The StagesBike SB20 uses both Bluetooth and ANT+ connections, just like our power meters. This means that it can be connected to a wide variety of devices, from cycling computers, mobile devices, and even laptop computers.
For cycling computers, the bike is using the ANT+ FE-C and Bluetooth FTMS controllable trainer profiles. This means if your head unit has this feature as well, you can run a workout on your head unit and have it control the resistance to follow along. If your head unit does not have this, however, you can still use the bike as a power meter and use the shift buttons to control the resistance.
For mobile devices and laptops, you will need to use a compatible app to connect to the bike. StagesBike works with TrainerRoad, Zwift, RGT, and many other applications that support controllable trainers and power meters. Note that for some laptops, an ANT+ or Bluetooth dongle may be required.
No device? No problem. You can still ride the bike using the manual controls. This works great for other riders of the bike within your home or riders just starting out who have not committed to a particular device or service. You can also follow along to spin classes and group workouts using the gears to change resistance while watching on your personal device.