Gear Reviews

8 great indoor trainers when you have to ride inside

From entry level to premium, these bad weather beaters will keep you riding
The Kinetic Rock and Roll trainer sways under load to deliver a more realistic ride feel.

The Kinetic Rock and Roll trainer sways under load to deliver a more realistic ride feel (click to enlarge).

5. Kinectic Road Machine-Smart

While typical smart trainers retail for $1000 and up, Kurt Kinetic is now integrating smart sensors into their well respected fluid trainers to provide app-based power training at a more affordable price. | Price: $409 | More info at kurtkinetic.com

The hybrid design of the FG-540 gives the realistic road feel of a traditional roller, but lessens the learning curve.

The hybrid design of the FG-540 gives the realistic road feel of a traditional roller, but lessens the learning curve (click to enlarge).

6. Minoura FG-540

Minoura pioneered the magnetic trainer in the 1980s. Their products continue to be made in Japan using high quality components. The top of the line FG-540 model is compatible with LiveTraining apps and Zwift. For riders on a budget, the B60 retails for $169. | Price: $399 | More info at www.minoura.jp

Innovation doesn’t come cheap and the Neo Smart is perhaps the most technologically advanced trainer on this list.

Innovation doesn’t come cheap and the Neo Smart is perhaps the most technologically advanced trainer on this list (click to enlarge).

7. TACX Neo Smart

The TACX Neo Smart is one of the more expensive options on this list, but its innovative new direct drive resistance system ditches rollers and belts in favor of magnets. This means it’s virtually silent, yet capable of accurately replicating almost any road. It also syncs with a wide variety of software packages, including Zwift and TrainerRoad. It acts like a normal fluid trainer when not paired with a device. | Price: $1,600 | More info at www.tacx.com

Though incredibly portable, the KICKR Snap has a massive 10.5-pound flywheel.

Though incredibly portable, the KICKR Snap has a massive 10.5-pound flywheel (click to enlarge).

8. Wahoo KICKR Snap

While Wahoo’s top-tier KICKR offers impressive software controls and ride quality, their KICKR Snap delivers most of the same features in a more portable — and affordable — package. Though the SNAP has a lower maximum wattage output and accuracy rating than its big brother, it shares the ANT+ and Bluetooth 4.0 compatibility and costs $500 less. | Price: $700 | More info at www.wahoofitness.com

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