Power meter vs. Power estimator. Does it matter? Rather than a strain gauge, the Elite Rampa uses a power estimator, Elite have previously championed the optical power meter with the Drivo, so what effect does that bring to the Elite Rampa? We look at power accuracy as we try to answer the common question “How does it Zwift?” in this latest Zwift Gear Test! Continue Reading →
Within the cycling world, Tacx is one of THE biggest manufacturer names NOT associated with the production of a bike frame. Tacx is a hardware company making components as “simple” as jockey wheels and drinks bottles, through to state of the art turbo trainers, built using input from global leaders in the field of electromagnetics. I have been lucky enough to have Tacx open their factory doors to me and my camera this month, to get an insight into how a tech giant continues to flourish in a highly competitive market, whilst being a proudly family owned, and consumer focused business
In 2015 the Wahoo KICKR was the turbo trainer I opened my wallet for. Since then, I’ve been able to test most of the smart turbo trainers on the market. But over the last two years, competition Wahoo has faced have really upped their game. So in 2017, is the new Wahoo KICKR (Gen 2) enough of an update to compete against the latest smart trainers? Let’s find out in the latest Zwift Gear Test! Continue Reading →
Having been using the Cycleops Hammer for a couple of months now after ZwiftCon, I’m in a much better place to give an idea as to how the latest Cycleops unit feels, and more importantly, how it responds to race conditions, in order to be able to class this review as a proper Zwift Gear Test! So if you are interested in the new trainer on the block, read on in the Cycleops Hammer review and Zwift Gear Test!
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The Wahoo KICKR basically rules the smart turbo trainer roost. There is occasionally some debate, but there have been no challengers which have really been able to come close to dqualling the KICKR in all of the areas it excels at, namely : Reliability, stability, design, and quality.
TacX have recently launched the Neo, their latest smart trainer, and on paper it looks a strong contender for the KICKR’s crown – My preview of the Neo left me wanting more. Having now recieved both units in the house, its clear that the Wahoo KICKR may finally have a genuine fight on its hands – so without more read on for the Neo vs KICKR comparison Continue Reading →