With the nights drawing in and the weather becoming increasingly unpleasant, it's hard to resist the urge to move indoors and onto the turbo. So for this week's edition of BikeRadar Bargainswe've rounded up four of the best deals on our favourite smart trainers.
Mercifully, indoor training has got 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. Read on to indulge in some deal-tastic goodies.
Tacx Flux smart trainer —
The Tacx Flux Smart Trainer is our favourite 'connected' direct drive trainer on the market, with more bolt-on accessories and features than the majority of us could ever dream of needing.
While there are cheaper direct drive trainers available, the Flux is currently the cheapest one to feature full FE-C (Fitness Equipment Control) integration, meaning it can mimic courses you've ridden outside.
Tacx Vortex smart trainer —
The Tacx Vortex builds on the Satori, using an electric brake as opposed to the bar-mounted adjuster dial used on the cheaper trainer.
Resistance tops out at 950w, so stronger riders will likely overwhelm the Vortex quite quickly, but it should suffice for those looking to indulge in a cheeky evening sesh in the hurt locker.
CycleOps Hammer smart trainer —
CycleOps, better known for its PowerTap brand of power meters, has been making high quality trainers for decades.
Ben Delaney has spent a fair bit of time on the Hammer and likened its performance to category leader the Wahoo Kickr.
Elite Drivo smart trainer —
The Elite Drivo shares many of the same features as the other smart trainers we've featured, but it's the only one that looks like an AT-AT.
The supplied Elite software isn't quite as refined as third party apps, but luckily the unit works fine with all popular training software.