What is X-Biking and who developed it?

X-Biking is the term used to describe an indoor cycling program conducted while riding the new Trixter X-Bike™ Indoor Performance Cycle. The X-Bike is a revolutionary next-generation indoor bicycle designed by Trixter Developments, LTD based in Wiltshire, England. X-Biking, different than traditional indoor cycling (Spinning), provides a total body, true-to-real cycling indoor workout more akin to cross training typically only possible with a combination of exercises and equipment or a real outdoor bicycle.

Who is doing X-Biking?

There are numerous professional athletes and trainers that have been using and endorsing X-Bikes and X-Biking since their introduction nearly two years ago.  These people include:

Missy Giove, two-time downhill mountain bike world champion, mother of female extreme sports competition and mountain bike Hall of Fame member

Greg Minnaar, 2005 men’s downhill mountain bike world cup champion

Ricky Carmichael, multi-time AMA Supercross and Motocross champion

The Renault F1 Driver Development Program and Human Performance Center

Gunnar Peterson, celebrity and sports athlete trainer

There are also 100 health clubs in North America who are now offering X-Biking to their current and prospective members. 

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What makes X-Biking different from traditional indoor cycling (Spinning)?

There are many things that differentiate X-Biking from the indoor cycling that most people are familiar with.

First and foremost, the patented X-Bars (right) are designed to engage the upper-body and core musculature as the rider moves them from side to side mimicking the real motion created when riding a real mountain or road bike out of the saddle while climbing or sprinting. The handlebar movement also promotes improved balance and coordination functions further enhancing the effectiveness of regular X-Bike rides. Further, the X-Bars incorporate a resistance mechanism to enhance the upper body and core workout not possible with traditional indoor cycling (Spinning).

Second, the X-Bike uses a standard ‘freewheel’ gear mechanism unlike the ‘fixed gear’ mechanism found on the traditional Spinning bike. The X-Bike’s freewheel gear makes it the safest indoor bike to ride and further enhances X-Biking workouts because the rider is forced to maintain correct form and utilize their entire pedal stroke, thereby increasing the overall metabolic cost of the effort. This is just one of the reasons X-Biking classes need only be 30 minutes long.

Third, the X-Bike features an on-the-fly shifting mechanism that permits the rider to control the resistance at the pedals without moving their hand from the handlebars and with a very high degree of accuracy.

Why is the X-Bike class 30 minutes instead of the usual 45 minutes with traditional indoor cycling (Spinning)?

FASTER – Part of the three word X-Biking tagline… FITTER. FUNNER. FASTER. The average rider will burn about 500 calories riding any of the 30-minute interval based X-Biking classes. It can take up to twice as long to reach the same goal riding traditional fixed-bar, fixed-gear, indoor bikes. Plus, the pre-programmed X-Biking classes with custom music tracks designed for each of the unique ride profiles free your X-Biking instructor to focus entirely on your needs as a rider rather than writing the workouts or being a killer DJ.

How does the X-Bike provide a fundamentally better “core” workout than a traditional indoor bike?

On a traditional rigid indoor spin bike with a fixed gear flywheel, the ‘equipment’ provides a stable platform on which the rider works. The handlebar rigidity forces the arms and lower spine to act as stabilizers while the transfer of flywheel momentum through the cranks means that the pedal acts as a stable platform on the upstroke. In essence, the stability of the equipment negates the recruitment of the core stabilizers.

On the X-Bike, the natural, true-to-cycling movement of the handlebars and freewheeling drive train give the user fewer stable contact points and result in the engagement of the core stabilizers to fix the user over the bike in the appropriate position to pedal.

Why the X-Bar ‘pump’?

No one runs with their arms fixed in position by their sides – so why would anyone want to ride a bike with their arms rigidly fixed either?

Many sport-specific moves involve the upper and lower halves of the body doing something different yet acting simultaneously. The weird thing is that success in many of these different sports is affected by the position of the pelvis and where it remains.

To run fast, to skate fast, to moto-cross fast, to hit a fast ball, to turn fast on a pair of skis and of course to mountain bike, road bike and X-Bike our pelvis must constantly be the ‘peace keeper’ and remain stable between the two halves of our body. As they perform different actions at the same time, the pelvis unites the body, allowing you to perform to the best your ability – without developing injuries.

The X-Bike is the only indoor bike that allows you to better maintain a stable and neutral pelvic position while allowing simultaneous motion and resistance work for your upper body!

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A pixel is one dot on your computer screen or graphic image. Many pixels together make an image.
A megapixel is one million pixels. Digital camera quality is measured in megapixels, which is usually displayed on the camera.
This is the number of pixels across and down that a picture contains. The higher the resolution, the better quality of picture you’ll get. Higher resolution pictures can also be larger in size without loosing quality and looking fuzzy.
The list below is from www.howstuffworks.com/digital-camera.htm and lists some typical digital camera resolutions:
  • 256×256 – Found on very cheap cameras, this resolution is so low that the picture quality is almost always unacceptable. This is 65,000 total pixels.
  • 640×480 – This is the low end on most “real” cameras. This resolution is ideal for e-mailing pictures or posting pictures on a Web site.
  • 1216×912 – This is a “megapixel” image size — 1,109,000 total pixels — good for printing pictures.
  • 1600×1200 – With almost 2 million total pixels, this is “high resolution.” You can print a 4×5 inch print taken at this resolution with the same quality that you would get from a photo lab.
  • 2240×1680 – Found on 4 megapixel cameras — the current standard — this allows even larger printed photos, with good quality for prints up to 16×20 inches.
  • 4064×2704 – A top-of-the-line digital camera with 11.1 megapixels takes pictures at this resolution. At this setting, you can create 13.5×9 inch prints with no loss of picture quality.
High-end consumer cameras can capture over 12 million pixels. Some professional cameras support over 16 million pixels, or 20 million pixels for large-format cameras. For comparison, Hewlett Packard (www.hp.com) estimates that the quality of 35mm film is about 20 million pixels