Recommend me a Turbo Trainer

by dogthomson   September 3, 2013  

Hi all

I'm looking to buy a turbo trainer to get some training in during winter. Can anyone recommend a decent one for a budget of £150 max?
I like the look (and the price) of the Elite Mag Speed Alu Trainer on Wiggle, which has some good user reviews but got a bit of a panning in Bikeradar's review.

Any thoughts/recommendations welcome.

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BTW bot bothered about noise as it'll be set up in the garage where I can huff and puff to my heart's content without having to worry about the missus!

posted by dogthomson [3 posts]
3rd September 2013 - 7:40

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Have a look at the Cycleops Magneto. Very solidly built and not stupidly expensive. I've had mine a couple of years and reckon it'll last me a lifetime.

posted by chris75018 [101 posts]
3rd September 2013 - 8:28

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I would suggest picking one that is listed on trainerroad.com - take a look yourself, but basically it uses the claibration of known turbos to simulate training with a power meter. This is worth having so that you can add variety when you get bored. There are plenty listed, so you shouldn't have too much of a problem. I think mine is the Elite Chronomag gel, which I believe is currently in the region of £160, and seems decent.

Oh, and budget a few quid extra for a couple of sufferfest videos. They're mental.

In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice, but in practice...

posted by notfastenough [3710 posts]
3rd September 2013 - 13:37

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+1 on trainerroad compatibility. That's the difference for me between it gathering dust and being used 3+ times per week.

I use it with a Kurt Kinetic Road Machine and DVD box sets that I am only allowed to watch while on the turbo. If you have the budget, DCRainmaker rates the Wahoo Kickr highly:

http://www.dcrainmaker.com/2013/03/fitness-trainer-review.html

posted by pwmedcraft [25 posts]
3rd September 2013 - 15:09

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+2 for TrainerRoad, their training plans have been really good at increasing my FTP and having numbers on screen is just cool.

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posted by Dr.Galactus [18 posts]
3rd September 2013 - 15:46

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