Tag Archives: Trainers

Magene Gravat2 Smart Trainer In-Depth Review

There’s a pretty good chance you’ve never heard of Magene, nor Gravat (or the Gravat2).  But that’s OK, now you have. There’s also a pretty good chance you’re not going to buy this product. Not because it’s got any issues, … Read More Here

Zwift Tidbits from Eurobike: New course specifics, real-life course preview, and other bits

This won’t be a long post, but darn-it, I went out and rode a beastly loop of the new Austrian course, and thus I’m determined to make something of that time spent in the saddle.  Thus, here we go. As … Read More Here

Wahoo KICKR 2018 Trainer In-Depth Review

It’s Wahoo’s first totally silent trainer – but is it worth the cost over the KICKR CORE which costs $300 less? And is the new flywheel that meaningful?

Wahoo Headwind Fan In-Depth Review

I’ve written many in-depth reviews over the years. Trainers, GPS watches, action cams, drones…and yes, even a blender once (I still have the blender, it’s awesome). But, never a fan. But there’s a first time for everything, and today is … Read More Here

Elite Fuoripista 14,000EUR Indoor Smart Bike: First Ride and Specs

I anticipate the cheapest sports technology gadget I’ll release a review or early look on here at Eurobike 2018 will cost about $60. But perhaps I’ll end up finding something that fits into my realm for cheaper.  What I don’t … Read More Here

CycleOps Shows Off New Indoor Trainer Moving Platform

This year at Eurobike it’s all about the very unique products. Be it the Elite Fuoripista or the Tacx Neo Bike Smart, companies are throwing out products that are pushing the boundaries of what we know of as indoor training … Read More Here

What’s Baseline on a Smart Trainer in 2018?

Last week Shane Miller posted his review of the TechnoGym MyCycling Smart Trainer.  For those not familiar (which is almost all of you), TechnoGym makes a direct drive trainer, sorta like the Wahoo KICKR, except missing all the stuff that … Read More Here

Hands-on with Road Grand Tours and their new update: Is it a viable Zwift competitor?

(This is the second post in the ‘Is it a viable Zwift competitor’ series, the first being VirtuGO earlier this year. Like Disney’s Star Wars plans, this titled series may continue until the next millennia without any real plot twists). … Read More Here

JetBlack WhisperDrive Smart Trainer: An Interim Review

One of the challenges with writing reviews that the whole world will see, especially on products that are in relatively limited supply, is what happens when things aren’t finished baking yet.  Not in the sense of a transient bug that … Read More Here

Hands-on with VirtuGO: Is it a viable Zwift competitor?

Within the trainer app realm, much is made of the giants – Zwift and TrainerRoad.  And rightfully so, they’ve grown their respective customer bases over years with boatloads of happy customers.  At the other end of the spectrum is a … 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

Into Thin Air: Bkool’s New 2017-2018 Trainer Lineup

While it’s traditional that most European trainer companies announced their new wares at Eurobike, Spain-based Bkool decided to eschew that for a few more weeks of prep and then launch their new trainer products at Interbike instead.  Unfortunately, that didn’t … 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

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

Giro d’Italia 2017–The Trainers, Power Meters and Gadgets of the Pro Peloton

Yesterday I spent the full day at the Giro d’Italia checking out all the sports tech goods the pro teams had on hand.  In the case of this stage, it was an individual time trial – which means that each … 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

The Podium Trainer Desk In-Depth Review

As trainer season is in full swing now, so are the various trainer-focused items showing up on my doorstep.  And not just trainers of course, but separate trainer accessories.  Today’s product hails from Edmonton, Alberta (Canada).  I figure if anyone … 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

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

The Trainer Updates of Interbike 2016: STAC, Kinetic, Tacx, CycleOps, Elite, CompuTrainer

As expected, Interbike was pretty quiet as far as new trainers go. Only one company introduced a new trainer: BKool, with all remaining companies having already introduced new trainers at Eurobike a few weeks ago, or over the course of … Read More Here

Bkool Announces New Smart Go Trainer

While at Interbike, Spanish trainer company Bkool announced their latest trainer – the Bkool Smart Go.  This lower-priced option helps to complement their existing option, the Bkool Smart Pro.  These two trainers sit at $479 and $699USD respectively. In many … 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

First Look: Zwift rolls out iOS version of platform

Zwift is somehow already two years old, how time flies!  While they only started taking your money last winter, it seems like just yesterday we were seeing the first demos of the platform.  Since inception they’ve added a structured workout … Read More Here