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Product Comparison Calculator

How to find the right product for you

This Product Comparison Calculator will allow you to compare products in one of two ways. Choose from the two dropdown menus below to auto-populate the product boxes with results, or click on the product boxes to activate your own personalized choices. Once the product boxes are shaded per your liking, click the “COMPARE NOW” button to retrieve a customized product comparison graph.

Currently there are eight product types:

– Watches (and bike computers)
– Trainers (for cycling indoors)
– Activity monitors (things like Fitbits and step counters)
– Power meters (for cycling)
– Action Cams (things like GoPro’s and the like)
– Heart Rate Sensors (Straps and Optical sensors that measure HR)
– Trainer Apps (for cycling indoors on trainers)
– Drones (primarily sport focused options)

For trainers, the focus is primarily on computer-integrated trainers that provide resistance control. Additionally, like the watches I only include units that I’ve personally reviewed and/or used.

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Note: While many running watches have a basic bike mode, only running units that are multi-sport focused are also included in the bike-only results (in addition to bike-specific units). Hiking units are those that include a Barometric Altimeter, Magnetic Compass and navigational functions.

Or select products for comparison by clicking the product boxes below:

BKOOL Trainer
CycleOps Hammer
CycleOps Magnus
CycleOps PowerBeam Pro
CycleOps PowerSync
Elite Direto
Elite Drivo
Elite Drivo II
Elite Kura
Elite Qubo Digital Smart B+
Elite Rampa
Elite Real Turbo Muin B+
JetBlack WhisperDrive Smart
Kinetic R1
Kurt Road Machine (with inRide)
LeMond Revolution
Magene Gravat2
Racermate CompuTrainer
STAC Zero Power Meter Trainer
Tacx Bushido
Tacx Bushido Smart
Tacx Flux 1
Tacx Flux 2
Tacx Flux S
Tacx Genius
Tacx NEO Smart
Tacx Satori Smart
Tacx Vortex Smart
Wahoo Fitness KICKR (Original)
Wahoo Fitness KICKR CORE
Wahoo KICKR 2016
Wahoo KICKR 2017
Wahoo KICKR 2018
Wahoo KICKR SNAP (2017)
Wahoo KICKR SNAP (Original)

Comparison Results:

Function/FeatureCycleOps HammerElite DiretoJetBlack WhisperDrive SmartTacx Flux 1Wahoo KICKR 2017
Copyright DC Rainmaker - Updated September 24th, 2018 @ 4:06 amNew Window
Price for trainer$1,199USD$849 ($799 for 2017 models)$1,099$799USD/€799$1,199
Attachment TypeDirect Drive (no wheel)Direct Drive (No Wheel)DIRECT DRIVE (NO WHEEL)Direct Drive (no wheel)Direct Drive (No Wheel)
Available today (for sale)YesYesYesYEsYes
Availability regionsGlobalGlobalGlobalGlobalGlobal
Connects to computerYesYesYES (WITH APPS)YesYes
Uses mouse/keyboard as control unitYes (with apps)Yes (with apps)YES (WITH APPS)Yes (with apps)YEs (with apps)
Uses phone/tablet as control unit (handlebar)Yes (with apps)Yes (with apps)YES (WITH APPS)Yes (with apps)YEs (with apps)
Wired or Wireless data transmission/controlWirelessWirelessWirelessWirelessWireless
Power cord requiredYesYes (no control w/o)No (none at all)YesYes
Flywheel weight20lb/9kg4.2KG/9.2LBS6.5KG/17.5LBS6.7kg (simulated 25kg)12.5lbs/5.7kgs
ResistanceCycleOps HammerElite DiretoJetBlack WhisperDrive SmartTacx Flux 1Wahoo KICKR 2017
Can electronically control resistance (i.e. 200w)YesYesYEsYesYes
Includes motor to drive speed (simulate downhill)NoNoNoNoNo
Maximum wattage capability2,000w1,400w @ 40KPH / 2,200w @ 60KPH2500w1,500w @ 40KPH2500w @ 30MPH
Maximum simulated hill incline20%14%16%10%20%
FeaturesCycleOps HammerElite DiretoJetBlack WhisperDrive SmartTacx Flux 1Wahoo KICKR 2017
Ability to update unit firmwareYesYesYesYesYes
Measures/Estimates Left/Right PowerNoYEsNoNoNo
Can directionally steer trainer (left/right)NoNoNoNoNo
Can simulate road patterns/shaking (i.e. cobblestones)NoNoNoNoNo (But can use KICKR CLIMB for incline)
AccuracyCycleOps HammerElite DiretoJetBlack WhisperDrive SmartTacx Flux 1Wahoo KICKR 2017
Includes temperature compensationYesN/AN/AYesYes
Support rolldown procedure (for wheel based)YesN/AYesYesYes
Supported accuracy level+/- 3%+/- 2% (Sept 2018 models, +/- 2.5% for earlier models)+/- 5%+/-3%+/- 2%
Trainer ControlCycleOps HammerElite DiretoJetBlack WhisperDrive SmartTacx Flux 1Wahoo KICKR 2017
Allows 3rd party trainer controlYesYesYesYesYes
Supports ANT+ FE-C (Trainer Control Standard)YesYesYesYesYEs
Supports Bluetooth Smart control for 3rd partiesYesYesSortaYesYEs
Data BroadcastCycleOps HammerElite DiretoJetBlack WhisperDrive SmartTacx Flux 1Wahoo KICKR 2017
Can re-broadcast power data as open ANT+YesYesNoYesYes
Can re-broadcast data as open Bluetooth SmartYesYesNoYesYes
PurchaseCycleOps HammerElite DiretoJetBlack WhisperDrive SmartTacx Flux 1Wahoo KICKR 2017
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