Keep going during winter with these turbo trainers

Beat the cold wet weather and get focused on winter training from the warmth of your own home. The benefits of training on a turbo trainer are not to be underestimated. You’ll be able to get some solid training sessions done even when the elements aren’t to your liking.

There are many turbo trainers to choose from, most will get the job done, but you’ll want a smart trainer that can be connected to a computer or tablet for a more visually motivating and engaging experience.

Take a look at our turbo trainer buyer’s guide below to see what we recommend.

Cycle Ops Classic Fluid 2 Trainer

Cycle Ops Classic Fluid 2 Trainer

What they say

Better health. Faster splits. More me-time. Whatever your goals may be, the Fluid² helps you get the most out of each indoor training ride. The large, precision-balanced flywheel (with patented fan design) lets you easily customize each ride simply by shifting gears, just as you would outside. This design also helps keep your Fluid² working better – longer. And thanks to our built-to-last manufacturing process, the Fluid² can help you conquer one goal after the next.

Key specifications

  • PowerTuned for optimal road-like feel.
  • Fluid resistance unit provides a quiet and consistent ride.
  • Noise level at 20 mph is super quiet 64-68 decibels.
  • Large, individually precision-balanced flywheel allows for improved road-like feel.
  • Self-cooling mechanisms including a patented fan design keeps the unit performing better, longer.

Our verdict

If you’re looking for your first trainer and are not wanting to spend a small fortune, give this a go. The Cycle Ops Fluid 2 is a good quality standard trainer to keep you going throughout winter.

Where to buy

Price

£219.00

From

Ribble

Price correct at time of publishing.

Bkool Pro2 Smart Turbo Trainer

Bkool Pro2 Smart Turbo Trainer

What they say

Introducing the Bkool Pro2 Smart Trainer, the second generation of the Bkool Smart Pro but even quieter with a re-designed fan cover. It features a spectacular design that blends its trademark black with fluorescent yellow, with this the upgrades go even further with a more modern and stylish design of the resistance unit and ventilation system. The trainer also features a new quick release system allowing the adjustment of wider hubs to accommodate all wheel sizes, whether you’re a roadie or mountain range cyclist, this trainer will do the job perfectly.

Key specifications

  • Frame: Foldable design – disassembly into two pieces
  • Resistance levels: Up to 1,200W, 20% slope maximum
  • Resistance: Smart resistance control – Inertia simulation
  • Wheel sizes: Adjustable to any wheel size (20″-29″)
  • Extra Features: Noise level: 68 dB at 35 kph
  • Weight: 12Kg

Our verdict

The Bkool Pro2 Smart trainer offers an interactive indoor training experience for a very good price. The Bkool software makes riding indoors a lot more fun and is compatible with Zwift, TrainerRoad and many other training apps.

Where to buy

Price

£449.99

Price correct at time of publishing.

Elite Direto Direct Drive Smart B Trainer

Elite Direto Direct Drive Smart B

What they say

The Elite Direto FE-C Direct Drive Trainer, is the Drivo’s lean, mean baby brother! The Direto takes the class-leading technology first seen on the Drivo and offers it in a simplified package. No vague power calculations here; the Direto uses a proper integrated OTS (Optical Torque Sensor) power meter for accuracy never before seen on a FE-C trainer at this price point. This version uses just 1 laser sensor compared to the 2 found on the Drivo and Kura, but this still results in an independently certified accuracy of 2.5%, twice as accurate as the competition.

Key specifications

  • Simulates challenging slopes, up to 14%, with a 1400 Watt power output at a 40 km/h speed
  • Compatible with: Zwift, TrainerRoad, The Sufferfest
  • Integrated OTS (Optical Torque Sensor) power meter, which measures power with +/- 2,5% accuracy
  • Easy set-up and zero tyre wear or slippage

Our verdict

The Elit Direto is a direct drive trainer. This means you take your rear wheel off and mount the bike to it saving on tyre wear and reducing slippage when putting power down. It’s still expensive but the direct drive trainers are worth every penny if you’re looking at spending good time training indoors.

Where to buy

Price

£749.99

From

ProBikeKit

Price correct at time of publishing.

Wahoo KICKR Smart Turbo Trainer

Wahoo KICKR Smart Turbo Trainer

What they say

The Wahoo KICKR Smart Turbo Trainer is the official trainer of Team Sky, producing the ultimate training experience. Its high inertia flywheel is engineered to replicate the feel of riding outside. KICKR is compatible with Zwift & TrainerRoad.

Key specifications

  • Direct Drive mount
  • 2,000W Power
  • Robust steel construction
  • Max. 20% incline
  • 12×142 & 12×148 thru axle compatibility
  • Bluetooth Smart, ANT+ and FE-CCompatible with 3rd party apps
  • Fits wheel sizes: 24″, 650c, 700c, 26″, 27.5″, 29″
  • Flywheel weight: 5.7kg

Our verdict

This really is one of the best trainers you can get. Quiet, super responsive and accurate. The unit is on the heavy side, but incredibly stable. If you’re serious about indoor training then you can’t go wrong with the Wahoo Kickr.

Where to buy

Price

£999.00

From

Wiggle

Price correct at time of publishing.

Tacx Neo Direct Drive Smart Trainer

Tacx Neo Direct Drive Smart Trainer

What they say

This Tacx Neo Direct Drive Smart Trainer offers the very best in power and intelligence whilst also being able to boast that it is the quietest indoor trainer currently available on the market. Road feel is simulated in a highly realistic manner via the Tacx Neo Direct Drive Smart Trainer and impressively, there is no loss of power.

Key specifications

  • Skyliner block included
  • Suitable for training with apps on Tablet, Smartphone etc
  • Can be used with a PC, but optional with the purchase of their Upgrade Smart kit
  • The freehub body (10/11 speed) is universal so you can install a Shimano or Campagnolo cassette
  • No high speed running noise and no vibration ensures the Neo is truly the worlds quietest trainer!
  • Clamp the rear stay into the trainer just as you would a wheel
  • Max resistance 2500 watts
  • Totally stable with a foldable construction

Our verdict

Having tested the Neo a few weeks back we can honestly say this really is as good as the price might suggest. As quiet as a smart trainer can be, well built and has everything you could want from an indoor trainer.

Where to buy

Price

£1124.99

Price correct at time of publishing.