The Smart Power User Guide
QUICK START GUIDE (Refer to additional sections for more details)
-Plug in control box (solid red light).
Because of the floating action of the rollers, it is important to route the power cord to avoid strain as you ride. The best route is to run the cord under the frame either to the left or right side, leaving a loop of cord near the control box to allow for the frame motion. If you must run the cord either forward or rearward under the drums, be sure there is no contact with a spinning drum.
-Launch the IR companion app and log on.
-Go to general settings page.
-Pair the device
-Pair your power meter if desired. (the power meter must be awake to pair)
-Push the ride icon to access the ride dashboard.
-Choose a ride mode on the IR app to set your resistance manually. This is a good time to warmup and let the power meter auto calibrate.
-Launch your preferred cycling app (Zwift,etc) and connect to the SmartPower as “FEC trainer serial #xxxx”
NOTE: If you are using a PC to run your preferred cycling app, you will need the ANT key plugged in to a USB port.
The Smart Power system uses a magnetic device to change resistance levels. The magnet is precisely positioned to create the desired wattage for the rider.
The two modes of operation are Manual and Auto control. -In Auto, the system is paired to and controlled by the app of your choice. A computer or mobile device is required. -In Manual mode, the system is operated with the Inside Ride companion app or the optional handlebar remote. In Manual mode, you can choose between plain resistance, ERG or SIM.
MANUAL MODE OVERVIEW
Choose between Plain resistance, ERG or SIM:
1. PLAIN RESISTANCE allows you to choose one of 9 preset magnet settings using the remote.
2. ERG resistance allows you to set a wattage target in 10 watt increments with the app or remote and let the system modulate the magnet position to maintain the target. If you pair a power meter, it will be used as the wattage reference in ERG.
3. SIM allows a grade to be specified and automatically applies wind resistance.
AUTO MODE OVERVIEW
In this mode, a cycling app installed on your computer or mobile device communicates with the Smart Power system. The Smart Power system will recognize apps that use either ANT+FEC or Bluetooth FTMS.
A power meter (ANT+) can be paired to the SmartPower in either Auto or Manual mode.
The control box features 5 LED status indicators
Smart Power LED Code
Notes on Power Meter use:
The SmartPower is optimized for use with a power meter. It is recommended to connect the power meter to the SmartPower unit rather than directly to the training app. NOTE: the power data is smoothed inside the unit, and will appear different than raw power.
When a power meter is connected (solid blue LED), it has a self calibrating feature that adjusts for your weight and tire pressure to enhance wattage accuracy. This self calibration takes place whenever the rollers are being ridden at the zero resistance setting as indicated by the yellow light (MIN RES). Typically this would take place at the start of a training session as part of a warmup. It requires that you ride at a steady speed for 1- 2 minutes. The calibration will not take place unless the system detects steady speed at zero resistance. Choose a speed and gear that allows easy spinning. Ride for at least 1 minute and 2 if possible. That will allow the system plenty of sample time to calculate the rolling resistance using power meter data.
When the system is powered up, the red light is illuminated. The system automatically looks for a power meter for 1 minute, indicated by the blue flashing light. If you do not use a power meter, you may cancel the search by pushing the center remote button or just wait 1 minute, which puts the system in plain resistance mode (flashing green). The first time you connect your power meter during this search period, you must use the IR app or the remote to initiate the connection. When pairing is successful, the blinking blue turns to solid blue. Your power meter must be awake to pair.
NOTE: Once your power meter has been paired for the first time, the SmartPower device will remember and connect to it automatically in future sessions. Using the IR app, you can easily connect any power meter within range.
Manual Modes: PLAIN RESISTANCE (manual mode, single flashing green) This mode features 9 preset resistance levels 0-8. Use the IR app to select. The level may be adjusted anytime whether riding or not. The system will always seek the zero setting whenever it’s powered up. The unit will stay in the chosen resistance position when the power is unplugged and will not move until it is powered up again. It can be ridden without being powered up.
ERG RESISTANCE (manual mode, double flashing green) To use the ERG, you must set a wattage target using the IR app.
Once the target is set, the system will automatically keep the resistance at the target level as your speed changes. ERG works either with or without a power meter. You can pause ERG by getting off the bike. When you get back on and start riding, the system will return to the target automatically.
Auto Mode Operation (app control)
To connect SmartPower to other cycling apps (ZWIFT, Trainer Road) power it up and pair your power meter first, then launch the cycling app and search for available trainers. The SmartPower will show up as "FEC trainer" on most apps. Once the connection is made, the cycling app will take control of the Smart Power system. A power meter, if connected, will become the default power source for the trainer.
Minimum and maximum resistance settings:
The SmartPower system features adjustable resistance, but rollers also have some natural resistance from the natural drag of the bike's tires. Even with the resistance set to zero, there will be a certain level of effort required to pedal the bike on the rollers. This rolling resistance is dependent on your weight and tire pressure.
Maximum resistance is the natural rolling resistance plus the maximum magnetic resistance, as indicated by the yellow light (MAX RES). Also referred to as the “wattage ceiling”
Minimum resistance is the rolling resistance alone with no added magnetic resistance, as indicated by the yellow light (MIN RES). Also referred to as the “wattage floor”
NOTE: If your system fails to respond to a target during the workout, it could be due to hitting either the wattage “floor” or “ceiling”
If you are using a power meter, the system will self calibrate the rolling resistance as described in the power meter section. If you do not use a power meter, the rolling resistance is an estimate based on weight. Either way, your weight should be entered into the rider profile on the IR app. It’s also important to enter your weight into any other cycling app you use, so that they all agree. If you are using the Floating Fork Stand (FFS), you will need to select it on the IR app.