Peloton officially launches its Lanebreak video game

The already great training experience just got better, especially for those who like video games...

Peloton Lanebreak

After not-that-great news from Peloton, we have something nice to share. The earlier leaked Lanebreak game is now officially launched for Peloton Bike and Bike Plus owners.

Available in the “More Rides” menu at the bottom right of a Peloton bike’s tablet, the game resembles riding a light cycle in Tron – but it takes elements from rhythm games. You can switch between six virtual “lanes” by turning the bike’s resistance knob and the farther right you go – the higher the resistance.

How does it work?

There are also game mechanics — which Peloton calls “Moments” — that relate to your resistance and how fast you’re pedaling. For instance, “Beats” are blue bars that give you points for being in a certain lane, “Breakers” are orange sections where you’re supposed to pedal faster, while “Streams” are green sections where you stay within a specific cadence range.

Lanebreak is available at beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels – and you can pedal along to various music genres, collections of David Bowie remixes and David Guetta included. Peloton also says it’ll launch with 20 levels and will be adding new levels regularly. A leaderboard is available, as well.

Peloton Lanebreak - breakers

The context

Connected fitness gaming is a rising trend, and metric gamification is commonly used in fitness apps. Lanebreak, however, stands out as it’s the first in-app video game for what’s essentially a fitness streaming service.

The words from new Peloton CEO Barry McCarthy are related to that as he called Peloton a “connected fitness company, not a bike company.”

In the other Peloton news, the rumor is that the company is also working on a connected rower, a strength training system similar to the one Tonal offers. We’ll have to wait and see where the Peloton saga goes from here. Stay tuned…