Black Friday is just around the corner, and 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. We've rounded up four of the best deals on our favourite smart trainers if you can't wait until 23 November.
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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.
We've gathered great deals on the accessibly priced direct-drive Tacx Flux, the immersive Tacx Neo, the budget minded Tacx Vortex and the quietly competent Elite Direto. Read on to find the perfect one for you.
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Tacx Flux smart trainer —
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 the cheapest one to feature full FE-C (Fitness Equipment Control) integration, which means it can mimic courses you've ridden outside.
Tacx Neo smart trainer —
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.
Tacx Vortex smart trainer —
The Tacx Vortex is a more budget 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 —
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.