Founded in 1976 by rowing brothers Dick and Pete Dreissigacker, Concept2 is a manufacturer of rowing equipment based in Vermont, USA. It is best known for its air resistance indoor rowing machines (or ergometers), which are considered the standard training machines for competition rowers. Concept2 also manufactures oars for sculling and sweep rowing under the name Dreissigacker.
In 1981, the brothers wanted to make an affordable alternative for the expensive indoor rowing machines on the market. Made mainly from bicycle parts, the Model A had a moving seat and a flywheel which used air for resistance. It was an instant success and has been revised over the years with the Model B (1986), Model C (1993), Model D (2003), Model E (2006) and Dynamic (2010).
An alternative indoor rowing machine is the WaterRower, used by Frank Underwood in the television series ‘House of Cards’. If you care less about maximizing your training and more about aesthetics and a natural rowing experience, the WaterRower is your machine.
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