guide to power trainers
Indoor training on your bike has launched into new territory - no longer forced to spend your time watching Netflix reruns, keeping your summer fitness or working towards a great spring on the bike has been made much more enjoyable. Get the lowdown on the latest in electronic controlled power trainers from Wild Rock.
By now you may have heard a few words floating around - smart trainer, power trainer, Zwift - what does this all mean?!?! Here is the best way to think about the new trainers out there! A trainer that calls itself a Smart Trainer (CycleOps Fluid+, Kinetic Road Machine Smart) generally refers to a trainer that sends a signal to a cycling computer, app, or to software to display things like speed, distance, cadence or virtual power output. This is different from an Electronic Controlled Trainer or Power Trainer.(Cyclops Magnus, Cyclops Hammer, Wahoo Kickr series) in which the trainer is controlled by an app or by software (like Zwift) to change the level of resistance automatically as you ride. That’s the long and short of the lingo!
cycleops hammer h2
The CycleOps Hammer is a Electronic Power Control Trainer that connects to all your favourite training software to give you the most realistic ride experience! Its direct drive design (rear wheel off) allows for low noise, easy of set-up, and great compatibility between bikes. $1619.
wahoo kickr core
Following in the footsteps of its older sibling, the Wahoo Kickr Power ($1699) the new Kickr Core from Wahoo features a direct drive design, and the great features and construction you expect from Wahoo at a lower entry price for an Electronic Power Control Trainer at $1199.