Many turbo manufacturers produce own branded mats for use with their trainers. While brand loyalty is nice, and my OCD plays well with a trainer matched to the manufacturer mat, they are rarely bundled with a turbo, so the price is thus a major factor. So assuming you are opening your own wallet which is the best for catching your sweat?
Cycleops has come back to the direct drive turbo market with the Hammer, but in a one, two blow, they have also released a wheel on trainer in the form of the Cycleops Magnus, coming in at under half the price of the bigger Hammer. I’ve been using the Cycleops Hammer and the Magnus now for about six weeks, so how do they compare, and how do the hills on Zwift feel through the wheel with the Cycleops Magnus? It sounds like we need another Zwift Gear Test!
With the launch of Zwift iOS at the weekend any user with a stable of ANT+ only sensors is going to be faced with a decision. Buy new dual channel BLE/ANT+ devices, or use a bridge device. The CABLE, literally standing for Connect ANT Bluetooth Low Energy is a dedicated bridge device that wants a place in your pain cave. But with only a single function, have North Pole Engineering made a compelling product compared to rival ANT+ bridges?
TomTom has released a few new products this year, whilst polishing and updating their existing Runner/Spark line. This review looks at the updates to the TomTom Runner 3 – a device proclaiming basic multisport function, whilst hiding a great running watch. Running, music and optical HR, what more could you want? Continue Reading →
Following in the glut of direct mount turbo trainers releases this year, Tacx has launched to Tacx Flux. With very similar internals to that of the TacX Neo but without headline-grabbing features such as road feel and downhill simulation. Instead, we save a considerable chunk of money and gain a smaller package. So have Tacx made the Neo a baby brother, to sit supportively in the lineup, or have they created a cut-price cannibal to gobble up the larger models sales? – let’s see in this Zwift Gear Test!
Zwift has now released its major new release – Zwift iOS via the Apple App store. However, the Zwift team are a group who could NEVER be accused of sitting still. As a result, they have also snuck in an Easter Egg of the beta running module for Zwift! So let’s get off the turbo trainer, strap on some running shoes and take Zwift running for a
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For myself, the biggest product announcements of 2016 have been the new direct mount trainers from Tacx, Elite and Cycleops. I have finally managed to get my hands on a Cycleops Hammer – There will be a full review and Zwift Gear Test, shortly, but for now, here is something to consider as an appetiser! Continue Reading →