Is there a way to use an iConsole bike with Zwift?

Hi! I’m having issues trying to connect my Fytter RI-08R with an iConsole bluetooth console, and i don’t even know if it’s really supported since i cannot find much information about it.

If my bike is not directly compatible, is there a way to use some external hardware to accomplish it?

Thanks in advance, I would really like to try out this amazing looking app!!
Rafa

@rafa_s
If you mean this Rider RI-08R, it appears not to have a power meter built in, so it would not work with Zwift.

Zwift works with many trainer setups, but at minimum, there must be a power meter source that broadcasts wirelessly via Bluetooth LE or ANT+. Here is a useful page that describes what you need to use Zwift.

For the same reason, it appears that particular Fytter bike would not work with the iConsole app either.

Hi

I have the same problem. I have this Fytter RI-M10R bike model. It has a bluetoth console compatible with iConsole and Kinomap. I would like to know if I can use Zwift since I really want to. if it is not possible, maybe I can buy some power accessory and thus be able to use it I’ll be waiting for your answers Thanks a lot

Hi @Edu_Rico welcome to Zwift forums.

This is not a product that Zwift supports. If this broadcasts in an industry-standard Bluetooth or ANT+ protocol, it might, but I am skeptical because nothing in the manufacturer web site indicates it will.

All it says is that it will work with iConsole and Kinomap, so it’s likely that’s the only apps that will work.

Exercise bikes are not like outdoor bikes in that they flywheels, cranks, and drive systems are not industry-standardized. It’s difficult to retrofit speed and cadence sensors to exercise bikes because they’re made for outdoor bikes.

Hi all,

I really would love to see iConsole support in Zwift. I used to Zwift on a Tacx Smart Trainer, but my wife also wants to train indoor, but she prefers an excersise bike over the racebike on a trainer, and we don’t have room for two. So we bought an Cardiostrong BX70i that is featuring an iConsole computer with Bluetooth connection (and it does much less noise than the wheel-trainer).

With the MyHomeFit App for Android I receive RPM, Heartrate, Speed, Distance and Watt from the bike and can upload the training units to Garmin. The app is also controlling the brake, so it should work with Zwift, if Zwift would support the iConsole protocol over Bluetooth.

I think if Kinomap can do it, Zwift can do it as well. On GitHub I found an sample implementation of the iConsole protocol: please see https://github.com/haraldh/iconsole
So in my humble opinion it should not be a big deal to support this protocol. I would also volunteer for betatesting if you cannot get hands on such a device.

These iConsole computer are beeing built in China and sold as OEM with a lot of brands. Not only for excercise bikes but also for Cross-Trainers. From googling for 5min I found Cardiostrong, Maxxus, Hammer, AsViva, Sportstech, FlowFitness, Luxqueen and so on. So I think this could really be a relevant market for Zwift!

Cheers,
Roland

Agree. I think there is an opportunity to develop a conversion app that uses the iConsloe data feed and re-broadcasts it out in standard BLE and ANT+ protocols. If I had the knowhow, I’d tackle it, but a little above my paygrade. I opened up my treadmill’s console and found the tiny iConsole circuit. Only a 4 cable plug from the treadmill through which it receives the speed, incline data and broadcasts it in a proprietary BT format and also must receive some data as it can adjust the treadmill incline from the app (iConsole+, Kinomap, etc…).

Zwift could also try to incorporate iConsol protocol in their app to receive and send directly from and to the equipment. The sending is pretty important to pass through the incline (treadmill) and resistance (bike trainer) data to the equipment.

Conceptually this is logical, but technically it requires some skills.