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Our pick of the best Zwift-compatible turbo trainers 2020

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Zwift-compatible turbo trainers
Zwift
is the interactive online cycling tool sweeping the world of turbo training, making the once boredom-inducing (for many) slog a distant memory. We’ve selected some of the best Zwift-compatible turbo trainers to make the most of the platform.

 

You can see our comprehensive turbo training guide here.

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:


6 of the best Zwift-compatible turbo trainers in 2020

Our top six smart picks for getting up and running with Zwift.


1] Tacx Neo 2 Interactive Smart Trainer
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] Saris H3 Smart Trainer
Saris set themselves a goal to create a direct drive trainer so quiet, that you would only hear your bikes drivetrain. The new H3 Direct Drive provides even greater training accuracy than you have ever experienced and makes less noise than a dishwasher (59 decibels) when travelling at 20mph.

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 unrivalled value in a robust, portable, and reliable unit.

4] Elite Direto X Smart Trainer 

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 Neo 2T Smart Trainer
Probably the best performance trainer on the market, the Neo 2T Smart is the most powerful, accurate and true to real cycling direct-drive trainer ever made. And, it’s even quieter and smoother to use than anyone believed possible. It features a re-designed motor to provide much higher torque values for the greatest indoor cycling experience.

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.


The best budget turbo trainers to use with Zwift


You’ll need a speed and cadence sensor or a power meter to connect to Zwift if you’re using this type of trainer.

LifeLine ANT+ USB

LifeLine Speed and Cadence Sensor

Note that the new Zwift iOS app only communicates with your iOS device via Bluetooth, not Ant+.

Zwift-compatible turbo trainers


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.

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.


Essential Zwift turbo training accessories


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.

LifeLine Sweat Net
Indoor training sessions are inherently warm and sweaty due to the lack of air circulation when compared to the great outdoors. Let this Sweat Net catch the corrosive sweat to keep your frame and bar tape in tip-top shape.

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.

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