For riders in theNorthern Hemisphere, winter is just around the corner. If you don’t fancy long, cold, dark rides in bad weather, then a smart trainer is a great alternative. Fortunately, now happens to be a really good time to pick up a new trainer, with many of the best smart trainers from the major brands discounted.
Hook up your bike to your new trainer and you’ve got a great option to keep your fitness up through the winter months. With the best indoor cycling apps offering ever-more sophisticated functionality, new roads and immersive graphics, riding indoors can nowadays be just as engaging as riding outdoors. It’s easier to fit a session in on dark days too, and the risks of injury are significantly reduced.
With indoor cycling so popular, we keep a constant eye on what’s available and follow trainer prices closely. And right now, we’ve found some cracking deals on trainers from the likes of Tacx, Elite and Saris, as well as that permanent price reduction on the Wahoo Kickr Core.
Read on for our picks of the best turbo trainer deals.
Tacx trainers provide quiet operation, high quality and some clever features. Higher spec models let you simulate different surfaces including gravel and cobblestones, adding some extra variety to your rides. They also give you stats like left/right balance, so you can work on your pedalling technique while riding on Zwift or other apps.
The Wahoo Kickr was arguably the first product that made indoor training interesting. Wahoo continues to push the boundaries of trainer tech with its latest Kickr Move as well as offering its clever accessories like the Kickr Climb and Kickr Headwind.
Perhaps best known for its water bottles, Elite also has a great range of indoor training products. These include not just trainers, but also a climb simulator that raises the bike’s front end, a steering plate to provide in-game steering on Zwift and other apps and a speed-sensitive fan for cooling.
Saris may not be the biggest name in trainers, but it has some useful products, including the H3 direct drive trainer. It also has a range of wheel-on smart and non-smart trainers, which provide a smaller footprint, making them a lot more portable than typically large, heavy direct drive units.