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CycleOps is no stranger to indoor trainers, nor smart trainers, and at this year’s Interbike show in Las Vegas it had a few new models designed to cause maximum suffering. In a good way, that is.
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With the announcement of the new Magnus and Hammer, CyclOps is into its fifth generation of smart trainers. Both offer ANT+ and Bluetooth connectivity and can connect to the brand’s own VirtualTraining software, but also all of your favorite apps like Zwift and TrainerRoad.
When connected to a training app not only can the smart trainers adjust the resistance based on your workout and simulated terrain, but they also offer a live power reading, and being PowerTap’s sister brand you can be sure it’s an accurate one.
Eric Albers showed us the wheel-on Magnus trainer, which features an electromagnetic resistance unit capable of producing 1,500w of resistance. Albers says this allows it to respond to external control faster than previous trainers.
With a hand-built steel frame the Magnus gets the brand’s proprietary clutch knob, which is like a torque wrench for tension between the trainer’s roller and bike’s rear tire, and is priced at £600 / $599 / AU$TBC
We also had a look at the Hammer, CyclOps’ latest direct-drive unit. Priced at £1,200 / $1,199 / AU$TBC it offers what the brand calls “true thru-axle compatibility,” which means it will work with 142 or 148mm Boost standards as well as standard 130 and 135mm quick release.
In addition to an electromagnetic drive control device, the Hammer also features a 20lb flywheel to create the most real-world ride-feel as possible. With all of that weight to throw around, CyclOps says the Hammer can replicate up to 2000w at 20mph and can simulate grades up to 20 percent.
Being a wheel-off direct drive system there’s no tyre slippage or wear to worry about.