In 2005, our co-founders started working on a way to let people experience the benefits of running outdoors without the impact. Five years later we launched the world’s first elliptical bike – a new category of cycling and fitness. Since then, our small and dedicated team has delivered more than 35,000 ElliptiGOs to customers around the world. We are proud of what we have achieved, and will continue to innovate and positively impact our customers lives.
2005 Former Marine and Ironman triathlete Bryan Pate loses the ability to run for exercise. Dissatisfied with cycling and the elliptical trainer, he wants something that doesn’t exist: a low-impact outdoor running device. He partners with ultramarathoner, Ironman triathlete and mechanical engineer Brent Teal to start working on the idea.
2006 Brent finishes building the first prototype, codenamed “Alfa.” On its maiden voyage, Bryan rides it for 20 miles and hits 20 mph. Both are convinced that they are onto something.
2008 Brent completes construction of the second prototype, codenamed “Charlie.” Bryan attempts the 50-mile Rosarito to Ensenada bike ride on Charlie. He finishes the ride in 3 hours and 16 minutes of ride time, averaging more than 15 miles per hour and proving the viability of the elliptical bicycle.
2008 Bryan and Brent quit their jobs to focus on developing elliptical bicycles full-time. Brent designs and builds the first elliptical bike with an aluminum frame and internal guide tracks, codenamed “Delta.”
2009 Improving on Delta, Brent designs a fourth-generation elliptical bike, codenamed “Echo” and has 5 prototypes manufactured. To end any debate about the capabilities of elliptical bikes, Brent and Bryan complete The Death Ride, one of the toughest cycling events in the country.
2009 ElliptiGO secures its first office space and hires its first employees. The office is too small for everyone to work there at the same time, so Erin worked from home, Bryce worked from the Solana Beach Library and Bryan and Anamaria worked from the Northern California “Shedquarters.”
2010 ElliptiGO introduces the “8S”, the world’s first commercially available elliptical bike, making its first sale on February 24th, 2010.
2010 A few weeks later, running legend Dean Karnazes rides his model 8S 488 miles from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 5 days and then runs the LA Marathon the following morning.
2010 Customer Doug Leland completes the first trans-America trip on an ElliptiGO, riding more than 1,700 miles from the Canada border to the Mexico border.
2010 In November, Australian Damian Barlow and American Angela Shartel win the first annual World Championships of Elliptical Cycling. Held each year at Palomar Mountain, this grueling course climbs 4,209 feet over 11.7 miles at an average grade of almost 7% and draws the top ElliptiGO riders from around the world.
2010 The first ElliptiGO Rally Weekend is held in conjunction with the World Championships of Elliptical Cycling, marking the largest gathering of elliptical bike riders ever.
2011 The company introduces the 3C, 8C and 11R models and retires the 8S. Mega star Usher is the first person to purchase an 11R model.
2011 Customer Patti Klein creates the ElliptiGO Facebook Group so ElliptiGO riders can discuss all things ElliptiGO. The group becomes the hub of the ElliptiGO community and grows to more than 5,000 members.
2012 ElliptiGO bikes are featured on Good Morning America, the New York Times, Runner’s World and the Wall Street Journal.
2012 Rick Hermelin, a 71 year old former Marine, becomes the first person to ride an ElliptiGO across the United States from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean, raising more than $10,000 for the families of wounded Marines.
2012 Nine athletes who trained on ElliptiGOs participate in the USATF Olympic Trials. All of our athletes make it to the finals of their respective events and three make the US Olympic Team, including Julie Culley (pictured here) the 2012 US National Champion for 5,000 meters.
2013 The first ElliptiGO tattoo is inked onto a customer.
2013 Ireland’s Mark McCabe and Britain’s Squash Falconer win the inaugural European ElliptiGO Championships at Mt. Revard in France, a spectacular 13.3 mile climb gaining 4,190 feet of elevation.
2013 The ElliptiGO Century Club - recognizing the first 100 riders to complete a century ride - admits its final member.
2013 Fast Company Magazine names ElliptiGO the 6th most innovative company in fitness, behind Nike and Zumba and ahead of CrossFit and Strava.
2013 Bill Pinnell is awarded the first ever “ElliptiGO Authentic and Inspiring Award,” recognizing a member of the ElliptiGO community who inspires fellow ElliptiGO riders through their example.
2013 Google cofounder Sergei Brin rides his ElliptiGO in the movie “The Internship”
2014 Customer Jane LeGore hosts the first annual “ElliptiGO Winter Classic” in Phoenix, Arizona - establishing the format for “ElliptiGO Classic” events around the country to follow.
2014 Meb Keflezighi credits the ElliptiGO elliptical bike with helping him win the Boston Marathon by running his fastest marathon ever at the age of 38.
2014 To honor Meb’s historic win at Boston, ElliptiGO revived the 8S model and sold 100 patriotic-themed “Meb 8S” elliptical bikes.
2015 Six ElliptiGO riders complete the 2015 Paris-Brest-Paris race, a 1235-km non-stop race from Paris to Brest and back that must be completed in less than 90 hours, making it one of the toughest cycling events on the planet.
2015 ElliptiGO customers establish the Global ElliptiGO Riders Club to host in person and virtual ElliptiGO events and challenges around the world.
2015 Marathon legend Meb Keflezighi includes a highlight of the ElliptiGO and his usage of it in his book “Meb for Mortals
2016 Lyn Huston starts her “GO Streak” of riding her ElliptiGO every day. She would end up riding 502 days in a row a total of 8,693 miles, losing 90 pounds in the process.
2017 British ultramarathoner Tim Woodier becomes the first person to “Everest” on an ElliptiGO - climbing more than 30,000 feet in less than 17.5 hours.
2017 Brian Reynolds sets an official double below-the-knee amputee world record in the marathon by running a 3:06:31 after incorporating ElliptiGO-training into his regimen.
2017 British Adventurer Emma Timmis sets a Guinness World Record by riding 7,951km across Australia in 74 days on her ElliptiGO.
2018 ElliptiGO introduces the SUB (Stand Up Bike). The lightest and most portable model, the SUB is like a BMX bike for adults - delivering a killer full-body workout in a fun and nimble package.
2018 Idai Makaya inspires hundreds of ElliptiGO riders through his Longest Ride Challenge, capped off by a 1730-mile record-setting ride across the length of Britain and back.
2019 ElliptiGO launches the MSUB and RSUB models, providing new options for all-terrain and road riding.
2019 Tera Moody breaks her own 24-hour world record by riding her ElliptiGO 269.74 miles in one day.
2019 The 300th competitive team at the collegiate or high school level integrates ElliptiGO bikes into their athlete training regimen
2020 ElliptiGO launches the Fluid 365 Stationary Trainer, enabling all customers to enjoy their ElliptiGO bikes indoors or outdoors.
2020 Belgian Gert de Mulder sets a new 24-hour distance record for men by riding 348.15 miles in one day.
2020 Jennifer Lopez is photographed riding her 11R in Miami
2020 Nearly 100 athletes competing at the US Olympic Marathon trials incorporate ElliptiGO into their training, including Molly Seidel a US Olympic Marathon Team Member and the winner of the 2020 World Championships of Elliptical Cycling
2020 Jimmy Fallon announces the launch of his book while riding his 11R in the Hamptons
2020 On February 24th, 2020, ElliptiGO celebrated the 10th Anniversary of delivering an ElliptiGO 8S to our very first customer. That event was the culmination of five years of hard work by a small group of people and a handful of investors, who took the ElliptiGO from a crazy idea to a deliverable product.
2020 ElliptiGO partners with The Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF)</a> to support athletes with physical disabilities. As part of this partnership, we donated 20% of ElliptiGO Bike sales for the month of November achieving our goal of $70,000 in the form of bikes and Fluid 365 Stationary Trainers.
2021 In March of 2021, we launched Electric Bike Conversion Kits giving customers the flexibility to electrify their ElliptiGO bike! With 5 levels of pedal assist and a throttle providing power up to 20 mph, customers can customize every workout experience to fit their individual desires regardless of the terrain.
2021 In July of 2021, ElliptiGO Athlete Molly Seidel became the third American woman in history to earn an Olympic medal in the marathon by taking bronze at the Tokyo Olympics. Molly, reigning 2020 ElliptiGO World Champion, finished just 26 seconds behind the gold medalist in a time of 2:27:46.. A total of 24 ElliptiGO Athletes competed in Tokyo.
2022 In August of 2022 at the Track and Field World Championships, NY Times best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell was interviewed about his running career. An ElliptiGO 11R owner, Malcolm spent several minutes talking about the benefits of ElliptiGO, stating “ElliptiGO solves all the biking problems. It doesn’t replace running but it supplements in a beautiful way.”
2022 In July 2022, ElliptiGO partners with Stand Up To Cancer® (SU2C) and launched SU2C-branded, limited-edition 11R and RSUB models.From August 1, 2022 through August 1, 2024, ElliptiGO will donate 20% of the purchase price of each SU2C-branded bike sold on elliptigo.com to SU2C with a minimum guaranteed donation of $25,000 to help find a cure for cancer.
2022 October 2022, two incredible women made history, ElliptiGO Athletes Emily Sisson and Chelsea Sodaro. Emily Sisson set a new Women’s American Record in the marathon, running 2:18:29 at the Chicago Marathon. Chelsea Sodaro became the first female American to win the Hawaii Ironman World Championship in over 25 years.
Beth Visscher Vice President of Operations
Brent Teal Chief Engineer / Co-Founder
Bryan Pate CEO / Co-Founder
Bryce Whiting Chief Enthusiast Officer
David Bruno Customer Service & Inside Sales
Erin Whiting Lead Enthusiast / Customer Service
Jeff Caron Sports Performance Sales Manager
Keri Cleeremans Service Manager
Nick Wadnal Warehouse and Inventory Coordinator
Sarah Enjem Sales Operations Manager
Scott Doucet Service Technician
Tennille Hopper Creative Director
Runner's High Without the Pounding
As a distance runner with recurring knee problems, I have been frustrated that I can't replicate the "runner's high" except by running. The ElliptiGO has become my solution. I had tried everything (biking, indoor elliptical, treadmills etc) and nothing came close. With the ElliptiGO, I now experience the runner's high AND avoid the pounding on my knees. The ElliptiGO delivers on the promise of "running without impact". I am committed!
15 months on the 11r
I actually was a bit unsure of the need for the 11r (the extra gears), given the fact that there is a point of diminishing return because of the wind resistance created by the upright riding position. Whether you are a World Climbing Championship competitor, or someone who wants to compete with the road cyclists, or simply want to take advantage of an amazing ride that will improve your fitness, the 11r is the GO you need. ElliptiGO got it right with the 11r.
A great ride.
Riding my ElliptiGO is great. It is easy on the body with no discomforts like a upright bike. No sore butt, neck or back. You are up higher so you have a great view and you don't have to strain your neck to look around. There is no impact so you knees don't take a beating.Try it and you won't want to go back to running or regular bikes. I can climb any hill. I ride slower on the ElliptiGO than an upright bike but am getting more exercise while doing it.
ElliptiGO: 5 Stars aren't enough!
I got an 11R. I love it – exercise that doesn't feel like exercise but is the toughest exercise I've ever done AND outside! Another important aspect for me is dealing with arthritis in both knees. If I'm having pain, I take a ride and by the end I'm either pain free or very close to it. Truthfully I was ready to schedule a knee replacement over a year ago. Instead, at my annual checkup, the doc says "Call me when you're ready." No better medicine than exercise, outside and on my ElliptiGO!
You won't regret the 11R
A little more expensive than the other ElliptiGOs but worth the money for someone that is using it often. It is a much better ride and the difference in price between the 8C and the 11R will soon be realized. You'll have the bike for a long time, so if you're on the fence go for the 11R.
Excellent for biking, fitness and fun
The ElliptiGO is a kind of perfect combination of bicycle and elliptical workout machine. You can cruise along at moderate speeds relatively easily, but shift gears down to climb hills or up to speed up.
The ElliptiGO is a bit more of a workout than a bicycle. You won't notice it though, because the ride is so much fun. You'll have to get used to the swishing noise of the drive arms sliding back and forth in their tracks, but once you do, the ride is pure pleasure.
In addition to a great elliptical bike or stand up bike, ElliptiGO users get access to a community of thousands of other riders who are eager to help each other get as much as possible from their ElliptiGO experience. From events and races, to tips and training suggestions, the ElliptiGO community really sets ElliptiGO apart.