Last week, Bob Treemore reported that Peloton’s backend systems had four brand new class types appear in the system, although they are marked as inactive. The class type list is what controls the filter for classes on the Peloton app and devices. For example, some class types are “Power Zone”, “Climb”, and “Intervals” on the Bike, or “Endurance” and “Speed” on the Tread.
The four new class types that appeared last week are:
- Distance Cycling
- Guided Cycling
- Distance Running
- Guided Running
The appearance of these could mean nothing (and that it was data that will never be used), or it could be evidence of some new modes coming to Peloton soon. Peloton’s CFO Jill Woodworth mentioned last week how Peloton has hundreds of features on the roadmap, so this could be the start of some newly planned feature.
Assuming these new class types aren’t just testing data – what could they mean?
On the Bike & Tread indoor, you have the ability to select “Just Ride” or “Just Run”, which gives members the ability to workout as long as they want and have all their data & metrics tracked in one workout. To date, members who wish to run outdoors do not have any sort of ability like this. Peloton has added some Outdoor Audio workouts, but if you are running for a longer distance, you have to start and stop multiple workouts. And as of yet, there is no Outdoor Ride mode.
Knowing all this, these new classes could be the foundation that allow an outdoor riding mode for riders who also ride a bike that goes somewhere, and outdoor runners looking to do longer workouts. “Distance Cycling” and “Distance Running” sound like they would be perfect names for such a functionality. It isn’t as clear what the Guided Cycling & Guided Running might be in this context – let us know in the comments what your thoughts are.
Alternatively, this could have nothing to do with outdoors, and instead, Peloton might be planning to rebrand “Just Ride” and “Just Run” and split it into multiple categories. The “Just Ride” and “Just Run” we are used to today could become “Distance Cycling” and “Distance Running”. Again, it isn’t clear what the Guided versions would be, but we might find out soon enough.
Shortly after Bob reported the class types had been added, they were renamed in the system with some fake names. This could be to prevent more people from finding them, or just be a coincidence in timing. The new (temporary?) names in the system are:
- Brass 1 Cycling
- Brass 2 Cycling
- Brass 1 Running
- Brass 2 Running
What do you think these new class types would be if they end up getting turned on?