Black Friday smart trainer deals 2018

Get your training setup sorted for winter

Black Friday is here and retailers are going wild with a number of cheap smart trainer deals. 

With the days getting shorter and colder, why not give some thought to how you'll be keeping up with your training schedule if the weather turns. Here, we've rounded up six of the best deals on our favourite smart trainers if you can't wait until 23 November.

Mercifully, indoor training has become a little more bearable in recent years with the introduction of smart trainers and apps such as Zwift bringing a competitive edge to what has previously been a pretty darn tedious task.

Cycleops Hammer smart trainer — £1,000 £699.99

The Hammer can be had with £300 off at ProBikeKit
The Hammer can be had with £300 off at ProBikeKit

CycleOps has been making power meters longer than anybody other than SRM, so it should be no surprise that the measurement on the Hammer trainer is pretty darn good — we measured it within two percent of the Pioneer and Vector meters, with very consistent behaviour overall.

Better still, you can now have this legendary reliability with a whopping £300 off at ProBikeKit. 

Tacx Flux smart trainer — £565 £399

The Tacx Flux is the most feature-rich trainer on the market
The Tacx Flux is the most feature-rich trainer on the market

The Tacx Flux Smart trainer is one of our favourite connected direct-drive trainers on the market. It sacrifices some of the features of the top-end Neo model (primarily packability) in favour of a more reasonable price.

While there are cheaper direct-drive trainers available, the Flux is currently one of the cheapest to feature full FE-C (Fitness Equipment Control) integration, which means it can mimic courses you've ridden outside. 

Tacx Neo smart trainer — £1,199.99 £849.99

The Tacx Neo provides a smooth, engaging ride
The Tacx Neo provides a smooth, engaging ride

In our opinion the Tacx Neo offers one of the most immersive and engaging riding experiences out there (bar actually riding outside); simulating road surfaces and modulating resistance smoothly.

Power measurement is dependable and consistent and there's not much that speaks against the unit apart from the high cost. With the discount featured here, that might not be as much of a problem anymore (for some) though.

This has ben creeping down in price in recent days and is now available at just £849.99.

Tacx Vortex smart trainer — £379 £324.99

The Tacx Vortex Smart features easy connectivity and user-friendly apps
The Tacx Vortex Smart features easy connectivity and user-friendly apps

The Tacx Vortex is a more budget-focussed option, foregoing the direct-drive system for the more traditional wheel-on roller configuration. This can mean reduced accuracy in terms of power measurements, but generally results in a cheaper, lighter and more compact trainer.

Resistance for this model tops out at 950w, so stronger riders will likely overwhelm the Vortex quite quickly, but it should suffice for those looking to indulge in an evening training session in the pain cave.

Elite Direto smart trainer — £769 £599

The Elite Direto provides all the features you really need at a reasonable price
The Elite Direto provides all the features you really need at a reasonable price

The Elite Direto isn't cheap, but it is on the less expensive side of direct-drive smart trainers. For that money you get very accurate power measurement and a good riding 'feel'.

It might not feature all the bells and whistles of higher end models such as the Elite Drivo, but it provides all the features that you really need at a reasonable price. Now that price just got even more reasonable.

Tacx Satori smart trainer — £284.99 £190.99

The Tacx Satori is one of the most popular smart trainers on the market
The Tacx Satori is one of the most popular smart trainers on the market

The Satori is one of the most simple smart trainers on the market and is a great option for those just starting out with indoor training.

Getting into indoor training is now easier than ever with a healthy 32% discount currently at Wiggle.

This article was last updated on the 23rd of November 2018

Jack Luke

Staff Writer, UK
Jack has been riding and fettling with bikes for his whole life. Always in search of the hippest new niche in cycling, Jack is a self-confessed gravel dork and thinks nothing of bivouacking on a beach after work. Also fond of cup and cone bearings, skids and tan wall tyres.
  • Discipline: Long days in the saddle by either road or mountain bike
  • Preferred Terrain: Happiest when on a rural road by the coast or crossing a remote mountain pass. Also partial to a cheeky gravel adventure or an arduous hike-a-bike.
  • Current Bikes: Custom Genesis Croix de Fer all road adventure wagon, Niner EMD 9.
  • Dream Bike: A rigid 44 Bikes Marauder, all black please.
  • Beer of Choice: Caesar Augustus
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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