First things first.. What is it?
Co-plate aims to increase the realistic feeling of indoor training, by using air suspension the plate allow the attached trainer to move side to side, up and down.
Make sense?! If not this video helps explain much more than words can
Installation and setup
Bikeacces include all required manuals and they are very easy to follow (I can provide links if you wish) but as a quick over-view here’s the installation I did to my Tacx Vortex Smart.
Here’s the main plate itself, It comes packaged with the main plate and the small boxes containing the various fixings.
Use the fixings to secure the trainer in place (Note that in the case of the Tacx Vortex Smart the resistance unit will need to be removed to secure the fixings around the tube frame)
That’s installation completed for the main unit, there is also additionally a front wheel riser and step (*These are additional cost) they could be made yourself, but for simplicity I bought via Co-Plate for a “complete” experience.
The riser could be done with a small box but the step whether bought from Co-plate or making your own is essential as you must NOT stand on the main unit as it will damage the air suspension.
The supplied step and riser in my case were easy to assemble, four screw in feet and also includes some double sided sticky pads to secure in place.
So all done!..
Well nearly the package includes a pump and gauge these are to check and adjust the air suspension either for your weight or preference (Increasing the pressure would reduce the amount of movement, the manuals give max pressures) It’s very easy to do and as the manual says make sure the pump needle and the gauge are entered into the valve at a 90degree angle to ensure the valve/air suspension is not damaged.
So now all done? Yes! Here’s how it looks when setup
Ok.. So how does it perform?..
Very well indeed I have to say I was initially concerned about the stability I felt as though I was going to fall over to the side when I first “hopped” on, For this reason I must stress that the step is an essential (Whether bought from Co-plate or home-made) because during this getting used to the Co-Plate you can balance one foot on the step while getting stable/clipped in.
It’s a unusual feeling at first as you feel a lot higher than before and the movement makes you feel un-easy but once you start pedalling away it goes, and there starts the more natural movement of the bike and the way your body moves during the pedal stroke it feels a lot more “normal” I say that as nothing is going to feel like riding outdoors because at the end of the day you’re not!
Then after 2-3 minute of riding you forget the fact you were at first thinking it felt odd and away you go, sprinting and climbing feels SO much better.
I held back from posting this review as I felt 1-2 weeks testing wasn’t long enough I’ve now had the Co-Plate since 2nd February 2016 (so nearly four weeks) and can comfortably say its highly recommended bit of kit from me, I’ve done a few FTP test on Zwift make sure its stable with twenty minutes flat out.
I’ve then done longer rides watching a film for 2-3 hours to ensure the suspension stayed inflated after continuous movement, pure 20-30 and 40 seconds sprints and its not missed a beat, Weight shouldn’t be an issue I weigh around 15stone/95KG/210lbs so a fairly big build for road cycling and no problems what so ever.
You do have to check the pressure (I personally do it every week-two – not sure on the official maintenance interval check) using the gauge, I’ve not seen a drop but it’s worth checking as part of a routine.
One thing I can say is the noise produced is certainly less, How much? I’ve no idea as I didn’t measure it before but its certainly quieter as I don’t have to have the TV volume as high anymore. (Hopefully someone can do a db test before and after installing)
So overall I really rate the Co-Plate its certainly added a more immersive feel to my indoor training, most of my testing has been done while using Zwift and its certainly given me a boost to train because it feels “better” whether that’s because its new toy or more engaging I can’t say but it does make me want to train more indoor because it feels overall more interesting.
Would I buy it again, Definitely I saw the Co-Plate posted on the Zwift Riders Facebook group and it sparked my interest from there I sent Co an email asking for details and a price estimate and he was more than happy to answer all questions I asked and has been a fantastic resource and a genuinely nice guy.
It does what it claims and I personally think its priced fair, its well-built and backed by a two- year warranty, It certainly adds to the overall training experience.
Zwift has made a big improvement to my fitness regime and given me a lot less reasons to skip training because of time constraints, weather etc etc and this coupled with Zwift has become my go to work out.
Here’s the view of the trainer / Zwift
I’ve received a few questions about different versions, Coplate list the following trainers they support – Tacx, WAHOO Kickr, Elite Real Turbo Muin , CycleOps* Jetblack*, Kurt Kinetic*, M-Wave* , Bkool* etc. * = available on request.
Part numbers and details on these are available here:- http://www.bikeacces.com/rocking-plate-info.html
Manuals for the devices can be found here:- http://www.bikeacces.com/rocking-plate-assembly.html
Main website – http://www.bikeacces.com/
Product Link – http://www.bikeacces.com/rocking-plate-info.html
I’ve managed to secure a discount on the Co-Plate it may vary dependant on your location (shipping methods etc) simply quote Zwift when asking for a quote, As an indication the full non-discounted Co-Plate itself is 189Euro plus shipping, the step and front wheel riser are extra.
*The price for the Co-Plate includes the Gauge and Pump*
The delivery came VERY well packaged! Infact it took me quite some time to get it unpacked but it was well protected! Good to see!
Questions? Ask away