Wattbike Atom In-Depth Review

It’s been just shy of three months since Wattbike announced their new Atom unit, which was designed to compete with higher end smart trainers like the Tacx Neo and Wahoo KICKR.  Up till now, Wattbike’s indoor bikes have been rather … Read More Here

Annual Winter 2017-2018 Bike Trainer Recommendations

And just like that, it’s already fall.  The summer season is past us (well, unless you’re in Australia), and it’s time to pick out that trainer for the weekend.  Sure, the weather in much of the US and Europe right … Read More Here

First Look: Minoura’s New Kagura Smart Trainer

While at Interbike I got the chance to check out and ride Minoura’s new smart trainer, the Kagura.  The Japanese firm was on-hand at the Las Vegas show, including their founder and CEO (Koji Minoura) to show off the $599USD … Read More Here

Elite Direto Trainer In-Depth Review

Earlier this summer Elite announced the Direto, a direct drive trainer that’s fully integrated into the likes of Zwift and TrainerRoad. Priced at $899 it was initially targeted at the mid-range price market, but over the course of the last … Read More Here

Hands-on: Wattbike introduces new Atom stationary bike (with ANT+/BLE and more!)

Today Wattbike has introduced their first consumer-focused smart stationary bike.  And unlike some of the other ideas floating around – this one is actually real, here today, and with production underway.  So much real that a unit has been sitting … Read More Here

Hands-on: Wahoo’s new KICKR CLIMB Incline Simulator

While this Eurobike is a bit quieter when it comes to major new trainers, we do have one item that’s definitely unique coming out of the Wahoo camp: An incline simulator. The new Wahoo CLIMB will raise and lower the … Read More Here

Wahoo’s New 2017 KICKR SNAP Trainer: Hands-on

This week Wahoo quietly launched an updated version of the KICKR SNAP trainer.  That’s Wahoo’s lower-end trainer that sits at $599USD.  Of course, Wahoo only makes two trainers – the full KICKR (direct-drive), and the KICKR SNAP (wheel-on).  The full … Read More Here

Elite’s new Direto trainer–Hands on!

Today Elite announced their newest trainer for the 2017-2018 winter trainer season – the Direto.  This direct drive controllable trainer is notable partly for its price ($899), but also partly because it’s sporting easily the highest accuracy rating of any … Read More Here

CycleOps Hammer Trainer In-Depth Review

It’s Hammer Time. The Hammer is CycleOps’ answer to the highly competitive high-end direct drive trainer realm.  Or said differently, it’s their answer to the KICKR. It feels like an eternity ago that the Hammer was announced.  In reality though, … Read More Here

Tacx Flux Trainer In-Depth Review

It’s been just over three months since Tacx announced what was shaping up to be the hottest trainer of the 2016-2017 winter season.  You’ll remember that the main appeal of the Tacx Flux was that not only was it a … Read More Here

The Winter 2016-2017 Trainer App In-Depth Guide

It’s been two years since I’ve last done a Trainer App guide.  And in that time we’ve continued to see the trainer app world expand with ever better options.  There are both new companies, and existing companies that have exploded … Read More Here

Annual Winter 2016-2017 Bike Trainer Recommendations

How the heck is it fall already? Seriously.  It felt like just yesterday I was enjoying warm summer days, yet now I’m sitting here looking out the window onto a rainy, cold, windy, and generally miserable day.  I saw snow last … Read More Here

Elite Drivo Trainer In-Depth Review

Earlier this summer Elite launched four new trainers/rollers, and in doing so greatly simplified their trainer lineup.  Previous to that they had enough trainers to allow each member of the Brady Bunch both a primary and backup trainer.  Never mind … Read More Here

Hands-on: The new Tacx Flux Smart Trainer

This week at Eurobike, Tacx has announced their latest smart trainer, the Tacx Flux.  This new trainer sits at the upper edge of the mid-range electronic trainer pricing range at $899USD/€799, but pulls in features historically only seen at higher … Read More Here

Everything you ever wanted to know about ANT+ FE-C and bike trainers

As we near trainer season, I’ve seen an uptick in interest in understanding what exactly ANT+ FE-C is, and why it matters when it comes to choosing a trainer (or an app, or a bike computer).  So I figured I’d … Read More Here

Hands-on with Elite’s new Drivo, Kura, and Rampa trainers

Today Italian trainer company Elite joined in on the 2016 Trainer announcements bandwagon with the unveiling of four new indoor training products, including one set of rollers. These announcements marks not just new trainers, but most notably a cleaner and simpler … Read More Here

Hands-on with new CycleOps Hammer Smart Trainer

Today CycleOps has announced their latest trainer product, the Hammer.  Taking a cue from others in the industry on having a catchy name, the Hammer is CycleOps’s first totally new trainer in a few years.  And also their first direct … Read More Here

My Winter 2015-2016 Bike Trainer Recommendations

!!!Update: Looking for a trainer? Check out my new 2016-2017 Winter Trainer Guide here! It’s once again fall in the Northern Hemisphere – which for most of us means transitioning to a more steady diet of trainer rides indoors, keeping … Read More Here

The Tacx NEO Smart Trainer: Everything you ever wanted to know

Over the past few weeks Tacx has released two new trainers, the Tacx NEO and the Tacx Genius Smart.  While both of these trainers have similar technical capabilities, the actual hardware aspects of them are dramatically different.  One (the Genius Smart) … Read More Here

Bkool Announces ANT+ FE-C Software Update Available Now, plus a new budget trainer and more

BKOOL is here at Eurobike this week and has pushed out a number of updates (both software and hardware), one of which will definitely make (most) existing owners quite happy.  As a brief refresher Bkool has historically been one of … Read More Here

Hands-on with new Wahoo Fitness KICKR SNAP

Today Wahoo has launched their latest trainer, the Wahoo KICKR SNAP.  The KICKR SNAP is essentially a lower-cost version of the original (and enormously popular) Wahoo KICKR, with a few minor tweaks.  For those familiar with the wheel-less KICKR, those … Read More Here

Tacx Rolls out open ANT+ Trainer Profile support, Zwift/TrainerRoad/Kinomap follow

Today Tacx announced and made available open ANT+ trainer profile support.  This support (technically called FE-C, for Fitness Equipment – Controls), allows any 3rd party app to control certain Tacx trainers, as part of their Tacx ‘Smart’ series of trainers.  … Read More Here

The Winter 2014-2015 Trainer App In-Depth Guide

After my recent Winter 2014-2015 trainer recommendations post, many of you have been asking about trainer apps.  I decided against combining it with the trainer recommendations post in order to give its full due in a standalone post.  In retrospect … Read More Here

My Winter 2014-2015 Bike Trainer Recommendations

It’s that time of year again – trainer season.  When it generally gets cold and miserable to be outside, well, unless you live Down Under.  I started doing the Trainer Recommendations post two years ago, and I know many of … Read More Here

CompuTrainer begins to open up access to apps, Kinomap demos WiFi CompuTrainer control and announced Android app

This week at Interbike, both CompuTrainer and Kinomap have made a number of announcements around application control and usage with the CompuTrainer trainer.  Let’s dive into them. CompuTrainer’s ‘Open Source’ First up is potentially the beginning of CompuTrainer opening up … Read More Here