The indoor training season is upon us, and Zwift rides wait for no one! Here's a short guide to help you navigate our selection of indoor trainers and find the right one to match your riding needs.
Smart Bike Trainers
The newest, loftiest category of indoor trainers are Smart Bike Trainers. Such trainers are a solid investment for the indoor season; they are essentially a new bike that allows your summer ride to kick up their wheels while you switch over to a machine designed and dedicated to providing the ultimate indoor riding experience. They feature an enclosed resistance unit generating less noise, electronic gearing providing perfect shifting and a larger flywheel resulting in smoother resistance whether accelerating, coasting or changing virtual gradients. Fully adjustable to every rider’s proportions, these smart bike trainers allow you to dial in the exact same fit as your road (or aero!) bike, or even experiment with your fit without needing to swap parts.
Stages Bike SB20
The Stages Bike is a top choice for serious cyclists seeking to elevate their indoor training. It offers a built-in phone/tablet stand, front-end USB ports for charging peripherals, and features a Stages dual-sided crankarm powermeter for extremely accurate power output measurement, not to mention a massive 22.7kg flywheel for smooth resistance modulation. The trainer’s step-thru design omits a top-tube, leaving empty space between your knees while riding and offering better sizing and accessibility options for riders of all sizes. Stages also offers a remote shifter set for alternative bar positions, allowing time trialists and triathletes to use their aerobars clamped to the bike’s 31.8mm handlebar.
Direct-Drive Smart Trainers
While complete smart bike trainers replace your primary bike, direct drive trainers remain the best option to use your current bike indoors. These trainers have premium features, build quality and an indoor riding experience to match. Most notably they feature an “ERG” mode, whereby the trainer or a third-party application controls the resistance no matter what speed or cadence you ride at. This allows the trainer to do the thinking and lets you focus on pedalling at own speed, whether that’s getting through an interval or noodling along with friends in a virtual group ride. Some home setups can interfere with the trainer's connectivity however. There's nothing worse than a dropped connection, and with the trainer often the furthest point from a Bluetooth-connected laptop or smart TV, if necessary you can also enable a stronger ANT+ connection using a USB ANT+ antenna.
The classic indoor trainer design. Requiring minimal changes to your current bike to get rolling, these trainers open the door to the world of indoor riding with the lowest tech and cost. Be forewarned, indoor trainer tires are recommended to avoid degradation, and a bike's thru-axle requires specific adapters in order to be mounted properly.
Roller trainers may seem intimidating, but they're actually one of the best ways to simulate riding a bicycle while indoors since you must keep your balance by pedalling! They offer a great ride experience by keeping you (and your core muscles!) engaged.
Not the droids you're looking for?
We hope you’ve found this trainer guide helpful! If not, let us know what you might be looking for and we'll be happy to help. As always, feel free to stop by one of our stores to see the trainers in person or reach out to our staff on the website's LiveChat with any questions.
Happy indoor training!