I know there’s a lot of advice and reccomendations on here regarding Smart trainers, but it seems to be scattered amongst various conversations on different threads, so i thought i’d create a topic in itself not only for ease of future searches, but i also have a question for now!
A mate is asking about a smart turbo. He and his family are chipping in for one for his brother’s 40th. He’s into his indoor cycling, but isn’t really up on tech etc so can’t really offer an informed opinion. He just sent them the link to the Neo 2T! Course he did, it’s £1200! Wishful thinking maybe!!!
I know the main brands, and looking at their offerings i’m coming up with (excluding top end):
The Tacx Flux - £549 and Flux 2 - £700 look quite decent (for what he would want/need - to put it politely, he’s not a racing snake),
Elite Direto £700
Saris H3 £900
Wahoo Kickr Core £700
The Saris probably knocks itslef out on cost here (unless i’m missing a more budget freindly option).
Any thoughts or experience on the others? Ta.
(also may inform my thinking next winter if i think i can get away with it!! haha)
The flux has been pretty faultless - despite the streams of issues online. Tho most of these seem to be fixable with either a software rollback of some random chap in Europe making a few custom parts.
Wife took the flux when we got a 2nd and I got an S3. Saris is quieter… well it would be if it didnt have this random knocking noise - which I think Ive narrowed down to a pulley in the unit. In response, Saris (or whoever they are called) - have sent me 4 or 5 shipments of parts to try and correct it (arguably its under warranty, tho I dont really want to send it back and be without). It still works fine, power accuracy is highly accurate against my faveros, believe its the choice of trainer for traineroad.
I’d happily buy another of either…
The direto I actually ordered before the Saris - that turned up with 2 fundamental bolts missing from the casing. It was like buckaroo riding that thing. I assume it had been a return - but put me right off!
I think wahoo is arguably a safe bet in that list too!
i went straight in at the deep end and bought wahoo kickr ,100% happy with my purchase all be it more than intended to spend ,so far no issues easy to setup and actually making indoor training bearable almost fun
No idea tbh. I don’t think he’s what most on here would consider a ‘serious cyclist’. He’s done a few 100 mile sportives, but is quite a big lad I’ve just found out - 6ft 5 and 16 stone odd. So it’d need to be stable.
I have a flux 2 and it works great wth everything except Zwift. I use it in different ways. Sometimes just ride at whatever Wattage I want or control it via my Elemnt Bolt either as a downloaded workout, which is how I do hard intervals or in erg mode holding a specific Wattage. It works fine with SUF (formerly Sufferfest). With Zwift simulated climbing is a mixed bag, mostly not enjoyable. The torque on climbs becomes too high so cadence drops right down, resistance drops to let your cadence come back up. Its flipping annoying as I can end up moving between 120W-350W-120W-350W repeat in short cycles with cadence dropping to maybe 40 at 350W. It must be a software issue but neither Zwift or Tacx seem to have any desire to sort it out.
If you don’t want to zwift then it’s great but I wouldn’t recommend it because of that issue.
ETA: There are often smart trainers on Wiggle’s ebay shop to get one cheaper than you otherwise might do.