EDDY CURRENT RESISTANCE



An eddy current is an electric current in a conducting material that results from induction by a moving or varying magnetic field. On M Series equipment this is generated by two opposing magnets passing over the flywheel. The flywheel (a conductor) passes through the magnetic field generated by the two powerful magnets. By varying how much of the flywheel comes into contact with the magnetic field you can increase or decrease the amount of resistance for the rider. As no parts in the resistance system ever touch there is no wear on the system.
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When the flywheel is turned in proximity of the magnetic field the eddy current is created. The flywheel acts like a conductor with closed circuits. The energy generated by turning the flywheel has nowhere to go, so as it resists it becomes more difficult for the rider to pedal. If the flywheel is in less contact with the magnetic field itís easier to ride. The more of the flywheel that comes in contact with the magnetic field (the higher the energy that is being generated with each turn) the more difficult it becomes to ride.

Fig. 1. At full resistance the flywheel is in most contact with the magnetic field. When you reduce the amount of contact to the field (move the magnets away) the resistance then decreases.