ANT+ Enabled Devices
With ANT+ devices
, such as a heart rate strap or cadence sensor, you can ride using wireless devices rather than the standard wired sensors that usually has to be
mounted on your bike. This allows you to keep it simple and use the same wireless equipment you're used to using outside. You'll also find using an ANT+ enabled heart rate strap to be much more consistent than
the older equipment throughout the entire ride.
PerfPRO Studio can support the following ANT+ sensors:
- Heart rate straps/sensors. This is by far the most popular sensor to use since ANT+ enabled heart rate straps tend to be much more consistent than the Polar digital heart rate straps or ear-clip
that comes standard with a CompuTrainer™. It makes a world of difference when you know your heart rate strap is going to work each time and every time.
- Cadence and Cadence/Speed sensors. You can get these for around $36.00
at the Amazon website and is totally worth the cost. Unless you are doing SpinScan testing, which requires RacerMate's hard-wired cadence sensor, then having the wireless cadence sensor makes things even simpler.
- Speed sensors. These sensors are supported and are useful when using a stationary trainer. There is an option within PerfPRO Studio to override the CT's speed with the Cadence/Speed
sensor's speed, but not advised as you would need to adjust the wheel diameter and such. You can also use the speed sensor
with a stationary trainer to get simulated power (SimPower) wattage readings. Some refer to SimPower as Virtual Power, which is the same thing.
- Power Meters. As with speed sensors, power meters can be read and are useful only when using a stationary trainers or riding with another ANT+ enabled recording device
such as a Garmin. Stationary trainers can be added to the screen just like a CT display so riders on their stationary trainers can see their watts and get performance data after their ride. For individual riders whom have a power meter on a CT you can add a stationary trainer
and see a side-by-side comparison of the CT's power compared to your power meter. That can be kind of fun.
- ANT+ Remote Controls. If you are using a Wahoo KICKR or a Stationary/Turbo trainer you may use a certified ANT+ remote to control resistance and have access to your personal rider menu. This allows riders to get the same handlebar controller
benefit as CompuTrainer users as well as eliminate the need to be right at your computer. And what's cool is this remote is completely wireless. You will need a 2nd ANT+ stick to allow one or more
remotes to connect to PerfPRO Studio. Check out the O_Synce ANT+ Remote Control if you are interested.
Muscle Oxygen Monitors (MO2). MO2 devices may be used to measure saturated hemoglobin percentages and total saturated+unsaturated hemoglobin values during your ride. Ave/Max/Min values are also measured during the ride and saved
to the same performance file. This information can then be fully analyzed in PerfPRO Analyzer. Check out the Moxy Monitor for more information.
FE-C Trainer Profile. You may add an ANT+ FE-C Bike Trainer rider display to PerfPRO Studio and control the trainer. It functions the same as other controllable trainers so both FTP/ERG and Course mode workouts may be used as well as MixMode workout types.
For multiple riders, PerfPRO Studio does a great job of managing each rider's unique devices and can support virtually an unlimited amount of devices using only one ANT+ stick
. Because each ANT+ device carries its own unique identification number, these numbers can be associated with each rider. Once a device is assigned to a rider
it stays with them no matter what trainer (e.g, trainer #1 through #20) they are on. If PerfPRO Studio did not pick up their device right away the rider can use their handlebar controller at any time
during a workout to find their device and get it enabled.
Power Meter Control
You may pair up your power meter with a controllable trainer and have the power meter adjust the resistance to follow its power output. This is useful when you know for certain your power meter is more accurate than your trainer. PerfPRO uses a unique algorithm to make this happen and no firmware updates by the trainer's manufacturer is necessary. Just set it and forget it.
Additionally, with a 2nd ANT+ stick
you may also have your CompuTrainer or simulated power stationary trainer
transmit as a power meter back to your ANT+ enabled bike
computer (e.g, Garmin 500, iPhone, etc.) so it can pick up your workout. This allows you to save your workout to your device as well and make it easier to push data up to Garmin Connect or Strava. It's pretty
cool having the additional option, especially in a large studio setting where sometimes it can take a few days to get your data results back. This way you take your workout home with you.
Within PerfPRO Studio's options, ANT+ device history can be managed and devices can be tested. There is also a feature to find devices for multiple users at once. Go
into the Tutorials Section
and watch how to setup ANT+ devices for multiple riders at once.