Today, the whirr of a hard-working turbo trainer, also referred to as a bike trainer, is a common sound in the homes of cyclists across the world. If you’re new to this realm of training, or you want to know more about different types of turbo trainer, our turbo trainers buying guide covers it all.
If you’re jumping into the world of indoor training and need a few incentives to get involved, here are our top six:
Providing you have a road or mountain bike, all you need to start turbo training is one of the many turbo trainers available plus any accessories that’ll make the whole experience more enjoyable.
Other things to consider include:
To get the most out of your turbo training sessions, we’d always recommend getting the best turbo trainer you can afford. The different types of trainer include:
A smart turbo trainer is the most immersive and fun way to experience an indoor ride, seamlessly connecting to online platforms like Zwift and reacting instantly to your virtual world. If your budget won’t stretch to a smart trainer and you’re dipping your toes into the turbo training world then an entry level magnetic turbo trainer or mid-range fluid turbo trainer may be better.
These are some of the best smart turbo options available. Packed with the technology to replicate real world racing and training as faithfully as possible, they are built to handle the power of competitive riders. Their possibilities are limited only by the software which continues to improve by the day.
1] Tacx Neo 2 Interactive Smart Trainer
Probably the best smart turbo on the market, the Tacx Neo 2 simulates road feel in a highly realistic manner, with no loss of power. Just like other Smart trainers, the Neo communicates using ANT+ and Bluetooth Smart, allowing it to be connected quickly and easily with Tacx apps and other training software.
2] Wahoo KICKR Smart Turbo Trainer – UK ONLY
This high-end Wahoo KICKR Smart Turbo Trainer features smooth and controlled resistance, increased durability. The go-to turbo for many professional cyclists, including the entire Team Sky squad, the Wahoo KICKR can handle power output up to 2000W and simulate gradients up to a maximum of 20%.
3] Tacx Vortex Smart Trainer
The Tacx Vortex Smart Trainer incorporates the same precision speed, power, and cadence sensors of some top-end trainers, and offers unrivaled value in a robust, portable, and reliable unit.
Building on the success of the original Directo, this brilliant version offers improved heat management and internal hardware upgrades for a 50% reduction in noise in comparison to its predecessor.
5] Tacx Flux S Direct Drive Smart Trainer
A wallet-friendly version of the top-end Neo, the Flux is stable, quiet, offers a realistic ride feel and is easy to connect to online training software. It doesn’t fold down, so not ideal if floor space is a premium.
6] Kinetic R1 Direct-Drive Trainer T-7000
Giving as real a feel as possible to every indoor ride, the innovative R1 lets your bike move naturally for the ultimate training experience.
Turbo training is for everyone and with quality smart-enabled trainers for less than £300, even you can get involved with the online racing world right now. You’ll need a speed and cadence sensor or a power meter to connect to Zwift if you’re using this type of trainer. Note that the Zwift iOS app only communicates with your iOS device via Bluetooth, not Ant+.
LifeLine TT-02 Fluid Trainer
The robust Lifeline TT-02 is supported by Zwift who have configured its power curve to provide accurate feedback when combined with a speed and cadence sensor and ANT+ stick, giving you an incredible online experience.
Elite Qubo Power Fluid ElastoGel
A great turbo trainer with a large flywheel completely immersed in oil, which enables high-resistance levels to be obtained even at low speed.
Elite Crono Mag Speed Alu Trainer
Perfect for warming up for the race, the Elite Crono Mag Speed offers a superb trainer at a value price.
LifeLine TT-01 Turbo Trainer (Magnetic)
Offering you a smooth, realistic indoor training experience at outstanding value, the TT-01 magnetic bike turbo trainer will help you to maintain your fitness levels when poor weather prevents outdoor riding.
LifeLine Trainer Table
The LifeLine Trainer Table is height adjustable and will comfortably support your training device, refreshments and nutrition as you tackle your stationary workout.
Tacx USB ANT+ Antenna For PC
This USB dongle connects wirelessly to Android devices and PCs, relaying all the data from your speed, cadence, and power sensors to your training platform.
Tacx Sweat Cover
The sweat cover protects your smartphone from falling perspiration while giving you full access while on the bike.
LifeLine Speed and Cadence Sensor
Data is the key to improvement and your gateway to online training. LifelLine’s Speed and Cadence Sensor is compatible with ANT+ receivers and mounts discretely on your chainstay, cranks, and spokes.