We tested this trainer in 2011, but it’s now available without a cassette. Here it works off a belt-driven fan that effectively replaces your rear wheel, eliminating the problem of tyre wear. All resistance is provided through your gears.
The trainer is very smooth and feels incredibly lifelike to ride, but is also incredibly loud, like most air trainers. It’s not something you’ll wear out in a hurry either as it’s very solidly built.
For an extra £300 you can buy the LeMond Power Pilot, a power meter with downloadable data designed specifically for this trainer.
This article was originally published in Cycling Plus magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.