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.
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Here we’ve listed the best and most popular Tacx turbo trainers to help you decide which is 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.
£289 [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: those looking for an interactive reliable and powerful trainer with a smooth ride feel. The heavy flywheel creates a more realistic rhythmic ride – no ‘choppy’ feeling like you get with less sophisticated trainers.
Considerations: To use as a smart turbo trainer, you will also need to a power source although it can be used without one in standalone training mode.
Best turbo trainer for: a user looking for a wider simulation range, better ride feel and a more accurate measurements – including speed, cadence and power. It allows allows you to dial in any level of resistance that is humanly possible.
Considerations: Like the above model, it requires a power source and does not have a folding design for when it’s not in use.
Best turbo trainer for: cyclists who want the most realistic and the most silent smart turbo trainer around. Or who want to analyse their pedalling technique. For more Zwift compatible turbo trainers, read this blog.
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. It is available from £41.47 per month though.
Best turbo trainer for: anyone looking for an unprecedented, one of a kind and immersive experience with Virtual shifting, Gear Feel and descent simulation!
Considerations: We may not be able to deliver this due to it’s size and weight, please contact us if you don’t wish to pick it up yourself.
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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.