4 cheap smart trainer deals

Get through the winter months with these discounted connected trainers

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 — £699.99 £629.99

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 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 — £399.99 £338.45

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 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 — £1,000 £888

CycleOps has been making trainers for years now
CycleOps has been making trainers for years now

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 — £1,199.99 £999.98

The Elite Drivo is the only smart trainer that looks like it's been taken from a Star Wars set
The Elite Drivo is the only smart trainer that looks like it's been taken from a Star Wars set

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. 

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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