Frequently Asked Questions

General

Where are SportCrafters products made?

All SportCrafters bike rollers, trike trainers, handcycle trainers and accessories are made in the USA. All design, machining and assembly takes place in our facility in Granger, Indiana, and almost all of our raw material is sourced within a 30-mile radius.

Where can I buy a SportCrafters bike roller, trike trainer, or handcycle trainer?

Our products are available on our website, and through a wide variety of local bike shops and international distributors. Find your closest retailer.

Are your products available internationally?

Yes - please see our list of international distributors.

How can I keep up with SportCrafters news, updates, contests, etc?

Sign up for our e-mail newsletter and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

What is your warranty policy?

We are 100% committed to making products that you love and that last forever, so our products are covered under a lifetime warranty.

How does ARC Technology work?

ARC Technology is a mechanical magnetic resistance system. See our Technology page for a quick video and detailed explanation.

How can I contact SportCrafters?

Email: info@sportcrafters.com, Phone: 574-243-2453

How can my local bike shop become a SportCrafters dealer?

Interested bike shops can fill out our online Dealer Application. There is no minimum order or annual commitment, but we do offer great margins and incentives for larger orders. Contact us if you have questions!

 

Omnium Trainer

What is the Omnium? Is it just another indoor winter bike trainer?

The Omnium Trainer is unique in that it folds to fit in a carry-on bag, weighs 13.5 lbs, and provides a similar power profile to a fluid stationary bike trainer. It is optimized for race warmup - the drums will not wear your race tire, and the front fork mount allows you to leave your race wheel on. No risk of chain alignment issues from removing the rear wheel or skewer before your race. The Omnium's features also shine for training in small apartments, and athletes who travel frequently. That being said, you certainly can use it in your basement in the winter.

Where can I purchase an Omnium?

The Omnium is available on our website, and through a wide variety of local bike shops and international distributors. Find your closest retailer.

Can you really carry the Omnium onto an airplane?

Ultimately, airport security is a risk-based operation, so there are no guarantees. However, our local experts at TSA have given their opinion that the Omnium is "good to go." See the full explanation for more details.

Are the front legs of the Omnium height-adjustable?

The front legs are not height adjustable. We recommend using the trainer on a flat surface for the best performance. We are considering this feature for a future version of the Omnium.

Is there a thru-axle version of the Omnium?

Although we do not currently have a dedicated thru-axle version of the Omnium for sale, we have received many requests for this feature and will be pursuing a design very shortly. In the meantime, please consider using a Hurricane Fork-Up attachment; if you have both 9mm and thru-axle bikes, this is a very convenient way to make the Omnium work for both.

Is there a Lefty version of the Omnium?

Although we do not currently have a dedicated lefty version of the Omnium for sale, we have received many requests for this feature and will be pursuing a design very shortly. In the meantime, please consider using a Hurricane Fork-Up attachment.

View the SportCrafters Omnium Product Manual

 

Bike Rollers

What is the difference between Cadence Rollers and OverDrive Pro Rollers?

Cadence Rollers are a standard aluminum bike roller with no additional resistance. You will still experience some increase in resistance as you spin faster, but it will not be a realistic power curve. The OverDrive Pro Rollers have one drum with an internal magnetic mechanism (indicated by one red end cap), that automatically increases resistance with speed. The resulting power curve reflects a realistic road ride, with small variances based on your bike, weight, tire pressure, etc. For more information, read an in-depth testimonial about the OverDrive Pro Rollers.

Do I need a fork stand?

We recommend purchasing a fork stand when: 1) You have several family members with varying skill levels who want to use the same set of bike rollers, or 2) You would like to be able to space out in front of the TV every now and then. We do not recommend using the fork stand as a permanent fixture on the rollers, because you will not gain the benefits of improved handling, cadence, etc. For more on this, read Why Train with Rollers?

How can I train with power using SportCrafters rollers?

Our power curves are integrated with TrainerRoad software. All you need is an account, and they will be able to provide you with a power readout based on speed. Learn more about this simple and very inexpensive option.

Do you have any tips for getting started with riding rollers?

See 12 Roller Riding Tips for Newbies on our blog.

Why is roller training beneficial?

See Why Train With Rollers? on our blog.

View the SportCrafters Rollers Product Manual

 

Trike Trainers

What is the difference between the Mag Trike Trainer and the OverDrive Trike Trainer?

See "Which Trike Trainer is Which" for a complete explanation and helpful buyer's guide.

What wheel size will the trike trainers accommodate?

Both of our Trike Trainers will accommodate between a 16" and 700c wheel. You may experience a very slight variation in tire pinch drag with a smaller wheel, but it is negligable.

Why does it feel like I'm "rocking" on the trainer?

We're not talking about "rocking" as in: "I'm totally rocking this workout!" Some of our customers have experienced a fore-aft rocking on the trainer due to an uneven cadence. If you have a dramatically uneven pedal stroke, the trike will tend to come out of the cradle. This can be improved by focusing on a round pedal stroke and/or using clipless pedals.

View the SportCrafters Trike Trainer Product Manual

 

Handcycle Trainers

What is the difference between the Mag Handcycle Trainer and the OverDrive Handcycle Trainer?

The Mag Handcycle Trainer automatically increases moderately in resistance as you increase your speed. This is the perfect trainer if you are a beginner, are using the trainer for rehab and recovery, or just want to spin lightly at home. The OverDrive Handcycle Trainer also automatically increases in resistance as you increase your speed. However, this trainer will provide you with more resistance than the Mag in higher speeds. This is the perfect trainer if you are an avid handcycle athlete, or want to do interval training indoors.

What is the Rhythm accessory, and do I need it?

For many handcycle athletes, there is a natural "surging" motion in the pedal stroke that causes the handcycle to rock on the trainer. The Rhythm is designed to accommodate for that - the handcycle trainer sets on top of the Rhythm, and the entire unit moves forward and backward slightly on the wheels. It is not a necessary accessory, nor is it preferred by all handcycle athletes.

View the SportCrafters Handcycle Trainer Product Manual

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