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  1. Slower than you

    Slower than you Active Member

    Location:
    London
    after an injury and break from the sport, I’ve been told I can start on a turbo trainer now thankfully...

    I bought the Tacx Satori Smart Turbo Trainer to start building up but wondering if perhaps I should return and get the elite qubo digital b+ smart or the kinetic road Machine 2.0 ?

    Does anyone have any tips?
    Thanks
     
  2. Heltor Chasca

    Heltor Chasca Out-Riding the Black Dog

    Also check out the offerings from Wahoo and apps like TrainerRoad.
     
  3. OP
    OP
    Slower than you

    Slower than you Active Member

    Location:
    London
    Ok thanks, it’s more if the manual cord is a bad idea?
     
  4. CXRAndy

    CXRAndy Veteran

    Location:
    Lincs
    A turbo trainer that is smart IE variable resistance with gradient, erg mode feature, True power meter. Will give you an immersive ride on Trainer-Road, Zwift, Bkool, BigRingVR

    That is how I got into indoor training, injury, rehabilitation then indoor (Wahoo Kickr) trainer. In fact I like it so much I do probably 85% of my riding indoors.
     
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  5. Cuchilo

    Cuchilo Prize winning member X2

    Location:
    London
    The smart trainers are good for things like zwift but if you want to use it to do intervals you dont have the ability to adjust the resistance .
     
  6. Aleman

    Aleman Ale Man (BKool)

    Location:
    Blackpool UK
    Trainer Road or Sufferfest then :smile:
     
  7. CXRAndy

    CXRAndy Veteran

    Location:
    Lincs
    That is where having a smart trainer that also has ERG mode. It will set the power level and whatever cadence you choose the resistance will be correct.
     
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  8. Cuchilo

    Cuchilo Prize winning member X2

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    I bet its cheaper to have two turbos than one with ERG mode :eek:
     
  9. OP
    OP
    Slower than you

    Slower than you Active Member

    Location:
    London
    So are we saying the manual resistance is actually better? I’d prefer to spend less but if I’m aleeady spending 200 wondering if should pay an extra 80 for the resistance.
     
    Last edited: 7 Jan 2018
  10. CXRAndy

    CXRAndy Veteran

    Location:
    Lincs
    Virtually all Smart trainers that are variable resistance with simulator have ERG aswell.
    It really depends on what type of training you plan to do and continue to do.

    If you just want to spend 30mins turning your legs over in the garage with no interactive involvement, get the cheapest wheel on turbo

    If you plan to ride on the likes of Zwift, TrainerRoad. Get the best Trainer Kickr, Neo, Drivio. That way it will adjust to gradients have proper power reading and ERG. The gradient adjust will feel very road like. The graphics and other riders will drive you onto pushing harder for longer.

    Zwift has everything, racing,social, solo, training plans and enough to ride for multi hours
     
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  11. Cuchilo

    Cuchilo Prize winning member X2

    Location:
    London
    It depends what you want the turbo for . I had a manual one but bought a smart trainer to use with zwift . It was when i tried doing intervals while on zwift i realized it wasnt going to work . Trying to do 150rpm while zwift takes you up hill is very hard work :laugh:
     
  12. CXRAndy

    CXRAndy Veteran

    Location:
    Lincs
    Trainer road would suit you more for specific drills. Saying that choosing the right course on Zwift will help when doing their training plans, like Richmond or London loops
     
  13. Cuchilo

    Cuchilo Prize winning member X2

    Location:
    London
    I guess you could always not plug the smart trainer in and use the bikes gears to adjust the resistance .
     
  14. OP
    OP
    Slower than you

    Slower than you Active Member

    Location:
    London
    Thanks everyone. This is really helpful... I’m having trouble choosing beteeen the tacx satori, elite qubo digital b+ smart and lastly the kinetic road machine 2.0?

    my wife thinks to get satori and only upgrade if I find it’s worthwhile...
     
    Last edited: 7 Jan 2018
  15. Cuchilo

    Cuchilo Prize winning member X2

    Location:
    London
    The Satori isnt fully smart , its just bluetooth so you will have to do the resistance manually . You would be better off with the flow ( i have both ) The Satori will work with zwift ( and others i guess ) but you wont get the full zwift experience .
    Looks like the flow is on sale again at Halfords http://www.halfords.com/cycling/turbo-trainers/trainers/tacx-flow-t2240-smart-turbo-trainer