Summary

Don’t hit the sofa just because it’s snowing – keep both your fitness and motivation levels up through the worst of the winter weather with a home trainer

Products

Verdict

First of all it’s worth thinking about what you want a turbo for. If you need portability then size and weight will be a consideration.

If you are planning long winter nights in the garage, your demands will be quite different. The Elite Qubo is an excellent choice for its ease of use – there really is nothing to do but attach the bike and pedal. Its frame design and fluid brake give the best performance here.

The Tacx Blue Motion’s performance makes it another great choice. If you want high resistance levels or are tight on space, then it’s a turbo worth checking out. CycleOps’s Magneto is also worth consideration – like the Blue Motion it is easily portable and with variable adjustment without the need for an adjustment lever, it?s a great trainer for taking to events.

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  • Julian Earl

    Tacx Flow T2200 £240
    I chose this on balance for getting more information output than I’ve had on my old Elite turbo. The Flow gives similar to the old Cateye cyclosimulator: speeed, timr, watts, distance, energy used for example. I couldn’t get the cadence monitor to fit so that’s missing on output. t functions okay but the downside is that iwas very difficult and fiddly to set up; awkward access for nuts/bolts and allenkey fittings in tight spaces. In addition I’ve found most controls on turbos to br fairly intuitivr e and obvious. Not this time; it is very slow to get just the display that you want, I find. I cannot set a planned distance to do comparative tts on it.
    Also, unfortunately, it is a new chain and block and it does warn you that the mechanism at the back gets hot- there i distinct smell of oil when I use the trainer that I assume is drops of oil from the new chain landing on the hot business end of the tubro.

    Overall: would I buy it again? no, I would buy onr much easier to set up. Better than nothing and just sitting on the sofabut the one it is replacing was better[ Elite chrono I think] and definitely not as good as the cateye that I had years ago.