I love the bionic runner. My goal was to run again without impact on my knees and the bionic runner solved that problem
I received my Bionic Runner June 2016. I stopped running for a few years as my knees started bothering me. The first few times I rode the bionic runner I could feel it was more of a workout compared to riding a bicycle. I used the Bionic Runner daily, running 5 kilometers a day for 3 months straight. After 3 months of daily use I was surprised to find the pain in my knees disappeared. My main goal purchasing the bionic runner was to be able to run on the boardwalk every morning. I was happy to achieve this goal and also to find that the bionic runner fixed my knee pain. I like that the bionic runner is easy to store and transport. The 8 gears are great for riding on windy days. The customer service has been excellent. The one main drawback is the price is a bit prohibitive. The Disc brakes sometimes need adjustment when they squeak so maybe regular bike brakes would be better. I wanted to suggest that they make a bionic runner that does not fold to make it even more sturdy, a bionic runner that has an adjustable handle bar stem for taller riders, a bionic runner that has a handle for transporting, and a bionic runner that has fat tires for better road performance, I was very surprised to see they addressed all these issues in the new predator model. I love the bionic runner. My goal was to run again without impact on my knees and the bionic runner solved that problem and actually made my knees pain free. I am very happy with my purchase. David. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1507045689572412/permalink/1834832890127022/
I followed the BR Facebook page for quite a while before I took a leap of faith I love it!
Family, friends, health, fitness, fun, being outdoors, all important things in my life. I felt like a door had been opened for me when I stumbled across the Bionic Runner on the internet. Hope, relief, that there was a way that I could continue to challenge myself, be upright and exercising outside. I loved the idea of non-impact running, what a wonderful way to cross train! Having been a Group Fitness Instructor for thirty years, a cyclist for 15, fitness is a passion for me. Can't say enough good things about it. Having had two cervical fusion surgery's has now impacted the way I can exercise. I followed the Bionic Runner Facebook page for quite a while before I took a leap of faith that this was going to be the right decision for me to purchase a Bionic Runner. I love it! I use it to cross train to keep my body healthy working my muscles in a different way without straining my neck. Many thanks to Steve and the wonderful customer support he and Carol provides. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1507045689572412/permalink/1834832890127022/
All told, it supplements my mileage in a way that lets me stay competitive while avoiding the pounding, and it has made me stronger! I love it
I use it to add to my weekly running mileage, and it has allowed me to stay strong and uninjured through several training cycles, including my last one when I ran the California International Marathon on my 60th birthday and beat the course record for my age group! I use it twice a week; once to commute 25 miles round trip to work, and once for a shorter ride. All told, it supplements my mileage in a way that lets me stay competitive while avoiding the pounding, and it has made me stronger! I love it and I'll use it until it dies (if ever--it is super well-constructed), then get another one! https://www.facebook.com/groups/1507045689572412/permalink/1834832890127022/
Received my Bionic Runner 2 on Fathers Day 2016 ... Have been addicted to riding it every day since.
Received my Bionic Runner 2 on Fathers Day 2016 ... Have been addicted to riding it every day since then (weather permitting) What I love most about it is its ability to emulate the feel and training benefit of a running workout. In my case a track workout, as I generally take it to the track everyday. I go to the track at time periods when its fairly empty. I start with a 5K - 8K tempo and then finish up with some interval training of various distances from 200m to 1600m https://www.facebook.com/groups/1507045689572412/permalink/1834832890127022/
The challenging workouts not only benefit my running but my cycling as well.
Oh let me count the ways I love my BR1. * Being seen around town and the unusual looks I get. *Explaining to people what the BR is and how it works. *Seeing the excitement on their faces as they go for their first ride. *The challenging workouts and how they not only benefit my running but my cycling as well. *The low impact it provides for my body. But mostly how fricken cool it looks. I can't wait to get my Run4 T. Can I get a free PREDATOR too? I want one so badly but my wife won't let me. If only I can figure a way to hide it from her. NOT POSSIBLE!!! Thank you Run4! https://www.facebook.com/groups/1507045689572412/
The BR has totally transformed my training.
The bionic runner has totally transformed my training. From the day I first received it in June 2014, it has been a major part of my fitness life. It has helped me stay healthy and strong and achieve some of my longest running distances in training I have been able to reduce the impact of my running by 50% through incorporating the bionic runner into different workouts. I use it for Hill repeats tempos, intervals and bionic bricks (Brun- run-Brun ) last summer I have had some of my most enjoyable rides together with Luke McDonald throughout Nova Scotia. We turned a lot of heads. I had one of the best rides and work outs of my life when I did a 120 km ride around the South Shore of Nova Scotia, visiting many beaches in Seaside villages along the way. It was my final farewell ride before moving to Ontario and one that I will never forget. Today I could not imagine training without the bionic runner and I truly believe that it is what will keep me running late into my senior years. Thanks Steve Cranitch and the run 4 team I'm so happy when I can get people turned onto this great innovation. So many runners are scared to jump on but when they do they're sold !! https://www.facebook.com/groups/1507045689572412/
An hour on the BR leaves me feeling as if I ran for an hour
I've been training on my BR since September of 2015. It quickly became not only my favorite cross training to running but something I have used to replace many of my long runs in an effort to preserve my knees for the "long run" (see what I did there). I have 2 other stand up bikes which I use more for "touring" and rides over 25 miles (this since my BR is the original chain ring and would be difficult with steep hills on rides of that distance). There are so many things I love about my Bionic Runner but these are my top reasons: I love that I can get a superior workout in a short amount of time. I love that my training on the BR mimics running in most every way, including, heart rate, perceived exertion, calories burned and an hour on my BR leaves me feeling as if I ran for an hour. The best part about all this training is that I am able to substitute many of my runs for a BR run without losing running fitness and all while not putting any stress on my joints. Strengthening my running muscles, getting a great workout, including a runner's high and all the benefits of running without any of the negative effects to my body makes me forever grateful to Run4 (and Steve) for creating such a fine machine. Which leads me to the last thing I'll mention that I love about the BR,(although there are many more things I love, like the ability to ride it just about anywhere and fold it up to fit in my car) great customer service and a company built on integrity and dependability. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1507045689572412/
My BR has allowed me to increase my mileage without the injury risk
I have owned a BR for six months and this is my first formal review. I wanted to wait until I had achieved success and that the reason I bought the BR had paid off. In short, the BR is amazing and worth every cent. I can confirm that it is possible to run a marathon (or in my case, a four day event) and substitute long runs with the BR. A bit of background, I had been running for about 12 months and decided that I wanted to the Dopey Challenge at Disneyworld (a 5km, 10km, half marathon and full marathon over four consecutive days). In my first twelve months of running, I had been plagued by ITB issues and foot pain and long distances just didn’t seem to agree with me. I was, however, undeterred in my goal. Under the guidance of the best physio in the world, Paul Trevethan, and running coach, Patrick Nispel, we devised a plan that would get me to the starting line injury free and based the training around the BR. Paul’s advice was to substitute as much of the long runs as possible on the BR. Every Dopey training plan focuses on back-to-back-to-back running days and we were going to deviate. Pat devised a training plan that put a lot of focus on the BR. I was skeptical and scared as I wasn’t sure I had prepared enough – isn’t the whole point of marathon training to pound the pavement and rack up the miles??? In all, it was a stunning success. I staved off injury all year, became aerobically fitter and gained significant strength in my legs. Even though I never ran a back-to-back day, or ran over 16 miles in training, I successfully completed Dopey injury free and with a smile on my face. Thank you Steve Cranitch!! https://www.facebook.com/groups/1507045689572412/
Five months’ in, we’re noticing a tremendous difference in our legs. Without question, the BR is extending our mileage and improving our running economy without the overload injuries
Running, training and racing are a big part of our lives – we’re only competing against ourselves; but the sense of accomplishment and well-being can’t be measured. When we run well, that feeling spills over into our day. But, ugh, the injuries: hamstring, Achilles, knee stress – all stop the running overnight. Six months ago, we discovered the Bionic Runner through a friend, had one shipped to Nova Scotia and haven’t looked back. BR number 2 is now set up (no more drawing straws to ride); and five months’ in, we’re noticing a tremendous difference in our legs. Without question, the BR is extending our mileage and improving our running economy without the overload injuries. Our overall pace and endurance have improved – so brilliant – and combining the BR with running means our legs aren’t thrashed. Our big hope is to see the results this spring and Boston qualify. We’re so grateful to be part of the innovative BR team https://www.facebook.com/groups/1507045689572412/
Since training with the BR my knees have improved.
Usually I am a nordic cross skater and I also like running but running is unfortunately not very healthy for my 50 year old knees. I am a good cook and I love eating and with this deadly combination you absolutely need to do sports even in winter. But cross skating is very bad on slippery and icy paths and bike driving does not burn enough calories. So I started a research and I found info about the Bionic Runner and I was deeply impressed immediately: lighter, cheaper, better movement and foldable. Perfect! So I ordered one without testing before and I did not regret. Best thing: If the weather starts to get really annoying just put that thing on an indoor trainer and have your workout in a warm and dry place. My hobbyroom is in the attic. No problem for the foldable design of the Bionic Runner. Ordering was easy, delivery was quick an reliable. Assembling works like a breeze thanks to the very good manual and the corresponding Youtube video. Also the first outdoor runs where great. Only little problem for the first meters for me was to overcome the reflex to sit down because some brain parts still think they are riding a bike...;-) Since I train with the BR my knees have become really better so that I am hoping – after some more BR training – to run again short distances in summer. I have a great benefit from that purchase. Great machine! https://www.facebook.com/groups/1507045689572412/
The BR work is really demanding training with a direct transfer to running
Hi folks! Since I discover the BR, I ́ve been excited. Now I may say it is so due to four main reasons: first, I found the way to substitute de indoor elliptical machine that I needed to use avoiding injuries in my Achiles tendom but payed with a very boring inside work. Yes, I could watch the tv meanwhile but I was looking trough the window and I was needing to breath and smell there out and get the spanish sun on my skin. Second, I realiced the BR work is a real demand training with a direct transfer to run and good sensations, so that I often train 20% extended timing that initial thought. Third, I ́m excited to live the development of this creation, following every Mr. Steve and team step to offer something that will change many outside sports lives. And fourth, I discovered a precious frendship and knowledged people who gives their best to the BR family!! https://www.facebook.com/groups/1507045689572412/
I'm overjoyed that I can use it to get a proper non-impact lunchtime workout in 35-40 minutes
The best thing about the BR is that I can once again get to feel "running knackered"! I can't run due to a rich variety of foot, ankle and knee injuries and so have been cycling instead, but the way you feel after a bike ride is very different to the full-body worn-out feeling I used to love from running. It's been 10 years since I last felt that satisfying effect, until my BR arrived last year. I love the curious looks from passers by, I like the effort it takes to ride and the fact that it is so much slower than a road bike, I'm overjoyed that I can use it to get a proper non-impact lunchtime workout in 35-40 minutes (which I can't do on a bike - that takes longer thanks to its greater efficiency) but above all, the realisation that I can once more enjoy that post-run feeling makes the BR the best 'bike' I have (and I have a few - despite recently thinning out the garage, I still have a mountain bike, two road bikes - aluminium and carbon - and an Elliptigo 11R). I'm a solo rider mostly, so no pics with me in them, but this is my BR2 mid-way around one of my lunchtime routes. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1507045689572412/
It does replicate the ‘feel’ of running quite well, it appears to exercise most of the running muscles, and it provides an excellent hard workout.
A review of my BR2 after 6 months riding. I was prompted to buy the BR due to my worn-out knee cartilage severely restricting my running, with the because my knee cartilage was badly worn, thus restricting the amount of running I could manage, and continued running would eventually result in complete breakdown and no running at all. It seemed like a way to still get the enjoyment which comes from running and to maintain some running fitness without the detrimental impact on my knees, so as to allow me to continue to do some running for longer. I believe it has fulfilled those objectives to a fair extent – it does replicate the ‘feel’ of running quite well, it appears to exercise most of the running muscles, and it provides an excellent hard workout. My first couple of rides were interesting when I initially found the stirrups hitting the back of my calves, until I realised I wasn’t on my bike and stood up straighter. I was also a victim of the ‘grip of death’ and it took probably 4 or 5 rides to relax my hands more. I was a bit ambitious at first and found myself having to stop for some short breaks on a 23km BRun. At that stage I had not run for 3 months due to my knee pain, so had little running fitness. My forearms got fairly sore at first, probably due to my tight grip on the handlebar. However, my diary note for my 4th BRun says “Great BRun!” and my next one says “Felt good”. From then on it just got better, as I became stronger. At present, I am going out to about 40km most time and feeling pretty wrecked by the time I arrive back home. I like the fact that my heart rate is pretty similar to what it would be if I were actually running; it’s about 20 to 25bpm higher than my bike average and a couple of hours BRunning is much harder that the same time on the bike. I still find hills very hard on the BR and would probably like a slightly smaller front chain-ring, but will persevere with the original fitment. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1507045689572412/permalink/1848877745389203/
It has help me continue to do what I love, to run.
Hello BR staff, I guess I can tell you why I"m using the BRunner for my training. It started about a year ago when a good running buddy got injured and they told him to really stop running before it can get worst. He loved running so he researched to find a way to continue without the impact. He found the BRunner. At first when I saw him riding it looked kind of funny. But he explain to us the benefits of it. A few months later my girlfriend purchased one. It was more for her to keep up with me during my longs runs. During my training for the NY marathon I got injured, having hamstring issues, but I could not stop with just less then a month away so I gave it a try. So i gave it a try n pushed it, I have to say after 3 miles on rolling hills it gave me a good workout on my quads. During my NY marathon at mile 16 I felt a bad pain in my hip that for the last 10 miles all i can do is just walk, a little jog, or stop. When I got back to San Diego, I rested a week or 2 and tried to run again. I could't last more then a half a mile before my leg gave out from underneath me. After going to the Dr. I had Labral Tears of the hip and a few other issues n the hip that 2 Dr's told me I need hip surgery. That's out of the question for me. My girlfriend (bless her heart) researched for other possibilities. After seeing the new Dr. he gave my options, which one of them was no impact of running for a few months while I was doing my treatment. I explain to him about the Brunner, he did some research of his own. He highly recommended for my training, I do an avg. of 30-40 miles a week and building my strength back in my hips. I'm still able to run with my team and get a great workout. My one teammates ask us to use it once in awhile for there training. I call the BR my best friend. It has help me continue to do what I love, to run. Right now all my training is being done on the BRunner till i get the Ok to run again. But I will definitely be combining regular runs and BR runs. My next marathon is St.George in Utah Oct 8th. Ill keep you posted in how it goes. Again thank you BR team for coming out with an excellent way to keep runners running and having fun. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1507045689572412/permalink/1834832890127022/
It is the key to injury prevention
I also have a torn labrum since 2012. My hip has been good and injury free because I have reduced impact and strengthened my hips with the Bionic Runner. I have used the Bionic Runner steadily for the last 20'months and it is a key to injury prevention. I do not understand why more runners don't use these great tools. They are a key factor to sustainable running. Best of luck in your recovery!! https://www.facebook.com/groups/1507045689572412/permalink/1834832890127022/
I would add that I have PB'ed every race since I incorporated the BR in my training
I would add that I have PB'ed every race since I incorporated the BR in my training.
Made my strides and landings more efficient.
Made my strides and landings more efficient. Less shock to my knees. Hoping this extends my running career.
The BR gives me legs of steel.
I just came back from a 4 year back injury and ran my first 2 trail races. The BR gives me legs of steel. I've had the BR for just under a year. It's been amazing
..the BR's impact on my dodgy knee has been transforming
Had mine nine months now and the BRs impact on my dodgy knee has been transforming, long runs on feet are now regularly over ten miles twice what I was doing preBR.
It might sound corny, but the BR has changed my life.
Steve Cranitch, have I said thank you yet? THANK YOU for your brilliant Bionic Runner! I love this thing. It might sound corny to say, but the BR has changed my life. I've had some issues that prevented me from running, but along came BR and everything changed. I'm able to get out, run hard, get a great workout, not kill myself, and have fun doing it. A few heads turn as I go by, but I know they're looking at BR and not me! Anyway, I just wanted to say thank you for the Bionic Runner, and for the exceptional customer support that you and Carol provide. I feel very fortunate to have found you guys and the Bionic Runner.
..really helps with running stamina and strength
I'm now incorporating the BR as my cross-training 2 times a week with 3 runs (speed, tempo, long). The quads and glutes workout in addition to cardio really helps with running stamina and strength.
No back issues with the BR
I have a split disc in my lower back that means a traditional bike is problematic for training or long rides. No back issues with the BR because I am head-up and straight back
Absolutely love the BR, thanks for designing such a well built machine!
To start off, I am just an average runner here in Tucson Arizona and have been running for a little over 17 years. I have run everything from the 5k to the 100 miler and really enjoy both road and trail running but have had an Achilles issue all year which has really limited my training. As for the BR, I have been on it now for just 5 days and absolutely love it! I can already tell that over time this machine will improve my running form, allow me to train with my injury while most likely play a big part in making me injury free, and improve my overall fitness making me a far better runner than ever before without it. Absolutely love the BR, thanks for designing such a well built machine!
It improved my cadence from 188 to 193 and made me far stronger in the hips.
It improved my cadence from 188 to 193 and made me far stronger in the hips. Probably because I mainly do 45 minute intense workouts all in 8th gear
Made my strides and landings more efficient.
Made my strides and landings more efficient. Less shock to my knees. Hoping this extends my running career. Love my BR !!
It’s much more intense than cycling.
It’s much more intense than cycling. I found my heart racing relatively quickly and not coming down. There was no real impact to my knees (which is the reason I stopped running altogether many, many years ago).
I'm so thankful to have a low impact cardio option equivalent to running
This Friday marks the one year anniversary of a right hip replacement and I'm so thankful to have a low impact cardio option equivalent to running (although I do miss running the trails you see threading the mountain in background). Thanks to Steve Cranitch , Carol, and BR folks for your shared knowledge and advice!
Exhilarated! Just back from my first test ride! Wow!
Exhilarated! Just back from my first test ride! Wow! Riding a BR is a good combination of motorcycle riding, wind in your face, and good heart pumping effort! I feel as good as when I did a 2-hour work out In karate in my 20s!
I just did my first workout and i liked it very much.
I think, i`m the first bionic runner in Austria. I just did my first workout and i liked it very much. Last week i did a 35.5 km Trail run with 2000 meters Elevation. I think, the bionic runner will help me on the long distances. I have big toe osteoarthritis and I would like to run Marathon and mountain Trail races again
I've had the BR for just under a year. It's been amazing
I just came back from a 4 year back injury and ran my first 2 trail races. The BR gives me legs of steel. I've had the BR for just under a year. It's been amazing
It has let me get back on the road.
I had arthritis in my talus joint, after a 2 story fall and reconstruction. My theory was, since you need a joint for arthritis, then no joint = no arthritis. I am three months after a "subtalar arthrodesis," and arthritis is gone, and the Brunner has let me get back on the road. This crew at Run4 are the most responsive I've had the pleasure of working with. I also admire their transparency by having (and encouraging) open discussion on this page, warts and all.
It sure gets the heart rate up consistently.
First proper ride today and so much better than my test ride where I was wobbly. Felt amazing. I'm a interval runner (Galloway method) and this sure gets the heart rate up consistently which is a big change for me. Stopped by two runners asking where to get one and the entire staff at the bike store (where I went to get inner tunes and look at indoor trainers) were impressed with the build and also took her for a spin. The BR certainly is a conversation starter
It is constantly in my thoughts although I take a day to rest.
My life is also completely changed. BR is constantly in my thoughts although I take a day to rest. I have basically not been able to train anything at all in 16 years. Now I finally have a fun hobby as well. Br is the best thing that happened to me in many years. I am very happy I found Br on internet and grateful to Steve and Carol that they let me buy it.
It has me in better shape
I can appreciate the Bionic Runner. I was never a runner, fell in love with running and then lost it to torn meniscus, but my BR has been fabulous filling that void, taking it a step further, has me in better shape because of recovery and not injuring myself. Just treated my baby to a new set of Schwalbe Marathons and we're happening. All the best to Brunner Brethren out there.
It keeps injury away
BR keeps injury away. As soon as I feel I need a break I'm on my BR. I need to use it more often but I like trail running with my dog.
It's a good workout
I consider myself a runner first and foremost but I do ride a cyclocross bike and an elliptigo so those are my reference points: it's a lot of fun, BR looks super slick. It's a good workout as well.
My average heart rate running is 142, on the BR it is 138
I ran yesterday for almost 13 miles on much of the same course. My average heart rate in my Adidas Bostons was 142. On the BR it averaged 138. Very nice - was able to get a nice cardiovascular experience without tramautizing my legs. I've struggled over the past few weeks, actually since Boston in April, with minor hamstring strains and ankle/arch pain. Neither of these "irritants" surfaced at all. I anticipate the BR being irreplacable when it comes to recovery.
Will sure help me training for my next marathon in Amsterdam!
Thank you Steve Cranitch for this amazing machine. Will sure help me training for my next marathon in Amsterdam! Was 100% worth the wait. Great workout; great running motion; no dead-spots in the paddle cycle
25km by day more / less. Only a word to resume it. THANKS!!!
200km BR riding. 25km by day more / less. Only a word to resume it. THANKS!!! Thanks Steve & co. not for alow me to enjoy this fantastic creation but for a new sport way of live!!
I didn't expect to be tired out so quickly!
I didn't expect to be tired out so quickly! A good problem to have for sure.
It is very well constructed and looks great.
My Bionic Runner arrived yesterday in Adelaide, South Australia. The BR is very well constructed and looks great. Final assembly completed after dark, so waited until this morning for my long awaited ride. This was my first "jog" in many years since rupturing my Achilles' tendon whilst orienteering. Absolutely brilliant - no pain but a thigh burning session that got the heart pumping! Strong coastal winds provided a challenge but what a brilliant work out!
WOW !!!! Henceforth I know what "a good workout" means !! I
WOW !!!! Henceforth I know what "a good workout" means !! I just cycled for one poor km, and my quads and heart are yelling for mercy ! The movement is very smooth, no boring noise, the BR is very stable, responsive, brakes are powerful, and, definetely, the feeling on it is awesome ! Thanks Steve Cranitch and all your team, you designed a superb and very efficient machine ! I think it's gonna improve my running ability by far ! And, I'm already feeling so proud on it ! 😎👍🏻😄 Great investment !