The Smart Air is the most advanced trainer Bkool have ever produced and has a number of stand-out technical features, not to mention its looks.
It can simulate gradients up to 20%, and has advanced controls for a realistic user experience. Bkool have made a lot of noise about the lack of noise, claiming the Smart Air is one of the quietest on the planet - it produces only 41 decibels at 35km/h, and 51 decibels at 50km/h.
The Smart Air also allows for a side-to-side rocking motion, first seen on Kurt Kinetic's Rock and Roll trainer, and the built-in power meter is accurate up to 2000 watts. It's ANT+ and Bluetooth Smart compatible so you can link it up with all your favourite indoor training apps and feed data through your GPS head unit too. Bkool say set-up is super easy and you can just plug and go, with no need for calibration.
Bkool's latest foldable, wheel-on trainer is a little louder (68db at 35km/h, yet still quieter than an average conversation apparently) but a more portable and less expensive option than the Smart Air, weighing in at less than 11kg. It has a power limit of 1,200 watts, is adjustable to fit any wheel from 20-29" and has a similarly easy set-up with no calibration needed.
The Smart Pro 2 is available to buy now at £499, while the Smart Air can be reserved for an expected October delivery with a price of £1,099 - this also includes a free three-month subscription to Bkool's premium Simulator training app.
Arriving at road.cc in 2017 via 220 Triathlon Magazine, Jack dipped his toe in most jobs on the site and over at eBikeTips before being named the new editor of road.cc in 2020, much to his surprise. His cycling life began during his students days, when he cobbled together a few hundred quid off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story) and bought his first road bike - a Trek 1.1 that was quickly relegated to winter steed, before it was sadly pinched a few years later. Creatively replacing it with a Trek 1.2, Jack mostly rides this bike around local cycle paths nowadays, but when he wants to get the racer out and be competitive his preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking - the latter being another long story.