Smart trainers can interact with apps in two ways. The best ones both broadcast power to apps, and let their resistance be controlled by apps. Others only broadcast power. Those we list here are two-way smart trainers.
Ben Delaney talks us through the best smart trainers that are available today
You don’t need a smart trainer to use Zwift — or TrainerRoad or other indoor training apps.
At minimum, you need a speed / cadence sensor and a turbo trainer or a set of rollers plus a smartphone, tablet or computer. Power meters, heart rate monitors and other accessories will make for a more immersive experience, but aren’t strictly necessary.
Jack has been riding and fettling bikes for his whole life. Always in search of the hippest new niche in cycling, Jack is a self-confessed gravel dork, fixie-botherer, tandem-evangelist, hill-climbing try hard, and thinks nothing of taking on a daft challenge for the BikeRadar YouTube channel. With a near encyclopaedic knowledge of cycling tech — from the most esoteric niche nonsense to the most cutting edge modern kit — Jack takes pride in his ability to seek out tech and stories that would otherwise go unreported. Jack has been at BikeRadar for three years now and is currently testing an All-City Mr Pink as his long term test bike.