FulGaz is an indoor cycling app with a rich collection of high-quality footage from all over the world. The question is, is it worth it?
In this FulGaz review, you learn what its pros & cons are, how it stands out compared to its alternatives, and more.
Let’s dive in.
- Comprehensive library of high-quality real-world routes
- Nice, crisp, and undisturbed riding experience
- Includes structured workouts and training plans
- Allows hosting group rides & races
- Suitable for riders who want to tweak settings like drag coefficient, rolling resistance, etc.
- Not very sophisticated motivational system
- No avatars (can be an advantage for some people)
- No drafting, power ups, etc.
- Workouts and training plans library is narrow
- Possible compatibility issues with ‘older’ operating systems
- Laggy user interface
What is FulGaz?
FulGaz is an Australian indoor cycling app with a rich library of pre-recorded high-quality footage from all parts of the world. You can create (or join) group rides, races, ride solo, or follow structured workouts.
Who is it for?
FulGaz is perfect for people who want to visit beautiful places from the comfort of their homes. Thanks to the high-quality video, you will almost feel like you were riding outside.
Who is it not for?
FulGaz is not for performance-oriented riders because it is not focused mainly on improving your performance. Additionally, you need to be motivated because FulGaz doesn’t leverage many motivation mechanisms.
My Experience with FulGaz
Here is my experience with the initial setup, routes, user experience, and more you can find in FulGaz.
However, for some reason, the app duplicated my devices in the menu. Check out the following picture.
If you don’t have a smart trainer, don’t worry. You don’t need it for using FulGaz. But you need a speed sensor so that FulGaz can calculate your power. A cadence sensor is optional and cannot be used on its own.
FulGaz is known for its rich library of routes from all parts of the world. Anybody can become a contributor and start uploading their routes.
Not every route is approved, though, because the FulGaz team has pretty high-quality standards, so users get the best routes possible.
After launching the app, you will see this easy-to-navigate dashboard.
You can sort routes by A-Z, date, distance, elevation, and toughness. Unfortunately, the app doesn’t have any filter to make browsing and choosing the desired route easier.
Before you start riding, I recommend checking out the settings. This is where FulGaz has an advantage compared to other indoor apps.
It allows you to set standard features like video quality as well as aerodynamic drag, rolling resistance, or wind speed.
I also prefer the ‘HUD display’ settings. The ‘bike computer’ is pretty small, so the ride data are hard to ready, and when you set it to a large size, it takes up too much screen.
You can also choose between three modes in settings. Unfortunately, they are not explained in the app, so here is their brief description:
- Steady Mode – locks the ride at the same speed it was filmed. This is the best mode if you choose a route based on its duration. All workouts are locked into this mode.
- Reactive Mode – reacts on your power. So, if you slow down, the video will slow down. All group rides are ‘locked’ into this mode.
- Challenge Mode – is the same as reactive, but you can choose a result of a previous rider to race against.
The steady mode is ideal if you know what time for the training you have. You can choose a route based on its duration, and don’t worry about a slower tempo.
However, use the reactive mode instead if you want to leverage your smart bike trainer features (like the resistance adjustments).
Speaking of resistance adjustments, they felt pretty sudden. For example, Zwift felt much smoother.
So, be prepared to do the hard work. As in other apps, FUlGaz also allows you to change the trainer difficulty to make steep climbs feel easier.
FulGaz doesn’t include a very sophisticated motivation system, but you can join challenges against others. You simply choose a route, turn on the Challenge Mode, and start riding. Your goal is to beat the best time.
Better engagement is an area where FulGaz can improve. Except for the beautiful routes, there are not many things that would keep me engaged.
For example, apps like TrainerRoad or SYSTM don’t leverage as many gamification elements as Zwift. These apps are designed to improve your performance. People use them because they want to get better.
Additionally, they include at least achievements or other rewards. You won’t find these things in FulGaz.
Zwift is a pioneer in indoor cycling apps gamification. It has the most sophisticated gamification of all apps.
One of the things I like the most about FulGaz is its online route library. You can easily browse hundreds of routes and choose the one you want.
If you don’t pick any route, you can become a FulGaz contributor. Although FulGaz won’t accept every footage due to their high standards, you can try to apply.
I think it is great that they don’t accept every route because there is much work behind the scenes. Additionally, they can keep the riding experience high.
Did you know that FulGaz engineers have to spend 8-10 hours on every hour of footage?
The only thing I miss in the routes library is a filter. Simple sorting doesn’t help me find the best route for a given situation.
FulGaz has a workout library. It includes dozens of workouts and a few structured plans. However, this is an area where FulGaz can improve because the offer is pretty narrow compared to FulGaz’s closest alternative – ROUVY.
ROUVY is the most similar app to FulGaz because it also uses real-world footage, but unlike FulGaz, it augments it with virtual objects.
I tried a few FulGaz workouts, and I like how clean the interface looks. It includes only the info you need for your training, and the rest of the screen is used for the footage.
FulGaz is perfect for advanced users because it allows them to adjust multiple settings, including aerodynamic drag, rolling resistance, ERG mode reaction time, and many more.
I also like the cleanliness and minimalistic interface that don’t disturb the riding experience.
Unlike ROUVY, the routes were working and were stable without the need to download them in advance.
Unfortunately, that’s where the positives end and the negatives start. I encountered multiple issues.
NOTE: It is possible that the following issues were caused by my operating system. Although I believe the app should work on ‘older’ OS, I plan to give FulGaz a second chance once I upgrade to the newest macOS and update this review. Other indoor cycling apps I tested didn’t require the latest OS.
1. After setting the units to ‘Metric,’ the app menu showed my weight and other details in ‘Imperial’ units.
2. FulGaz interface didn’t feel responsive, especially when clicking the return arrow in the menu.
3. When I wanted to browse the routes library, the app showed a few route names and then froze (see the picture below). I had to restart the app and wait for the routes to load (I am using a 25 Mbit/s connection). This error is probably caused by a large number of available routes. The grid is also very dense, making the routes’ details hard to read.
4. When I tried to download routes, the download didn’t start. I found out that this issue was caused by the connected trainer. Once I disconnected it from a power source, the download started again.
5. The app crashed multiple times during my testing, so I contacted the FulGaz team for assistance. After a few emails, they asked me to upgrade to the newest macOS Monterey (I tested FulGaz on macOS Big Sur). According to them, an upgrade should solve these issues.
However, I didn’t plan to upgrade my OS when writing this review. I tested all other indoor cycling apps with this version of macOS, and I didn’t encounter these issues.
FulGaz is available on all major platforms, including iOS, Android, macOS, Windows, and Apple TV.
As mentioned in summary, you may encounter issues if you don’t run the latest operating system.
Although it is not guaranteed that my operating system caused the issues I encountered, so far, it seems like the most likely cause (read the more in-depth explanation here).
There are plenty of indoor cycling apps out there, but only a few of them are worth it. The following ones are my favorite.
- TrainerRoad – is a fully performance-oriented cycling app with comprehensive workouts library. It only shows you your ride data, no virtual world or video footage.
- Zwift – utilizes virtual world built from scratch. It doesn’t have as wide route library as ROUVY. It is much closer to beiing a game.
- ROUVY – is the closest alternative to FulGaz. It also uses real-world footage, but ROUVY augments it with avatars and other objects. It has a huge route library and allows you to explore beautiful places from the comfort of your home.
- Wahoo SYSTM – includes traditional cycling training, yoga for cyclists, strength and mental training to make you a better, faster, and more resilient cyclist.
- RGT Cycling – features a virtual world inspired by real-world roads. Its graphics is more realistic than Zwift, but it doesn’t offer as sophisticated motivation mechanisms.
|App||Price||Free Trial||World||Multiplayer||Connectivity||Platform Availability|
|Zwift||14.99 USD / month||7 days||Virtual||Yes||ANT+ FE-C, Bluetooth, BLE FTMS||Android, iOS, Windows, macOS, Apple TV|
|ROUVY||12 USD / month|
144 USD / year
|14 days||Real||Yes||ANT+ FE-C, Bluetooth||Android, iOS, Windows, macOS, Apple TV|
|TrainerRoad||19.95 USD / month|
189 USD / year
|7 days||n/a||No||ANT+ FE-C, Bluetooth, BLE FTMS||Android, iOS, Windows, macOS|
|Wahoo SYSTM (formerly The Sufferfest)||14.99 USD / month|
129 USD / year
|14 days||Real||No||ANT+ FE-C, BLE FTMS||Android, iOS, Windows, macOS|
|RGT Cycling||Free or|
9.99 USD / month
|14 days||Virtual||Yes||ANT+ FE-C, BLE FTMS||Android, iOS (remote)
Windows, macOS, Apple TV (screen)
|FulGaz||12.99 USD / month|
108.99 USD / year
|14 days||Real||Yes||ANT+ FE-C, BLE FTMS||Android, iOS, Windows, macOS, Apple TV|
I created a rating system for evaluating the following features. It helps to keep the comparison between training apps consistent.
- Price – how expensive is the app relative to other indoor cycling apps?
- Ease of setup – is the app easy to set up with a smart trainer? Can it be used without it?
- Engagement – does the app keep you engaged and motivated?
- Routes – does the app offer a wide route library?
- Training – does the app include prebuilt workout plans? Do they help you get faster?
- User-friendliness and intuitiveness (UX) – is the app easy to navigate, easy to use, clear, and intuitive?
- Platform availability – is the app available for multiple platforms like iOS, Android, Windows, macOS, AppleTV, etc.?
The following table shows my ratings of specific areas on a scale of 1–5 (5 is the best).
|App||Price||Ease of Setup||Engage-|
*TrainerRoad is different from other apps and doesn't offer any routes.
Disclaimer: When testing FulGaz, I experienced issues that are not common among most users. I plan to return to this app once I upgrade my operating system and update this review.
Do I recommend FulGaz? Yes. If you want to “visit” new places from the comfort of your home and enjoy high-quality footage, FulGaz is perfect for you. I can guarantee you that you won’t be able to try all routes because their library is enormous.
Do I recommend it to everybody? No. FulGaz is not for people who lack motivation because it doesn’t include any motivation system like Zwift. It is also not suitable for performance-oriented riders because its pre-build workouts are not the best quality and apps like TrainerRoad or SYSTM are on another level.