Elite Novo Smart Turbo Trainer (2-Way / interactive for Zwift, etc) £147 @ CycleRepublic
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Elite Novo Smart Turbo Trainer (2-Way / interactive for Zwift, etc) £147 @ CycleRepublic

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Found 25th Jan
I've been very close to buying the Elite Novo Smart Turbo Trainer from Halfords lately at £180 (reduced from an RRP £270). As far as I've been able to find, at £180 it was already the cheapest fully interactive Smart trainer available in the UK, and it has good reviews too. The Novo Smart is an exclusive model to Halfords (Tacx do the same) which is reported to use the resistance unit from the very popular Qubo Digital Smart B+ attached to a Novo frame. For one-way smart trainers that don't control the resistance from an app (like Zwift, etc) there are options at around £100, but as far as I know nothing anywhere near this for a two-way smart trainer. Full specs in the link.

Today I noticed there's 10% off that price, and it's down to £162. Brilliant deal itself, but it's also the same price now at Cycle Republic (Halfords owned), and if you buy it from there as a new customer you get £15 off orders of over £100 (automatically applied in the checkout). Free delivery too - mine's arriving tomorrow.

That brings it down to £147 for a well reviewed fully interactive Smart trainer, nearly half the price of what's usually considered to be the cheapest respectable option, the Elite Qubo Digital Smart B+.
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Nice to see that more people are using Zwift, especially now that running is in beta mode too.

Heat added, good price.
I've heard a few stories on some cycling sites about the accuracy of the Elite Qubo Digital Smart B+.

Looking on the Zwift support forum, there are quite a few people that have irregular power numbers.

Decent for an entry interactive start to Zwift, but I don't know how great it will be for workouts and training.

(I have a Tacx Flow Smart and a 4iii power meter, and have seen how out of wack lower trainers can be when not calibrated properly.)
Just a thought, but in future we could all have these and hook them up to the Grid to produce power, might help somewhere. Heat added as I am looking around for one of these.
reindeer33310 h, 48 m ago

Nice to see that more people are using Zwift, especially now that running …Nice to see that more people are using Zwift, especially now that running is in beta mode too.Heat added, good price.


I think they will lose a lot of members when the price goes up 50%.

This looks very interesting, and it's great to see competition.....


dcrainmaker.com/2018/01/first-look-virtugo-trainer-app.html
Edited by: "trickytree1984" 26th Jan
trickytree198430 m ago

I think they will lose a lot of members when the price goes up 50%. This …I think they will lose a lot of members when the price goes up 50%. This looks very interesting, and it's defeat to see competition.....dcrainmaker.com/2018/01/first-look-virtugo-trainer-app.html


Ah did not realise there was going to be a price rise!

Thanks, will take a read.
reindeer33344 m ago

Ah did not realise there was going to be a price rise!Thanks, will take a …Ah did not realise there was going to be a price rise!Thanks, will take a read.


62% price increase frozen for existing subscribers until December. If you are like me though, you don't subscribe all year, only in the winter, so i'm no longer an "existing user" and lose my grandfathered price plan.

road.cc/con…nth
Mine's just arrived. Will be a while before I get around to setting it up but it comes with both an instruction manual for the Novo frame, and one for the Digital Smart B+ resistance unit, so that does indicate that the description of what this Halfords-exclusive model is is accurate. Comes with 2 months subscription to Sufferfest free and 12 months of the Elite training app.
Been staring at this picture for a while and still dont have a f*****g clue what it is
Thanks for posting. Looks tempting.
But swift price hike is bad news. Might stick to YouTube training with GCN. In which case there is no point in switching to smart.
Still tempted.
kieran7777748 m ago

Been staring at this picture for a while and still dont have a f*****g …Been staring at this picture for a while and still dont have a f*****g clue what it is


Back wheel of your bike sits in it onto some rollers. Think of it as an exercise bike, expect you use your own bike.
There are certain programs which you can run with it that will adjust the resistance when going up hill. Check out Zwift
basergorkobal4 m ago

Thanks for posting. Looks tempting. But swift price hike is bad news. …Thanks for posting. Looks tempting. But swift price hike is bad news. Might stick to YouTube training with GCN. In which case there is no point in switching to smart. Still tempted.


Is £12/Month really that big of a deal.. Cost double, even three times that to join a decent GYM.
I dont the price hike will affect most people at all.

I guess it would depend on how much you use it.
Edited by: "BB93" 26th Jan
BB9325 m ago

Is £12/Month really that big of a deal.. Cost double, even three times …Is £12/Month really that big of a deal.. Cost double, even three times that to join a decent GYM.I dont the price hike will affect most people at all.I guess it would depend on how much you use it.


You're right. It's still affordable. And if that allows them to keep developing the content then I'd be happy to subscribe for the winter months. At current prices I might continue with my subscription throughout the year. At £13/ month I will do 4 maybe 5 months to get me over the worst part of winter.
Do you have to have this Zwift? Or can you just use it through your iPhone?
As I understand, to use Zwift you either need a smart turbo trainer like this or a regular turbo trainer fitted with a device (speed sensor/power meter) that's capable of transmitting the relevant data to the app, by Ant+ or bluetooth. If you use the latter it won't adjust the resistance of the trainer according to the gradient of the course.

Reading the question back, maybe I misunderstood and the question was do you need to have Zwift to use this trainer, which you definitely don't.
Edited by: "Fatal.Swan" 26th Jan
can these be used with a brompton as a space saving exercise bike? or is that a stupid idea?
IamChris26th Jan

can these be used with a brompton as a space saving exercise bike? or is …can these be used with a brompton as a space saving exercise bike? or is that a stupid idea?


Rear wheel needs to be between 24" and 29", so no, though it seems some brands of trainer make adapters for use with small wheels: chainreactioncycles.com/kin…625
Fatal.Swan1 m ago

Rear wheel needs to be between 24" and 29", so no, though it seems some …Rear wheel needs to be between 24" and 29", so no, though it seems some brands of trainer make adapters for use with small wheels: http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/kinetic-small-wheel-adaptor-mk-i-trainer/rp-prod137625


thanks for the info, I'll do a little research
Halfords price matched in store.
I was toying with the idea of a turbo trainer for some time. This does seem to be a decent spec model with the addition of smart features.

For £147 I had to take the plunge

Thanks OP
BB9310 h, 30 m ago

Is £12/Month really that big of a deal.. Cost double, even three times …Is £12/Month really that big of a deal.. Cost double, even three times that to join a decent GYM.I dont the price hike will affect most people at all.I guess it would depend on how much you use it.


You can do a lot more in the gym... it’s just that when you add up all the little costs per month they really stack up (gym, Zwift, Strava Premium, Spotify, phone contracts, Sky TV, utilities, insurances, etc.). So capping those and keeping them in check is worthwhile. Zwift used to be a lot less money so they still get good revenue, just seems like an unreasonable increase when you are supplying the hardware too!
Got one today (got it from Halfords, as I get 10% off through work) - did a quick ride on Zwift and loved it. I've used basic turbo trainers before, but it was such a weird (but fun!) feeling when the resistance adjusts automatically going uphill.

It's never going to compare to a direct drive unit but for the money you can't go wrong.
I got this from Halfords at the 180 price. I am really pleased with it. That is a great price!

You will need the ant+ dongle, see the halfords reviews. It works without the dongle - with bluetooth but doesn't give accurate(r) readings.

I got the anydroid dongle from amazon and works great with my Mac.
amazon.co.uk/gp/…7C/

Zwift is £12.99 PM btw once you go so far. TheSufferFest is cheaper but requires payment upfront.. I haven't tried it yet.

The app that the trainer comes with is really weird..
Edited by moderator: "trimmed link" 29th Jan
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