Gutted I missed this , I have been looking for a smart trainer the last few days :(
All Turbo Trainer Discounts, Offers and Sale - August 2018
How exactly is this the "Best Value" turbo trainer compared to say a £50 one ? Genuinely interested to know what makes it "Best Value"
Thanks bought. 12 months interest free credit too!
Cool, I might give it a go - I have a Tacx Booster which is getting way past its best and as usual with anything to do with bikes the urge is to trade up...
You'll need to buy a bike to put on the top of it too. Oh, and a spare cassette too
Sorry, I'm not sure about the Hammer's noise, but I can honestly say that I wake up at 6am most mornings to use the Direto and it doesn't wake up my girlfriend in the adjacent room.
You know the rules. If you have a better deal, link to it.
HOT HOT HOT. 3 camels says this is the lowest price by about £35. I've certainly never seen it this low anywhere. If only I had the spare cash ;(
Cheaper at Halford's today if you have British Cycling Membership. 10% off on top of the 10% today only discount.
Post was correct, deal is still on today.
Just been checking the Wayback Machine and it was £200-220 for much of last year, £190 at Christmas and then they sold ten for £160 on their eBay store in one day at the end of January (although you can't return to store if buying from them on eBay). So this does seem like a decent deal if you can get further discount through work or British Cycling.
Yeah I've been looking into the Vortex prices on eBay etc. Not sure I'd feel the benefit of the better spec, and would rather have the comfort of a 2-year warranty and ability to take it back to the shop I think.
Really good deal but would say you can pick up a used vortex (not some people's cup of tea) for the same.. bit higher spec.
@grumpyturnip Zwift won't control the resistance. You'll need a smart trainer with ant+ or Bluetooth connectivity. I got the tacx flow which you can get for around £200 at times works well with zwift. Here it is in Halfords plus 10% British cycling discount too. Tacx flow
Are these Zwift compatible?
The Novo Smart is excellent for a budget trainer - sure, it's not a Neo or a Kickr but it's much better than the price suggests and at this price it's a bargain. Zwift is so much more fun than on a dumb trainer. The built in cadence sensor on it is rubbish though, get a dedicated sensor if you're doing something that needs it.
Annoyingly reserved for click and collect, to be phoned an hour later to be told it’s gone.
Sounds good. Although one advantage of decathlon is a 2yr warranty rather than Halfords 1yr. May be worth the extra few quid.
If you're a BC member, it works out at £180 at Halfords, and may be easier for returns if needed. If not, Decathlon is cheaper.
plus british cycling member gets 10% off, on top of that.
It’s not a smart trainer. You need something like this, much better for interactive stuff like zwift etc https://www.decathlon.co.uk/flow-smart-t2240-turbo-trainer-800-watts-id_8345488.html
glad i ordered yesterday as its now back to £1099 and code dont work now .
great find OP and heat added .. will be getting this on 0% fiance with Tredz themselves .
£350 off the RRP and still cold? To all the bike haters who could buy 2 second-hand MOT failure cars for this price, this will keep the cyclist off "YOUR" roads, mainly during the winter months of course. Thanks OP, great find.
Excellent price, #1 turbo trainer, just wish I had the spare cash
Thanks for posting this. Being honest, although I'd love one, I couldn't justify it and bought a Tacx Flow for £180 (£20 off at Halfords for BC membership - always a good one to remember). I don't suppose it's a patch on the expensive ones, but it's good enough for me :) Still, seems a good deal to me.
What upsets me, is the people voting cold probably have no idea what it is.
good to see the 'pro' postings even if the voting has followed the usual pattern for anything more than a 2p toilet roll :) Great first post.. (y)
Nice price,wasted on the voting masses tho,heat given
https://www.dcrainmaker.com/2017/09/elite-direto-trainer-in-depth-review.html Really tempted , seems like the best in this price range and even punch's above its weight towards the higher range of direct drive trainers. Decisions decisions.
It’s fine for basic training but even £1000 trainers breakdown and it’s cheaper to buy new again. If you use British Cycling and gift cards, you could get it New in store for £83 ish.
You don’t need a heart rate sensor for Zwift. The minimum you need is a speed sensor and a basic trainer. If it’s one of the recognised basic trainers, then they can estimate your power output (and thus game speed) based on the slope of the trainer. The next step up is a trainer such as a Satori Smart, that broadcasts your power to Zwift wirelessly. This is a “smart” trainer, but it isn’t controllable by Zwift. This is a similar experience to a basic trainer, and a power meter on the bike. After this, you start to look at truly smart trainers. These are controllable by Zwift, so as you “climb” a virtual hill, they increase the resistance. Entry level ones include the Tacx Flow Smart and the Elite B+ that has been listed in this site recently. After this the trainer don’t really change much. The more you pay, the more accurate they are, or the higher slope they can simulate. (The a Tacx Flow can only simulate up to 6% for example). The only other difference is a wheel off or Direct Drive trainer, such as the Wahoo Kickr or Tacx Neo. These are top of the line, and each has its own perks.
Yes it will but to get the best experience you will need a heart rate sensor, if you already have a trainer just buy sensors for your bike and you are done.
Not that smart I am afraid, just a basic trainer with some sensors.
Will this work with zwift? Never used it before but like the idea of it...
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. https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01N4QZY7C/ 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..
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.
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!
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
Halfords price matched in store. (y)
I would rather hire a trainer for this money.
Yeah, definitely worth getting the cycling membership or Toyota/Ford owner's club deal if they still do that
If you click through, it's gone up to £950 (same as this one)
Yeah really nice price on this. Had the Flux which had issues then got this instead. Biggest difference between this and Flux is how the bike moves under you on the NEO. Feels more natural. The Flux really fixes the bike and it won't sway. That said, Flux is excellent too and is more than enough for anyone. I loved it and would have kept it if I didn't get unlucky with the grinding noise problem. Super stable, quiet and looked class. In terms of power accuracy, the NEO actually measures power, whereas the Flux calculates it. Both methods seem on point though so don't worry about that.
I wish I had that motivation. (y) (y) 🎅🎅
Picked mine up today, only took 5 mins to set up and gave me a good workout
Agreed. Selfish products are best avoided.
I agree. The least the product could do is unbox itself.
Obviously the product.
The apps (zwift/trainer road ) seem to use a power curve based on 1 or 2 types of trainer and apply that to the rest. Trainer road uses kinetic...which this is....so I'm happy it'll be more accurate than a mixture if different kit
I don't know about others, but with Zwift you have to enter your trainer type (which is has figures for) and a speed sensor is a speed sensor at the end of the day - there's no real calibration involved. So I wouldn't have thought it would be any more accurate. And setting up a simple speed sensor (I've got seperate Wahoo S & C sensors) is really simple, there's not much fiddling involved. Although they do work better connected via ANT+ than using BT smart and a phone/tablet with Zwift. And we're talking accurate power numbers in the context of something that was never meant to provide them. So my money is that all the options are as accurate as each other (i.e. not that much, but good enough for most.) If you want accuracy with any turbo you really want either one of the higher end Kickr types or a decent power meter. Neither option is cheap. At this end of the spectrum, I'm just saying that the Kinetic 'power meter,' isn't really convincing me that it's any better than the alternatives for turning dumb trainers into smart trainers, so it's worth comparing them all on their other merits as it's a crowded market with plenty of choice (good thing for consumers.)
but even if it is just a speed sensor it'll be calibrated for this trainer and so probably will be more accurate than something you put together yourself... I can only speak from my experience of trying to link odds and ends of kit up.
Truth be told I'm too lazy to look it up, but I doubt that for £60 the bit of kit Kinetic sell that gives you power does in any accurate or meaningful way. My money says it's working the same way that a speed sensor would do. Zwift et al. already use speed sensors to convert wheel speed - when paired to a known trainer - to guesstimate power, and yes, it's inaccurate. Albeit I've found it comparably inaccurate i.e. If you jump on it two days in a row and it says you're putting out 300w each time, you're probably putting out the same amount of power on each occasion - it just won't be 300w. It'll be 250w. Or 350. Or 400. But using the same kit, the numbers seem true to themselves. (That's purely my experience mind, based on RPE/cadence and matched resistance levels.) So it might not be truly accurate as a geniune metric, but for measuring against yourself it's alright. I digress. A proper power meter - which costs a lot, and is usually pedal or crank fitted - can also be used to connect to Zwift etc, and the numbers should indeed be a lot closer. I don't think the Kinetic plug in thing is going to be one of those. And I suspect that it's a glorified speed sensor, so it'll be no more or less accurate than any other dumb trainer connected by dint of a cheap sensor. But I stand ready to be corrected by someone either in the know, or who (unlike me) can be bothered to go and find out.
ok...this is where i find it a bit confusing so correct me if I'm wrong.... If you want to monitor POWER then you ideally want a power meter (which either comes with this or can be fitted on the back...already calibrated and works well from what I gather from reading the reviews ) If you use speed/cadence sensors (I.e not power meter pedals or sensors on the cranks costing £££) then you need to use an app that converts these to power based on a guesstimate of the resistance your trainer generates. A friend who has worked for British cycling told me this way is a lot less accurate.... however....it still gives you something to measure and try to improve on through training....at the end of the day It's all about repeatable effort so i've no real problem with what you've suggested I was just getting frustrated with the inaccurate/fiddly set up and general badness of the Aldi trainer Did my homework and this looks like an accurate/easy/affordable option which will link with my phone.....at a good price for the model (which is the point....right?) plus....it's green
Elite Direto could be had for £590 last time I checked, the very latest smart tech...
Tax Flux are very unreliable though - make sure you get a long warranty...
for same price you could get a winter bike, i bought a turbo trainer while my shoulder was injured, not ridden it since getting back on bike
Avoid. This is dated tech. For the same cash you'll find a Tacx Flux for around the same money during Black Friday.
Don't bother, I order this from Wiggle last week. 1 day late delivery which isn't too bad. Opened up the box and it was missing the tension screw for the roller. After a lost of harassing them by email then by a telephone call they have finally agreed to collect it and credit my money back. The Customer Service is frankly poor, they ignored my emails so I had to ring their insurance branch who then emailed the department who supplied me to get their finger out. I've asked them to remove me off their mailing list as want nothing to do with their poor products or Services.
Don't waste your money, get a fluid one over magnetic maybe it will double the price but it's far quieter and works so much better and may keep you motivated to actually use it . Otherwise it'll end up gathering dus
It looks very uncomfortable to sit on. I can imagine that thin bar getting wedged somewhere (shock)
Very good deal
I have one of these, but to be honest, I struggled to fit my iphone 5 in it, my Samsung S8 won't even come close to fitting.
Great chat up line in the pub......."do y' like my new sweat cover for the mobi?"
Awesome, so hilarious, people reaching down their shirts to use the touchscreen... (excited) (lol) (fierce)
Jeeeezz.... a thong............a sweat cover.... for your smartphone....my mind doth boggle :/
What did u go for buddy?
Don't think.itll drop in my opinion. U a member of British cycling or know someone who can pick it up for you? Saves 10% so paid £198 for it
I've bought another set of wheels off eBay for £40 so will put turbo tyre on it just need to find an 8 speed 11-30 cassette to put on it and then I'm away to go. I was going to get the £105 one as that's smart too but the sensors are attached to bike with electric ties so will need to cut them off but what sold me on the flow is that it adjusts resistance with zwift to mimic climbs. Also need to get ant+ or a dece t Bluetooth connector.
Not yet, I'm being tight-fisted (y) though I am begining to wonder why and getting closer to just biting the bullet instead of wasting time over £20-or so that it might drop. Had a chance to play with it? It looks well worth the money. Deciding between Zwift or Bkool (because i think it works with bkool) would be my next delima.
I've picked up the flow not used it yet. Did u get it?