The humble indoor trainer has come a long way since the days of rollers, and there is a huge range to choose from in the market. This is especially the case since the advent of smart trainers, with a number of different units available that have the capability of linking to laptops, PCs, tablets and mobile phones, with possibly just as many interactive software platforms to train with.
Having used a handful of different indoor trainers, and needing to invest in my own, I opted for the Tacx Neo - one of the more advanced stationary trainers currently available. The set-up is relatively easy (Blue Cycles can assist with this if you do have any troubles) of this space-aged looking machine and it’s weight gives a feeling of secureness when attached an expensive carbon road bike. I was particularly impressed by it’s ability to take either a Shimano/Sram or Campagnolo cassette on the same free-hub body.
With the bike all set-up, and Zwift ready to run, the first pedal strokes came with a smooth ramp of resistance - it felt predictable as it would riding outdoors. If you read any reviews of the Tacx Neo, they will all comment on how quiet it is, so it came as no surprise that the only noise I could really here was the bike itself. Regardless, it was very re-assuring to know that I’m not going to wake my partner up during very early training sessions (grunts and shouts of pain are still a problem).
The Tacx Neo is a very heavily featured smart trainer and if you are looking at really investing into a training regime, the Neo will provide a fantastic experience. Drop by either stores if you would like to find out more and have a chat to me.
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