The Spin Cycle is an obstacle, firstly introduced as the fourth obstacle on American Ninja Warrior 7 in Venice Beach, and then returned on American Ninja Warrior 8 in Atlanta, once again as the fourth obstacle.
It consisted of three spinning metal hoops, in which competitors must use their upper-body and momentum to traverse from one hoop to the other. Since the hoops were tilted, the competitors' body weight caused each hoop to rotate.
Some competitors who didn't make a transition from one hoop to the other on their first opportunity, later lost their momentum and ended up stuck at the lowest point of the cycle, which put them out of reach of the next hoop or landing platform.
A variation of the Spin Cycle (called as the Roulette Row) appeared as the fifth obstacle in Stage Two on American Ninja Warrior 7, replacing the Metal Spin from the past three American Ninja Warrior seasons. It was replaced by the Double Wedge in the next season.
The obstacle was very similar to the original Spin Cycle, but with a few key differences. Instead of three small hoops, there were only two extended hoops, both were much larger than the original ones. Competitors had to jump from a trampoline, grab the first hoop, transition to the second, and ride the hoop to the platform, using mostly their momentum. Much like the original, the hoops rotated through the force of the competitors' bodies.
The obstacle proved to very tricky, as many competitors either struggled to make the much larger transition between hoops, didn't commit to a release, and ended up stuck at the lowest point of the cycle or had trouble stopping their bodies from naturally twisting on the hoop. It took out top competitors like Daniel Gil, Jamie Rahn, Brian Arnold, Flip Rodriguez, Lance Pekus, and JJ Woods. It also took out two competitors during USA vs. The World 2: Stefano Ghisolfi from Team Europe and Kawaguchi Tomohiro from Team Japan (both of whom failed to hang on to the second hoop after transitioning).
Competitors' Success Rate
- All results based on the NBC broadcast and external information found
|USA vs. The World 2||3||5||60%|
Spin Your Wheels
After a three-season hiatus, a variation of the Roulette Row (called as Spin Your Wheels) appeared as the second obstacle in Stage One on American Ninja Warrior 11, replacing the Propeller Bar from the past four American Ninja Warrior seasons.
The obstacle featured two hoops that were angled steeper (20 degrees on the first hoop and 45 degrees on the second hoop) and slightly larger in size, making it similar to the Giant Cycle. The landing platform was made much smaller and steeper than the one used for the Propeller Bar.
During its first appearance on American Ninja Warrior 11, a total of 11 competitors failed this obstacle, including Brett Sims, Brian Kretsch, and Michelle Warnky. Some competitors failed while making the transition for one hoop to another, while others failed to stick the dismount to the landing platform.
Ninja Warrior UK
The Spin Cycle appeared as the fifth obstacle in Heat 1 on Ninja Warrior UK 2 (called as the Spinning Hoops), and as the second obstacle during the finals' Stage 2 on Ninja Warrior UK 3 and Ninja Warrior UK 4.
Australian Ninja Warrior
The Spin Cycle (called as the Basket Toss) appeared as the second obstacle in Stage Two on Australian Ninja Warrior, with the number of hoops was reduced from 3 to 2.
Then, the Basket Toss appeared as the fourth obstacle in Heat 2, Heat 4, and Heat 5 on Australian Ninja Warrior 2. This time, the obstacle was made the same as the one used on American Ninja Warrior.
On Australian Ninja Warrior 3, the Basket Toss appeared as the fifth obstacle in Semifinal 1. This time, the obstacle was made similar to the one used in Stage Two on Australian Ninja Warrior (with 2 hoops instead of 3).
On SASUKE Vietnam 4, the Roulette Row (called locally as Chiếc Nón Diệu Kỳ) appeared as the third obstacle in Stage 2, replacing Half Pipe Attack from past three SASUKE Vietnam seasons. However, there was a rope between the hoops, meaning after the competitors grabbed the first hoop, they could reach the rope and swing it to the second hoop.
Despite the obstacle seemingly easier than the one used on American Ninja Warrior 7, there were several competitors who failed on it while jumping from the springboard to grab the first hoop (including Nguyễn Phước Huynh, who was one of the three competitors who achieved kanzenseiha on SASUKE Vietnam 2).
On SASUKE Vietnam 5, the Roulette Row was moved to the second obstacle in Stage 1 (1A and 1B). This time, to make the obstacle slightly easier than the one used on the previous season, there were two ropes placed in the middle of the hoops. Despite that change, the obstacle still caused havoc, as many competitors either failed while jumping from the springboard to reach the first hoop or got hung up on the ropes, eventually lost their grip and fell.