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I feel like you're onto something. They take an iPad, slap it on an exercise bike, and charge $2000 for it. I could do that for the cost of the parts. The only thing protecting their business model is their exclusive patent on the idea. Perhaps the patent system is what is truly at fault here?

Comments like this remind of the top comment when Dropbox was announced on HN[0]:

"For a Linux user, you can already build such a system yourself quite trivially by getting an FTP account, mounting it locally with curlftpfs, and then using SVN or CVS on the mounted filesystem. From Windows or Mac, this FTP account could be accessed through built-in software."

No, it isn't just an ipad slapped on an exercise bike. And no, the patent system is not at fault here. There are dozens of competitors in this market. But Peleton won it.

[0] https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=8863

Exactly. I can’t say for sure they’ll succeed but they are definitely onto something here. I explained the things o like in the comments above. It is well integrated. All the pieces work really well together. In comparison it’s a fight to get zwift to connect with my smart trainer, hrm and cadence sensor every single time I hop on it.

I was skeptical until I did some classes on a Peloton, and I was impressed. It’s cheaper than one of the boutique spin studios, and the bike is nicer. It does a great job of making you feel like you are part of the class. I would own one if I already didn’t have multiple other ways I get my daily exercise.

The HN crowd is spectacularly ill-equipped to understand Peloton. It’s an actual physical product! Used by people who exercise! A business model that doesn’t involve evading regulation nor stealing personal data!

Nah it’ll never catch on /s

Do you have a Peloton or have you at least tried one? I don't/haven't but this seems pretty reductive.

Ipad: $800 (for similar size screen) Quality bike of similar component parts: $800+. Trainer: $800.

You're already $400 behind the cost of a Peloton, which is only $2000...

If you have access to wholesale prices for these parts, sure you could build your own Peloton at home. But using off-the-shelf parts you're just wasting money.

Why do you need a quality bike? You don't need it to be fast or efficient or have good shocks or tires if it's stationery.

rsync is better than Dropbox amiright?

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