Fly­wheel will stop offer­ing vir­tu­al class­es in late March after the exer­cise com­pa­ny set­tled with com­peti­tor Pelo­ton over patent infringe­ment ear­li­er this month. Live class­es will end on March 1st, but on-demand class­es will con­tin­ue to be offered through March 27th.

Pelo­ton is also now giv­ing cur­rent Fly­wheel cus­tomers the option to trade in their At Home Fly­wheel bikes for a refur­bished Pelo­ton-brand­ed one. Fly­wheel says it’ll stay in the in-stu­dio vir­tu­al class busi­ness, and sub­scrip­tions for the at-home class­es that renew on their own will be ter­mi­nat­ed auto­mat­i­cal­ly.

Well, this is sad news for us At Home rid­ers… @Flywheel. @onepeloton hope you do us jus­tice.

— Sarah (@yappiethoughts) Feb­ru­ary 19, 2020

Pelo­ton sued Fly­wheel in Sep­tem­ber 2018 over claims that Fly­wheel copied its tech-infused exer­cise bike and the con­cept of at-home streamed class­es. Pelo­ton specif­i­cal­ly took issue with the way work­out met­rics were dis­played on Fly­wheel bikes and the fact that live rid­ers could com­pete against one anoth­er, like on Peloton’s plat­form.

Pelo­ton also claimed a Fly­wheel investor mis­rep­re­sent­ed him­self to Pelo­ton CEO John Foley at a pri­vate con­fer­ence by pos­ing as a poten­tial investor who was curi­ous about the company’s busi­ness plans. Three months after that meet­ing, Fly­wheel launched its Fly Any­where bike. At the time, Fly­wheel denied the accu­sa­tion, claim­ing it had been work­ing on a leader­board-style com­pet­i­tive class struc­ture years before Peloton’s sig­na­ture exer­cise bike launched. How­ev­er, Fly­wheel lat­er admit­ted to infring­ing on Peloton’s patents. We don’t know the details of the set­tle­ment.

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