appears that many of you are well immersed in the new features.  We live to hear your comments and suggestions as they really do inspire us to innovate.

For anyone not seeing your device information as you upgrade, do not fret.  It may only be a case of having to clear your Bluetooth cache.  If you want help, just send us an email to support@4iiii.com and we’ll walk you through it.

Now, onto something that is a true fusion of our winter season and passion for biking (and maybe a little post Thanksgiving relief for some?):  Fat biking!

Equipped with over-sized tires 3.8” (97 mm) and wide rims 2.6” (66 mm), fatties (as the bikes are affectionately known) are designed for low tire pressure and soft unstable terrain such as snow and sand.  Today’s enthusiasm for year-round biking adventures has seen a fringe curiosity turn into a frenzy for the modern fat bike. ( Men’s Journal recently published an article on this increasingly-popular ride option and outlined a number of riding tips that cover everything from clothing to tire pressure.)

Our own crew has had some ‘fantastic fun’ riding fatties under the blue Alberta skies.

Here’s to the start of a healthy and happy holiday season!

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Friday File, November 20, 2015

We’re excited to report that the Firmware Upgrades for PRECISION, Viiiiva and Cliiiimb were released this week. If you have not yet seen an email from us, or had prompts on your phone, you can access the over the air feature upgrades here. Here’s what you’ll gain with the latest upgrades:

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Version 1.16.0 on iOS / Version 1.2.0 on Android

  • • This app is your gateway to emailing stored Activity Logs to your preferred training app or site and the 4iiii web store.
  • • You can now Customize the Names of both your Viiiiva and PRECISION, which makes it easier to recognize your devices.

Viiiiva Heart Rate Monitor (HRM)
Firmware version 2.0.0

  • • Tap to Pair is just that – tap your smartphone to your Viiiiva for instant, super simple pairing in any crowded ANT+ or Bluetooth Smart environment.
  • • Activity Logging (also known as file save, memory and store and forward) lets you save data directly on your Viiiiva HRM even when you aren’t carrying your phone. It holds up to 65 hours of ANT+ sensor data.  Activity Logs can be emailed via the 4iiii app to your chosen training software. Of course, you can also see your data in real-time if you have your Sportiiii, smartphone or other compatible displays like smart watch, or bike head unit with you.
  • • The upgrade’s improved heart rate algorithm gives you superior R-R (beat-to-beat) measurement for determining Heart Rate Variability (HRV) and your level of activity readiness. Highly responsive heart rate sensing allows you to see quick changes in your performance (eg. Intervals).
  • • 10x increase in sensitivity to pick up even the lightest of heart rates.
  • • Indoor gym Fitness Equipment compatibility connects you to ANT+ enabled cardio equipment.
  • • Viiiiva is the bridge that connects the 4iiii iOS Cliiiimb app (version 2.2.0) to 4iiii heads up audio visual coach, Sportiiii. With audio and visual cues, Sportiiii is a great tool to keep you in your zone training, and king of your mountain on Strava segments.

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  • • Two battery improvements: You’ll go further with PRECISION’s 25% improved Battery Life and the Battery Status Indicator will alert you when it’s time to change your battery. Pay attention when your battery status shows as ‘low’ because that means you’ll have about 20 more hours before it’s time to change out the 2032 coin cell.
  • • Improvements to Zero Offset allow for robust and reliable handling of calibration values, thus maintaining accuracy.
  • • The Adjustment Scale Factor was introduced to address the fact that PRECISION is (currently) a left-only power meter, and not everybody has a 50/50 left-right balance. Perhaps from training on some different equipment, you know that your left leg is actually weaker and you have a 45/55 left-right balance. Doubling the power from your left leg (as per PRECISION and all single sided power meters), gives you a total power of only 90% of what you’re actually putting out. In order to adjust for this, you can simply set the scale factor to 50/45=1.11111. 50 because 50% is your desired reading for PRECISION (half of your total power output), and 45 because your left leg is actually only putting out 45% of your actual total power. This scale factor can also be used to match PRECISION’s output to other training equipment you use.

And now, as we share this much-anticipated release, we wish a Happy Thanksgiving to our US neighbours who will celebrate next week. While you’re all prepping for turkey and the trimmings, we offer you a wintery toast with our hometown’s world famous McKay’s Ice Cream.

Cheers!

 

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