Are smart trainers worth the expensive cost, or are dumb trainers good enough to make you a powerful cyclist or triathlete? That's what I'm going over today. Learn all about the differences between smart interactive bike trainers and dumb non-interactive bike trainers, as well as learning about whether erg mode is worth it for Zwift, TrainerRoad, The Sufferfest, or more. Specifically, taking a look at the Kurt Kinetic Road Machine and the Kickr Core. 👇👇👇👇👇 Trainers and gear discussed in the video: Saris H3 (Particularly good for ERG mode users): 🤍amzn.to/2Y6Idgr Wahoo Kickr Core (What I bought; very quiet): 🤍bit.ly/2VW8ivO Tacx Neo 2t (Great road feel, very accurate, silent, road simulation): 🤍bit.ly/3eO6lKJ Lasko performance fan (You always need a good fan indoors): 🤍amzn.to/3eLWJQB Favero Assioma pedals: 🤍amzn.to/2WnV6QT This video specifically covers the difference between smart and dumb bike trainers, how much they really matter, whether or not you need a smart trainer, how much erg mode makes a difference in your cycling workouts, and what I ultimately recommend you buy. Great video from GPLama explaining Zwift Trainer Difficulty: 🤍🤍youtube.com/watch?v=_mjAZyhOlt0 DCRainMaker comparison of InRide vs power meters: 🤍🤍dcrainmaker.com/2018/06/hands-on-kinetic-inride-v2-and-smart-trainers-now-support-dual-ant-bluetooth-smart.html ▶ Instagram: 🤍🤍instagram.com/justindoestriathlon/ ▶ Subscribe: 🤍🤍youtube.com/channel/UCDiPjDdvydLfzFtzWZu7N9A?sub_confirmation=1 ▶ Strava: 🤍🤍strava.com/athletes/111442 JustinDoesTriathlon is dedicated to helping first timers, beginners, and intermediate triathletes meet their athletic goals on the swim, bike, and run! Follow along my training vlog as I train and race. Stick around for gear tips, gear reviews, and more! If you're a beginner triathlete looking to improve your swimming, biking, or running, then it's my mission to help you out! Triathlon can be super intimidating, but it's a great sport if you can get through that initial intimidation and get out there. Triathlon gear reviews, training tips, and my own racing vlogs are here to help keep you motivated and up to date in the sport. Thanks for following! #TrainerRoad #Zwift #Indoorcycling
I bought that trainer a speed sensor and cadence sensor. The gen 3 sensor works but I do think it is registering low. I love the feel, very realistic. My conditioning has a long way to go.
Great video and info. I have a old mag trainer from Aldis. I tried smart one the kicker. Nice as hell but 1300 for trainer that you seem to need an app to use is not for me. I think fluid trainer seems the best route for when it’s 20 f out side lol.
Hey guys, I don't necessarily need a smart trainer, I just need a quiet one so my neighbors don't kill me, does that mean I still have to go for a smart one because "dumb" ones are just noisy as f?
LOL you dont even have the kenetic trainer on your description
Great Video and information. I'm using a dumb trainer currently with Wahoo Cadence and Speed sensors but I want to track my power. I've been looking at a smart budget friendly trainer but watching your video I might just get power pedals. I'm not looking to become a pro rider but I do like to get a really good workout in with stats I can track to better myself.
I like this video, it’s very unbiased. I just bought a Saris Fluid2 that comes with a sensor. It isn’t clear to me how to make it interactive and maybe I can’t. How does one interact with the online software, the resistance is only going to change with what gear I’m in. Thanks. I hope you have a chance to respond. The KICKR Snap was twice as expensive and I’m trying to save for a bike trip.
My very first trainer was really "dumb".
And to be honest I dont care whether it is smart or dumb.
I just want it to be quiet -ish
I agree 100%. Owned the Wahoo Kickr. Sold it and went back to my Kurt Kinetic Road Machine with a power meter. Super road feel, Less shifting and super reliable. Don't even need a power meter if you have the InRide sensor installed.
great video Justin, i was offer $250 off a smart trainer for my dumb trainer recently but going to wait as waiting on my gravel bike build
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Very nice video! I love it
I have favero pedals ( one side only) Kurt kinnetic fluid trainer.
This vinter i have used zwift traning plans, first ftp builder now i am on Build me up, I dont care for races i zwift, but i think its hard to hit the right watt especially in short interval like 30 or 25 sec.
So your video was just the input i nedded.
Only thing is that the trainer i am looking for ( elite suito) is very easy to bring when i visit min son in law. (He has got one)
I has being very disapointed abot the feel of drag in Zwift on this current setup, and i kind of hoped that it would be much better on a smarttrainer.
I very much like to be on some one tire irl 😜🥵🤣
Its always nice to by new stuff, but many times you get disappointed, you really got me thinking 🤔
The best unbiased presentation I’ve seen to date. Thank you.
Does the purchase of an inanimate object make you a better cyclist?
I’ve collected / used lots of trainers (mag, fluid & ‘smart’) over the years and the advice to use real power meter data that’s not derived via mathematical algorithms based of power curves is spot on.
The Kurt Kinetic is a great trainer. (Yes I have one)
The Tacx Boost is good for low cadence high resistance ‘strength’ training. (Yes I have one)
Ultimately the best thing to do is ride your bike…
Trainer or real life???
It doesn’t matter to me as long as I’m on my bike.
I have a kirk kinetic smart trainer. Love the machine but the software just plain fails. Constantly crashes to the point of being worthless. I've worked multiple times with customer service, re-starts, changed batteries, tried my laptop, phone computer, no bueno. For feel and noise level, it's great but I wish I wouldn't have bought a smart trainer that gives me no data and just gone old school with a dogleg work around!
All trainers are for girls,are you frightened of the cold and wet
I have'nt read all comments, so maybe it has been mentioned? Is there complete disregard of single leg training (on rest days) now? Single legging pretty much has to be done on a stationary bike, w a foot rest bar. ie: The Stages bike seems to have a nice rest spot. (I don't work for Stages, and I don't have any training bikes. Further, I just gave my nice rollers away (mistake:)
Nice video, dude!! Thanks a lot!!
Fantastic review, Justin. Thanks for posting.