Indoor training is a staple of many cyclists’ lives, especially during the winter months, and while it was once something that most people dreaded, it’s now possible to make it bearable or, dare we say it, even fun.
With Black Friday now here, we’re starting to see great deals on smart trainers, turbo trainers and accessories popping up everywhere, so we’ve rounded up a few of the very best offers so you don’t have to spend your own time scouring the internet.
CycleOps H2 Direct Drive Smart Trainer –
The CycleOps H2 is an updated version of the CycleOps Hammer trainer that we gave 4.5 stars in late 2017.
We when reviewed the original CycleOps Hammer, we got on really well with it – giving it 4.5 out of 5 stars – so at just over 40 per cent off it’s a real bargain.
It’s smooth ride feel and dependable, accurate power measurement really impressed our tester, with the only drawbacks being that it’s heavy (this is good for stability though) and that it’s a little noisier than other high-end direct drive trainers.
Wahoo KICKR SNAP Smart Turbo Trainer –
The Wahoo Kickr Snap is an excellent wheel-on smart trainer that’s quiet and folds down to a small size for easy storage. Wahoo
The Wahoo Kickr Snap is one of the best wheel-on smart trainers on the market, and with the price down to just £379.99 for Black Friday at Evans Cycles, it’s a brilliant option for anyone looking to get into interactive indoor training this winter.
CycleOps M2 Trainer –
The CycleOps/Saris M2 is one of the best wheel-on smart trainers. Saris
CycleOps was recently rebranded as Saris, and the M2 is one of the best wheel-on smart trainers we’ve tested.
We reviewed it recently as part of our smart trainer group test, and we were very impressed with its simplicity, price and power accuracy. With 40 per cent off, it represents even better value and is a great way to get into interactive training.
Cyclops Basic Mag Kit –
The Cycleops Basic Mag Kit has everything you need to get started with indoor training. Rutland Cycling
Smart trainers might be all the rage right now, but standard ‘dumb’ turbo trainers still work just as well as before – they’re also vastly cheaper.
If, for example, you’ve already got a power meter on your bike, you can still connect to Zwift or do power-based workouts with a turbo trainer such as the Cycleops Mag. You won’t be able to replicate the virtual terrain, but it’s a great way to get into online training on the cheap.
Furthermore, if you’ve never owned an indoor trainer before, this kit could be the ideal introduction because it has everything you need to get started: the trainer, a trainer mat, a riser block and a towel.
Elite Drivo direct-drive smart turbo trainer –
The original Drivo by Elite still has plenty to offer the dedicated indoor cyclist. Elite
Just because Elite has released the Drivo II recently, doesn’t mean the original Drivo isn’t still a great smart trainer.
It’s user friendly and has claimed power accuracy of +/- 1 per cent alongside vast amounts of resistance (up to 2,300 watts). We gave it 4 out of 5 stars when its RRP was £1,200 in 2017, so it looks to be a serious steal at such a heavy discount.
Elite Novo Force –
The Elite Novo Force is a great entry-level option. Elite
The Elite Novo Force is a solid entry-level trainer, but we felt it was let down simply by its high price. However, with a hefty discount it’s a much more attractive option.
It’s a magnetic trainer with five different resistance settings, which ought to be enough for most indoor training. Its light, sub-10kg weight and portability also make it ideal as a trainer to take with you to warm up before races.
Tacx Satori smart trainer –
The Tacx Satori is one of the cheapest routes into interactive training. Tacx
The Tacx Satori is one of the cheapest smart trainers on the market. It doesn’t have the ability to allow software to vary its resistance like pricier models, but you can adjust this using the integrated shifter.
What it does do is broadcast cadence, power and speed over both Bluetooth and ANT+, making it a bargain way into the world of interactive training apps.