Viiiiva – More than a Heart Rate Monitor

You can be forgiven for thinking that Viiiiva is just another heart rate monitor (HRM). After all, it looks every bit like a regular, ordinary HRM like many others on the market. Look closer at the specs of this technical marvel though, and it may just get your heart beating a little faster.


It’s the Little Things

Like most monitors on the market, Viiiiva is (coin cell) battery powered. Unlike others though, Viiiiva’s design gives you easy access to battery changes. Got a coin? You’re in.

But this minor detail only hints at the superior engineering of Viiiiva.

ANT+ and Bluetooth®, <3 Forever

Here’s where Viiiiva gains its advantage over the rest of the HRM market. It’s the first of its kind that can read two bands of wireless signal. In other words, ANT+ and Bluetooth 5.0, together on one device.

The legacy of that innovation lives on in Viiiiva, and helps to replace all kinds of other tech for a fraction of the cost.

Viiiiva Connects

What does all this dual-band talk mean? It means Viiiiva not only reads your heartbeat. It can read the signals sent by your ANT+ devices, like your power meter, speed sensor, and cadence sensor.

But most importantly, it can connect your ANT+ sensors to a Bluetooth device like a smartphone or tablet, or Apple TV. It can also store that data until you can sync and upload it later on.

Viiiiva Saves the Day
(Based on a true story)

Karen is a recreational cyclist who has fallen in love with cycling. Her bike has many of the latest trimmings, including a GPS head unit, and speed and cadence sensors. Karen wants to keep her Spring and Summer fitness by doing some training indoors. Specifically, Karen wants to use Zwift, the popular indoor training program.

But Karen has already invested a lot in her bike and doesn’t want to spring for a costly smart trainer. And her home computer isn’t up to the task of rendering Zwift’s glorious 3D virtual environments.

Karen’s low-cost solution is to buy Viiiiva. For $79.99, not only does she add all of the benefits of heart rate measurement to the mix, but she can also connect the tech on her bike with Zwift’s app on her phone. Karen is Zwifting happily, with accurate readings of all of her data. She sleeps restfully, dreaming of the power meter she’s putting under the tree for herself this year.

Why Train with Heart Rate?

Your heart rate demonstrates the physiological effort it takes to produce an effort. Here’s why knowing your heart rate is useful:

  1. Heart rate is an excellent measure of changes in your health and fitness in response to training
  2. Recognize the heart’s warning signs for illness or overtraining and its response to heat or altitude
  3. Good for training during longer efforts in specific heart rate zones

Viiiiva Features

  1. A first of its kind, Viiiiva acts as a bridge between ANT+ devices and Bluetooth® displays such as an iPad, smartphone or Apple TV
  2. Connects directly to popular training apps like Zwift
  3. Stores up to 65 hours of workout data until it can be synced later
  4. Up to 200 hours of battery life from an easily replaceable coin cell battery

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4iiii at Kona Ironman World Championships, a Photo Essay

The Ironman World Championships took place on October 13 in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, and our team was there to take in the action. We are proud to support many of the athletes competing and we salute of each one of the competitors for completing such a grueling event.

Former professional triathlete, Ironman competitor and 4iiii Product Manager Scott Cooper took these pics of the action in the village, at the 4iiii tent, and out on course.

The entrance to the Ironman Village

This year’s event was one to remember. With a very fast day, records were shattered with the first Pro men ever to go under 8hrs, as well as the Pro female and overall age group records being broken. 4iiii was present with a booth in the expo, helping support our Kona athletes with last-minute power meter checks, battery changes, and tune-ups to make sure they were ready for the race.

4iiii HQ in the Kona Village, where we met a lot of new friends and helped prep our athletes for the event

4iiii Product Manager Scott Cooper (in black) with the Canadian Forces Triathlon Team

4iiii Product Manager Scott Cooper with Bart Coaching Head Coach Bart Rolet

Some last minute tweaks in the 4iiii tent, and this athlete is ready to go and compete. Love the 4iiii Kona crank decals!

4iiii Ambassador Vincent Blais on the run course

Canadian Joe Maley, Military Division World Champion, coming down the finishing chute in the blazing afternoon sun

4iiii Product Manager Scott Cooper with Angella Goran, who will be trying to set the Canadian Hour Record in May. Hopefully, she’ll use her new PRECISION Powermeter!

We saw some stellar results from our athletes, including Joel Maley who became the Military Division World Champion. All of our triathletes used their powermeters to pace themselves through the heat of the lava fields and still have the legs for world-class run splits. We want to thank everyone for stopping by the booth and we look forward to being back on the Big Island next year!

Were you there? Do you have a goal to compete next year? Tag us in your pics and stories — we’d love to hear from you.

Podiiiium PRECISION Powermeter Now Available in Ride Ready Options

FOR RELEASE Sept 18, 2018

Reno, NV., U.S.A (Sept. 18, 2018)- 4iiii Innovations Inc. announces the much anticipated Ride Ready offering of Podiiiium PRECISION powermeters at Interbike 2018, the largest annual industry bike show in North America.

Podiiiium, the rechargeable, low profile offering in the PRECISION product family is now available and shipping on Shimano Dura-Ace, Ultegra and 105 non-drive side crank arms. Previously only available as a Factory Install option on user supplied cranks,
Podiiiium now joins the PRECISION Ride Ready lineup online and in stores worldwide.

At just 7.5 grams, Podiiiium shares the same lightweight, accurate, waterproof and extremely durable features that cyclists have come to expect from 4iiii, and is compatible with other PRECISION Powermeters to complete dual configurations. Podiiiium Ride Ready is available starting at $399.99 for the 105, $499.99 for Ultegra and $599.99 for Dura-Ace in US dollars.

“The Podiiiium platform shows our commitment to building innovative products with our customers’ needs in mind. Being rechargeable, Podiiiium removes the need to change batteries and the low profile fits discreetly and protected behind the chainring. ” says Product Manager, Scott Cooper, Ph.D.

For those looking for the best powermeter to be installed on their own crank, 4iiii offers its custom Factory Install program with compatibility options including SRAM, Campagnolo, FSA and many more. 4iiii supports powermeter installation on alloy and carbon cranks maintaining an accuracy of +/-1% on the products delivered. Podiiiium is designed to support a full suite of dual compatibility which gives the customer more flexibility to choose single or dual to support their training needs. A full list of Factory Install compatible cranks can be found at https://4iiii.com/support/software-and-documentation/

Ride Ready Podiiiium PRECISION Powermeters will be launched at Interbike 2018 in Reno, Nevada and will be available for customer purchase immediately.

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World Number One Annemiek van Vleuten Dominates Home Tour

by Konrad Manning

Update, Sept 26, 2018: Annemiek just won the World Championship in the time trial for the second year in a row.

With an impressively convincing win in the final time trial stage, Mitchelton-SCOTT’s Annemiek van Vleuten secured a second successive victory in her home UCI Women’s WorldTour race – the 21st Boels Holland Ladies Tour on Sunday 2nd September, 2018.

Three Winner’s Jerseys

It was an intensely satisfying week for the thirty-five-year-old from Utrecht who, as well as retaining the orange winner’s jersey, enjoyed two time trial stage wins and a road stage victory. In a dominant home performance, she also won the Mountains and Points classifications.

Leading from start to finish to win the prestigious Dutch tour title, by a margin of 52 seconds, also keeps on-form Van Vleuten on top of the 2018 UCI World rankings.

The flying Dutchwoman, sped around the final technical 18.6km time trial course in Roosendaal at an impressive average speed of 46.5kph (cadence average: 93rpm) to win the stage by 22 seconds from European champion Ellen van Dijk (Team Sunweb).

In Her Own Words

“The race planning was spot on and I was in great shape, but the big difference from previous years is that we, as a team, can really compete for the overall win. The team assisted me very well and I knew that I did not really have to ever get into trouble myself,” Annemiek said after her race victory.

She also understands that this Dutch race historically plays an important role in the preparations for the World Championship at the end of September where Annemiek will defend her World time trial crown.

“I believe that the Boels Ladies Tour is great preparation for the World Championship in Innsbruck for me,” Annemiek told us, “but above all it’s a race where I wanted to go for the overall victory again. My altitude training in the Italian Alps three weeks ago has really paid off again and I felt in great shape. It is a competition that really counts for the women’s peloton, so it’s an important race to win and sends a signal out ahead of the Worlds.”

Time-Trialing to an Early Lead

The six-stage Dutch tour started perfectly for Annemiek who, resplendent in her rainbow-striped skinsuit, won the short 3.3km prologue in Arnhem by the relatively large margin on seven seconds averaging 45.3kph.

“Seven seconds, that’s a lot!” an excited Annemiek told us afterwards. “At first I thought that I had misheard the winning margin. I’d prepared very well though, thoroughly visualising the time trial beforehand. Then I gave everything with every bend and detail printed in my head and I crossed the line completely spent. The winning margin though, that has surprised me.”

Annemiek then proceeded to solo to victory – with 20km to go – in the first road stage around the hills to the south of Nijmegen winning by 12 seconds despite riding briefly off course close to the finish line.

Holding the Lead in the Final Stages

Stage three ended in a bunch sprint with Annemiek safely in the peloton and still in orange. On stage four she lost six seconds of her lead to Lucinda Brand (Team Sunweb) with the queen stage to follow the day after in Limburg. Strong riding by Annemiek and her Mitchelton-SCOTT team meant she retained the leader’s jersey on the tough 158km Limburg stage and went into the final time trial stage with a 22-second cushion over Brand. With Brand crashing and having to change bikes, during the final time trial (which dropped her out of the top ten overall), it was Van Dijk who secured second place in the race behind Annemiek.

“I saw today’s time trial stage mainly as a warm-up for the World Championship and a perfect test with all the main competitors here,” Annemiek told reporters. “Wearing the race leader’s jersey, I did not want to take any risks in the corners, this was my last race before the Worlds and now I’ll do the final preparations at altitude.”

We wish Annemiek a very successful training block prior to the Innsbruck Worlds and also success to the rest of her 4iiii-supported Mitchelton-SCOTT team.