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Best Turbo Trainers of 2019

Heading out on the bike isn’t always practical so using an indoor trainer means you can keep up the miles without risking bike or limb in the slush of heavy rains or unpredictability of icy roads. If you’re new to this realm of training, or you want to know more about different types of turbo trainer, then you’re in the right place.

Like most areas of modern cycling, the indoor trainer is full of technological advances, giving you a sometimes bewildering range of options to suit how you train. With different mechanisms of resistance, LED feedback, speed and cadence sensors, and wireless connectivity to online riding software, there’s never been a better time to hit the turbo trainer.

Choosing the best one for you means balancing your budget with the varying advantages of different setups and the sort of experience you’re looking for. So below, we take a look at the different types of trainers, their main advantages, and some of the best on offer.

  • Six top reasons to use a turbo trainer

    If you’re jumping into the world of indoor training and need a few incentives to get involved, here are our top six:

    1. 1. It allows you to build your base fitness when the weather’s rubbish, or conditions are too dangerous to ride
    2. 2. With modern interactive software, it’s actually fun!
    3. 3. You can get the miles in quickly and easily when you’re time-strapped
    4. 4. It’ll save you wearing out expensive parts on your bike outdoors in the grime and wet
    5. 5. You don’t have to clean and lube your bike like you would be doing outdoors
    6. 6. Structured plans allow you to prepare in a controlled setting for your outdoor rides
  • What do I need to start turbo training?

    Providing you have a road or mountain bike, all you need to start turbo training is one of the many turbo trainers available plus any accessories that’ll make the whole experience more enjoyable.

    Other things to consider include:

    • • Space to fit the bike and turbo trainer
    • • Electricity power if your turbo needs it
    • • A Wi-Fi connection if you’re going to use a smart trainer
    • • A towel to wipe away the sweat (there’ll be sweat!)
    • • A fan to cool you down
    • • A tablet/laptop/phone to connect to online training software
  • Which turbo trainer is best for me?

    To get the most out of your turbo training sessions, we’d always recommend getting the best turbo trainer you can afford.

    A smart turbo trainer is the most immersive and fun way to experience an indoor ride, seamlessly connecting to online platforms like Zwift and reacting instantly to your virtual world. If your budget won’t stretch to a smart trainer and you’re dipping your toes into the turbo training world then an entry level magnetic turbo trainer or mid-range fluid turbo trainer may be better. We’ve picked our favourites below.

  • What’s a smart turbo trainer?

    Smart trainers have dramatically improved indoor cycle training, allowing you to link your turbo trainer with your computer, smartphone, or tablet providing a gateway to an online world of competition and exhilaration on the likes of Zwift, VirtuGO or TrainerRoad, recreating all the dynamics of an outdoor ride while providing a virtual simulation of your session in real time.

    For example, when you approach a virtual hill, it gets harder to pedal. When you ride over cobbles, certain models of smart trainer will vibrate to simulate the effect of cobbles in the real world!

  • If you’re jumping into the world of indoor training and need a few incentives to get involved, here are our top six:

    1. 1. It allows you to build your base fitness when the weather’s rubbish, or conditions are too dangerous to ride
    2. 2. With modern interactive software, it’s actually fun!
    3. 3. You can get the miles in quickly and easily when you’re time-strapped
    4. 4. It’ll save you wearing out expensive parts on your bike outdoors in the grime and wet
    5. 5. You don’t have to clean and lube your bike like you would be doing outdoors
    6. 6. Structured plans allow you to prepare in a controlled setting for your outdoor rides


  • Providing you have a road or mountain bike, all you need to start turbo training is one of the many turbo trainers available plus any accessories that’ll make the whole experience more enjoyable.

    Other things to consider include:

    • • Space to fit the bike and turbo trainer
    • • Electricity power if your turbo needs it
    • • A Wi-Fi connection if you’re going to use a smart trainer
    • • A towel to wipe away the sweat (there’ll be sweat!)
    • • A fan to cool you down
    • • A tablet/laptop/phone to connect to online training software


  • To get the most out of your turbo training sessions, we’d always recommend getting the best turbo trainer you can afford.

    A smart turbo trainer is the most immersive and fun way to experience an indoor ride, seamlessly connecting to online platforms like Zwift and reacting instantly to your virtual world. If your budget won’t stretch to a smart trainer and you’re dipping your toes into the turbo training world then an entry level magnetic turbo trainer or mid-range fluid turbo trainer may be better. We’ve picked our favourites below.

  • Smart trainers have dramatically improved indoor cycle training, allowing you to link your turbo trainer with your computer, smartphone, or tablet providing a gateway to an online world of competition and exhilaration on the likes of Zwift, VirtuGO or TrainerRoad, recreating all the dynamics of an outdoor ride while providing a virtual simulation of your session in real time.

    For example, when you approach a virtual hill, it gets harder to pedal. When you ride over cobbles, certain models of smart trainer will vibrate to simulate the effect of cobbles in the real world!



These are some of the best smart turbo options available. Packed with the technology to replicate real world racing and training as faithfully as possible, they are built to handle the power of competitive riders. Their possibilities are limited only by the software which continues to improve by the day. Here are our top picks for 2019:

Tacx Neo 2

Probably the best direct drive smart trainer out there, the class-leading Neo 2 offers a super silent ride with unrivalled road feel and performance.

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Wahoo KICKR Core

An almost silent trainer offering great connectivity and a mid-range price tag. It's limited to a max incline of 16% and max wattage of 1,8000 but unless you're a pro you'll be ok with this.

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Elite Volano Direct Drive B+

A value-for-money direct drive smart turbo which is 100% wireless - perfect if you have no access to power. Can also be folded easily for transportation.

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Wahoo KICKR

Wahoo's top-of-the range trainer, the KICKR Smart is stable, easy to set up, super quiet and has a relatively small footprint, so doesn't take up too much room.

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Tacx Flux S Direct Drive

A wallet-friendly version of the top-end Neo, the Flux is stable, quiet, offers a realistic ride feel and is easy to connect to online training software. It doesn't fold down, so not ideal if floor space is a premium.

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CycleOps H2 Direct Drive

The H2 is a futuristic direct-drive unit from CycleOps. It's capable of immense power, simulating up to 20% inclines all while remaining library-quiet, even at peak intensity. And with its smooth lines and funky design it'll look great in any modern home.

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Turbo training is for everyone and with quality smart-enabled trainers for less than £300, even you can get involved with the online racing world right now.

Tacx Vortex

Offering incredible value is just the start of the Tacx Vortex's variety of virtues. Incorporating many of the precision sensors of top-end trainers, it can generate up to 950 watts of resistance for a wild online training session.

More Info ►

Tacx Bushido

An excellent wheel-on trainer which balances performance and price to give a quiet and interactive riding experience.

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Bkool Smart Pro II

This lightweight wheel-on trainer is easy to set up and comes with its own interactive simulator, as well as being compatible with other online software.

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LifeLine TT-02 Fluid

The robust Lifeline TT-02 is supported by Zwift who have configured its power curve to provide accurate feedback when combined with a speed and cadence sensor and ANT+ stick, giving you an incredible online experience.

More Info ►

Tacx Satori Smart T2400

Adjust the power curve of this super portable unit manually from the bars, so you can train online anywhere - even without a power source. This makes it ideal for warm ups or downs on the move while it comes fitted with all essential sensors.

More Info ►

Elite Qubo Digital Smart B+

Hugely powerful, the Elite Qubo Digital Smart B+ is ideal for developing you power and sprinting ability with eight resistance levels, withstanding a maximum sprint effort at 60km/h with a power output of 1,420 Watts.

More Info ►
See all trainers under £300



With just a few accessories, you can turn your pain cave into an immersive experience, motivating you to jump on the trainer at every opportunity.

It doesn’t take much to achieve an awesome set-up, allowing you to focus and have fun as you blast through your favourite routes on VirtuGO, Trainer Road, or Zwift.

And if you’ve already got a basic trainer, then you’re just a few sensors away from upgrading it to a ‘Smart’ set-up, giving you the keys to the exciting online training and racing arena.

The key items to get in place are:

  1. 1. Turbo training mat – this keeps your trainer steady as you put down the power, and mops up sweat.
  2. 2. Riser block – trainers raise the back wheel a little, so you need a stable platform for the front.
  3. 3. Training table – a perfect plinth for your device, water, and energy bars.
  4. 4. Sweat net – stop sweat from falling into your bike’s components.
  5. 5. Training wheel – don’t wear out your road tyres indoors, use robust training rubber instead.
  6. 6. Skewer – with some turbos, you might need to add a quick release trainer skewer to get hooked up.

Upgrading an existing trainer is easy, all you need to add is a speed sensor to detect your speed, a cadence sensor (optional but recommended) to analyse your pedalling, and an ANT+ USB stick which will ‘talk’ to your device, relaying your real-world performance. Once all that is in order, all you need is a device compatible with your preferred online training platform and a subscription.

LifeLine Trainer Table

The LifeLine Trainer Table is height adjustable and will comfortably support your training device, refreshments and nutrition as you tackle your stationary workout.

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Tacx USB ANT+ Antenna

This USB dongle connects wirelessly to Android devices and PCs, relaying all the data from your speed, cadence, and power sensors to your training platform.

More Info ►

Tacx Sweat Cover

The sweat cover protects your smartphone from falling perspiration while giving you full access while on the bike.

More Info ►

Wahoo KICKR Trainer Mat

Water resistant and anti-slip, the Wahoo KICKR Trainer Mat steadies your trainer as you smash those inclines. It's also thick enough to vastly reduce noise from your machine, giving you the platform to push hard.

More Info ►

LifeLine ANT+ USB Stick

The LifeLine ANT+ USB stick is the popular choice of cyclists to connect with a huge range of devices. The standard tool for converting your trainer to a 'Smart' set-up, the LifeLine unit is fast and reliable.

More Info ►

LifeLine Speed & Cadence Sensor

Data is the key to improvement and your gateway to online training. LifelLine's Speed and Cadence Sensor is compatible with ANT+ receivers and mounts discretely on your chainstay, cranks, and spokes.

More Info ►
See all turbo trainer accessories


  • These are some of the best smart turbo options available. Packed with the technology to replicate real world racing and training as faithfully as possible, they are built to handle the power of competitive riders. Their possibilities are limited only by the software which continues to improve by the day. Here are our top picks for 2019:

    Tacx Neo 2

    Probably the best direct drive smart trainer out there, the class-leading Neo 2 offers a super silent ride with unrivalled road feel and performance.

    More Info ►

    Wahoo KICKR Core

    An almost silent trainer offering great connectivity and a mid-range price tag. It's limited to a max incline of 16% and max wattage of 1,8000 but unless you're a pro you'll be ok with this

    More Info ►

    Elite Volano Direct Drive B+

    A value-for-money direct drive smart turbo which is 100% wireless - perfect if you have no access to power. Can also be folded easily for transportation.

    More Info ►

    Wahoo KICKR

    Wahoo's top-of-the range trainer, the KICKR Smart is stable, easy to set up, super quiet and has a relatively small footprint, so doesn't take up too much room.

    More Info ►

    Tacx Flux S Direct Drive

    A wallet-friendly version of the top-end Neo, the Flux is stable, quiet, offers a realistic ride feel and is easy to connect to online training software. It doesn't fold down, so not ideal if floor space is a premium.

    More Info ►

    CycleOps H2 Direct Drive

    The H2 is a futuristic direct-drive unit from CycleOps. It's capable of immense power, simulating up to 20% inclines all while remaining library-quiet, even at peak intensity. And with its smooth lines and funky design it'll look great in any modern home.

    More Info ►
  • See all turbo trainers


  • Turbo training is for everyone and with quality smart-enabled trainers for less than £300, even you can get involved with the online racing world right now.

    Tacx Vortex

    Offering incredible value is just the start of the Tacx Vortex's variety of virtues. Incorporating many of the precision sensors of top-end trainers, it can generate up to 950 watts of resistance for a wild online training session.

    More Info ►

    Tacx Bushido

    An excellent wheel-on trainer which balances performance and price to give a quiet and interactive riding experience.

    More Info ►

    Bkool Smart Pro II

    This lightweight wheel-on trainer is easy to set up and comes with its own interactive simulator, as well as being compatible with other online software.

    More Info ►

    LifeLine TT-02 Fluid

    The robust Lifeline TT-02 is supported by Zwift who have configured its power curve to provide accurate feedback when combined with a speed and cadence sensor and ANT+ stick, giving you an incredible online experience.

    More Info ►

    Tacx Satori Smart T2400

    Adjust the power curve of this super portable unit manually from the bars, so you can train online anywhere - even without a power source. This makes it ideal for warm ups or downs on the move while it comes fitted with all essential sensors.

    More Info ►

    Elite Qubo Digital Smart B+

    Hugely powerful, the Elite Qubo Digital Smart B+ is ideal for developing you power and sprinting ability with eight resistance levels, withstanding a maximum sprint effort at 60km/h with a power output of 1,420 Watts.

    More Info ►
  • See all trainers under £300


  • With just a few accessories, you can turn your pain cave into an immersive experience, motivating you to jump on the trainer at every opportunity.

    It doesn’t take much to achieve an awesome set-up, allowing you to focus and have fun as you blast through your favourite routes on VirtuGO, Trainer Road, or Zwift.

    And if you’ve already got a basic trainer, then you’re just a few sensors away from upgrading it to a ‘Smart’ set-up, giving you the keys to the exciting online training and racing arena.

    The key items to get in place are:

    1. 1. Turbo training mat – this keeps your trainer steady as you put down the power, and mops up sweat.
    2. 2. Riser block – trainers raise the back wheel a little, so you need a stable platform for the front.
    3. 3. Training table – a perfect plinth for your device, water, and energy bars.
    4. 4. Sweat net – stop sweat from falling into your bike’s components.
    5. 5. Training wheel – don’t wear out your road tyres indoors, use robust training rubber instead.
    6. 6. Skewer – with some turbos, you might need to add a quick release trainer skewer to get hooked up.


    Upgrading an existing trainer is easy, all you need to add is a speed sensor to detect your speed, a cadence sensor (optional but recommended) to analyse your pedalling, and an ANT+ USB stick which will ‘talk’ to your device, relaying your real-world performance. Once all that is in order, all you need is a device compatible with your preferred online training platform and a subscription.

    LifeLine Trainer Table

    The LifeLine Trainer Table is height adjustable and will comfortably support your training device, refreshments and nutrition as you tackle your stationary workout.

    More Info ►

    Tacx USB ANT+ Antenna For PC

    This USB dongle connects wirelessly to Android devices and PCs, relaying all the data from your speed, cadence, and power sensors to your training platform.

    More Info ►

    Tacx Sweat Cover

    The sweat cover protects your smartphone from falling perspiration while giving you full access while on the bike.

    More Info ►

    Wahoo KICKR Trainer Mat

    Water resistant and anti-slip, the Wahoo KICKR Trainer Mat steadies your trainer as you smash those inclines. It's also thick enough to vastly reduce noise from your machine, giving you the platform to push hard.

    More Info ►

    LifeLine ANT+ USB Stick

    The LifeLine ANT+ USB stick is the popular choice of cyclists to connect with a huge range of devices. The standard tool for converting your trainer to a 'Smart' set-up, the LifeLine unit is fast and reliable.

    More Info ►

    LifeLine Speed and Cadence Sensor

    Data is the key to improvement and your gateway to online training. LifelLine's Speed and Cadence Sensor is compatible with ANT+ receivers and mounts discretely on your chainstay, cranks, and spokes.

    More Info ►
  • See all turbo trainer accessories