2000 – today – tomorrow
Biorower has a fine history of making the most realistic rowing machines in the world
“There are few companies I am aware of, that start without investors, without loans, and manage to bring a refined product to a market that has the be created, before it can be served. While other guys at my age (22) were busy partying, I had three, sometimes four jobs to finance our project. My partner invested most of his monthly pension to cover prototype expenses.
We just had a clear idea of what we want – make the real rowing available everybody.
Why did we start? Because I was about 20 years old, my back was injured from lots of linear erg rowing. At an age where I should have been my fittest and strongest, I could barely sit straight. And the old rowers, 70, 80+ years old, they were happily rowing. Why? I did not understand the reason, until we looked at the linear erg pull. It essentially was a deadlift with a bad execution, performed for many hours. The original rowing motion, however, is healthy for the back. Instead of complaining, we started building prototypes to solve our own issue, and slowly, bit by bit, the solution shaped into a project, shaped into the best rowing machine manufacturer in the world. What a journey!”
Biorower Co-Founder and CEO
2014 / 2015
Over the winter 2014 / 2015 the main cover and major elements of the already massive drivetrain were optimized to withstand even higher loads over long time periods. It was the last official model of the handmade S1pro series before the development of the S1club.
*The image shows Biorower Co-Founder Aram Lemmerer with World Champion and Olympic Medallist Ondrej Synek during a test session at the international Regatta in Racice (CZE). Synek skipped most of his race warm up to spend more than 30 minutes on the S1pro, later saying that “it is very realistic compared to the boat”.
2012 / 2013
2012 brought more refinement to the body design and the mechanics. The Biorower S1 had already reached a level of preciseness which was unmatched by anything else that was available for money or good words.
The Biorower was undoubtedly the best rowing machine in the world. According to our customers, worth every cent.
The R2pair saw another massive improvement the same year, establishing improved full oar solutions, the new cover, which was later released on the S1pro handmade series, and the swing frame: an adjustable tilt mechanism to simulate the typical instability of racing boats.
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The year of 2011 brought major changes in the sweep rowing development. Together with our new design we had mastered the technical challenges of coping with up to 1.500 NM during the drive phase. (the combined torque of 3 (three!) six cylinder diesel engines running on full throttle)
In 2010 we finally introduced what would later become “the Biorower design”.
The characteristic shape of the main body, which reminds a lot of our customers of formula one cars or a contra base, has ever since shaped the visual dynamics of “best rowing machines in the world”.
2007 / 2008
In 2007 we started the development for the biggest project we had ever back then – the construction of the first Biorower R4sweep four. Countless trips to our customer, the Radley College in England, were the result. We succeeded.
2006 / 2007
What a success! In 2006 we met one of the worlds best rowers, Marcel Hacker, and gave him the opportunity to try a Biorower. He loved it, and so we build a very special S1 for him. The Marcel Hacker Biorower precisely matched his Empacher K12 demensions – he could even use his original footstretchers of his boat, along with his seat, to train on the Biorower.
2004 / 2005
Already then, we started on developing first ideas of a single frame system for the Biorower. The final design was published in 2007 as an alternative to the cage frame system we had been using ever since our early beginnings.
2002 / 2003
This is one of the rare pictures of a second series prototype S1. Back than, we did not even hav a name for “the machine”, but the very same vision that we have today – love for true rowing, on land and on water.
In a small, private workshop, first drawings are being made… by hand. Ideas start to turn into experiments. How does a rower move in the boat? What is the real motion? What would a device have to look like, that would allow the closest sensation to actually being in the boat?
There are no pictures of this early stage. What a pity.
The results of these early ideas, however, have evolved into what Biorower is today: Maker of the worlds best rowing devices.