Richie Schley’s New Gravatron App Captures Air Time, Cornering Speed & More
Sure, you could Strava your next mountain bike ride, but that’d only tell you how fast you went. The new Gravatron app captures your air time, speed, ride time and more to help you prove you’re bad ass. Er, we mean, improve your ride.
Inspired by a trail near Whistler, it’s the brainchild of Richie Schley and Martin Schüller, a German pro rider. They came together on the Rotwild team, and as fate would have it, Schüller was headed to Canada to get a masters degree in digital PR. So, as part of a student project, Gravatron became a reality. Not quickly, mind you. We first saw Richie playing with it at the Crank Brothers product launch last year and kept bugging him to let us tell you about it. But, they kept it in beta and refined, tweaked and tested. And, from these screen shots, we’re glad they did…it’s much more refined and feature rich now. After three years in the making, it’s finally available for iOS and Android download now…
It tracks speed and position using GPS, and the accelerometer measures airtime. The app provides instant feedback for trailside consumption and comparison, all of which can be uploaded to the companion website for further analysis and community sharing.
Once you save a ride, it’ll upload your ride data to their website and graph the ride, letting you see your hang time and the speed you hit the jumps and in the corners. By mapping it, you can pretty easily see which jump you were on when you got record air and how fast you’re able to take specific sections.
“We wanted to gamify the ride, but in a more fun way than Strava,” Schley told us. “It’s not as competitive, but still lets you compare your rides against your buddies.”
The app is designed for gravity oriented adventure sports in general, including skiing and snowboarding so far. Their website even has beginner guides to get started in all three sports.