Zwift is the interactive online cycling tool sweeping the world of turbo training, making the once boredom-inducing (for many) slog a distant memory.
With most models of turbo trainer supported, including smart and classic trainers – you should be up and running in no time.
Zwift translates your real world effort into speed in the digital one. Your power, measured by the watts you produce, propels you through the digital landscape.
Just like the real world, your speed is adjusted for your height, weight and the road gradient. We even give you credit for drafting. Zwift
Wondering what’s the best trainer to use with Zwift? Here’s our top picks:
Smart turbo trainers
The best performance trainers for getting up and running with Zwift.
Tacx Neo Interactive SmartTrainer
Probably the best smart turbo on the market, the Tacx Neo 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.
Wahoo KICKR Smart Turbo Trainer 2018 – 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%.
Elite Drivo Turbo Trainer
Drivo is interactive and features a 24-point power measuring system with a +/- 1% accuracy, for each pedal stroke. The integrated power measurement system determines the watts expressed as precisely as scientific measuring devices. Drivo combines all the advantages of a professional training tool with an easy and intuitive system.
Integrated dual ANT+ FE-C and Bluetooth Smart technologies provide a quick connection to an array of virtual training software, while CycleOps’ fast-response electromagnetic response system puts you in control of every change in resistance, from 0 to 1500W.
Tacx Satori Smart T2400 Trainer
This interactive Smart trainer uses complex technology in a user-friendly fashion. In the resistance unit an accurate measurement of your speed, cadence and power is performed.
Non-smart turbo trainers
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 new Zwift iOS app only communicates with your iOS device via Bluetooth, not Ant+.
Tacx Booster Ultra High Power T2500 Trainer
The top model of the Tacx turbo trainers – even at low speed the powerful magnetic brake generates high resistance; the maximum resistance is 1050 Watt.
Tacx Blue Matic T2650 Trainer
The Blue Matic has a magnetic brake with permanent-magnets. You set the resistance selecting one of the ten different positions via the handlebar resistance lever. During your training session the resistance increases as you cycle faster or switch to a heavier setting.