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:
Our top six smart picks for getting up and running with Zwift.
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] Elite Volano Direct Drive B+ Trainer
A value-for-money direct drive smart turbo which is 100% wireless – perfect if you have no access to power. Can also be folded easily for transportation.
An almost silent trainer offering great connectivity and a mid-range price tag. It’s limited to a max incline of 16% and max wattage of 1,8000 but unless you’re a pro you’ll be ok with this.
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] CycleOps H2 Direct Drive Smart Trainer
The H2 is a futuristic direct-drive unit from CycleOps. It’s capable of immense power, simulating up to 20% inclines all while remaining library-quiet, even at peak intensity. And with its smooth lines and funky design it’ll look great in any modern home.
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+.
Our top picks of non-smart turbos for getting up and running with Zwift.
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.
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.
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.