A turbo trainer, also known as a home trainer or an indoor trainer is a great investment if you want to keep up or improve your strength, fitness, stamina and average time if you can’t, or don’t want to, cycle outdoors. Many people start thinking the best turbo trainers around autumn as an alternative to cycling in the dark, cold or wet winter months. Here are our Tacx turbo trainer reviews to help you pick the trainer that’s right for you.
£99.99 [was £114.99]
Best turbo trainer for: cyclists new to indoor training as it’s easy to use and set up. The bike comes off the trainer easily and then folds up nice and small when you’re not using it.
Considerations: as an entry level it’s not going to have all the bells and whistles other (and more expensive) models have but it’s still as great quality as you would expect from a Tacx turbo trainer.
£125.99 [was £139.99]
Best turbo trainer for: both keen and occasional cyclists. With a simplified mounting system, this indoor trainer has a easy to assemble brake system with 8 permanent magnets and 1 kg flywheel.
Considerations: you wouldn’t want to use in the same room as someone watching TV as it is a little noisy.
£341.10 [was £379.00]
Best turbo trainer for: turbo trainer users who want to create a fully interactive simulator (which can simulate cycling gradients up to 7%) with their smartphone or tablet for a more immersive experience.
Considerations: To use as a smart turbo trainer, you will also need to purchase a handlebar mount for your device.
Best turbo trainer for: cyclists who want one of the most powerful (up to 25% cycling gradients), the most realistic and the most silent smart turbo trainers around.
Considerations: Due to the high price point, this is probably not best if you’re new to turbo training and aren’t sure if it’s for you or not.
You might also want to consider some turbo training clothing
Specifically designed for indoor training, these clothes are stripped down (no pockets and no logos), made of open mesh fast wicking fabric to keep you nice and cool and can be washed at 60° to help kill bacteria.