Power Meter + What Turbo

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Power Meter + What Turbo

Postby stoobydale » Tue Oct 15, 2013 09:08 am

I currently have a Tacx Cosmos and Flow, I am looking to sell these and buy a power meter. As I will still need a turbo, what is the best to choose for use with a power meter? Are there any available that a particularly good for low cadence high power workouts?

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Re: Power Meter + What Turbo

Postby mattclinton » Tue Oct 15, 2013 09:15 am

Power is power, so it doesn't matter which meter you go for to measure your efforts.

There are obviously advantages and disadvantages to each system, whether it be that you've got the versatility to move the powermeter between bikes, or that you're limited to a certain bike/wheel system.

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Re: Power Meter + What Turbo

Postby mattclinton » Tue Oct 15, 2013 09:17 am

And if I read your original post properly I see you're asking about turbo's and not power meters!

Personally I'm a big fan of the CycleOps trainers, lifetime warranty.

For real big power low cadence, you probably want to look at a direct-drive turbo, such as the CycleOps Silencer, Wahoo Kickr, Lemond Revolution, Elite Muin etc.

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Re: Power Meter + What Turbo

Postby stoobydale » Tue Oct 15, 2013 09:32 am

Thanks for the reply. I was hoping to be able to buy something a bit (lot) cheaper. Did like the look of the Kickr though.

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Re: Power Meter + What Turbo

Postby mattclinton » Tue Oct 15, 2013 09:36 am

The more expensive a turbo, the bigger the flywheel tends to be - allowing higher power, lower cadence work. The disadvantage of a normal turbo when doing this kind of workout would be tyre slip - which is why I have suggested a direct-drive unit.

Also remember a cheaper turbo tends to be a lot noisier than a more expensive one.

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Re: Power Meter + What Turbo

Postby jotko » Tue Oct 15, 2013 21:23 pm

I have one of these, it is designed for 'powerful' riders so might be what you are after

http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/category/ ... l-11-42728

It was cheap (£150) and is pretty quiet.

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Re: Power Meter + What Turbo

Postby stoobydale » Wed Oct 16, 2013 14:12 pm

Thanks for the reply Jotko. A possibility at the price.

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Re: Power Meter + What Turbo

Postby FatTed » Wed Oct 16, 2013 19:43 pm

The LeMond Revolution is a great trainer
at 53 X 11 should give you a good workout
obviously it rules out a powertap as your choice of power meter
and it is very noisy

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Re: Power Meter + What Turbo

Postby RichA » Tue Oct 22, 2013 12:23 pm

What is wrong with the Tacx Flow. I had this & used with a PM for a couple of seasons. No problems at all.

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Re: Power Meter + What Turbo

Postby stoobydale » Tue Oct 22, 2013 13:18 pm

RichA wrote:What is wrong with the Tacx Flow. I had this & used with a PM for a couple of seasons. No problems at all.


Nothing wrong with the flow, just didn't like having to log all the data with pen and paper and then to the comp. Cosmos was great for this but the software isn't really compatible with my comp anymore. Should have a Road Machine soon to use with Trainerroad, and a powermeter hopefully.

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Re: Power Meter + What Turbo

Postby RichA » Tue Oct 22, 2013 21:34 pm

No probs. The Road Machine is a good machine but doesn't really do anything different to the Flow. The PM headunit records all the data so no need to write anything down.


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