The best smart bikes for Zwift - A four-way group test

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Zwift did not create indoor training or the concept of training software, but it has fueled a rapid expansion of the interactive hardware available to riders to make indoor riding more fun. Smart bikes are the latest category of interactive training tools. They combine the measured and dynamic resistance of smart trainers with the convenience of a dedicated indoor bike. Over the past three winters VeloNews editorial director Ben Delaney tested a couple dozen smart trainers, and this winter I tested four smart bikes: The WattBike Atom, the StagesBike, the Tacx Neo Bike, and the Wahoo Kickr Bike.  It’s important to note that smart bikes are different than a normal indoor bike like you may have used in a gym or even the higher-end electronic home models like a Peloton. The primary difference is that smart bikes are cyclist-focused, wattage-based tools designed to integrate with third-party software like Zwift, TrainerRoad, and FulGaz. Peloton, NordicTrack, and others have their own closed ecosystem for workouts and classes. These can be great tools for the gym-class crowd, but if you’re looking for power-based training and virtual racing, they don’t work. Ben tested each of the four smart bikes in Zwift group rides, workouts, and races. He's logged more than 5,000 miles in the game on a variety of smart trainers, so he has a decent feel for the options out there. Each smart bike has its own quirky personality, and the differences between bikes are far greater than the differences between smart trainers of a similar price point. The stability, fit, adjustability, shifting, and accommodation for tablets and phones varies greatly.  Conversely, Ben found all four bikes to deliver reliable measurement that he would happily use for training, with less variation from one to the other than with some smart trainers. For power reference, he used a set of Garmin Vector 3 pedals that he has in turn tested against meters from Shimano, Quarq and Stages. Also, in terms of noise, all four smart bikes are relatively quiet, in the 60dB range when doing 200 watts at 90rpm. Visit VeloNews.com for a more detailed information on each of the bikes.

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Tim McLaughlin
2022-10-27 23:55:58

Good reviews thank you I watched this 2 xs and a bunch of others. I have not bought anything as yet but am looking everything over. I am leaning toward the Stages because the reviews indicate they last and that is what is important. Wahoos are the fun ones but fall apart it appears. Good Video

Chey T
2022-08-15 12:30:40

Curious what the maintenance cost are to these bikes. Expensive to repair?

Glenn G.
2022-04-15 21:20:06

If you're an individual buyer stay away from Stages. They are bad at every aspect of taking care of the consumer.

Josef Angeria
2022-03-31 17:25:36

Thats a big thumbs up, thank you for this review!

Paul Bonham
2021-12-14 16:19:10

Very helpful review thanks. I've been using a regular kickr for about 4 years now and although it is very good when working, I have had to return units 4 times. I have been thinking about getting the kickr bike but have read of many faults which is really putting me off. Is the climb function really good, or do you love it for the first couple of months and then not think about it again? I'm tending toward the Stages unit due to its sturdiness. It also has some very good gearing options using the app.

goonzjav
2021-12-03 21:15:17

How about noise?

David Nicholson
2021-11-29 18:33:50

Bought the Stages SB20. The solidity, lack of a top tube, silent belt drive and overall practical design sold me. Indoor/ spin bikes have evolved over decades into their current form and the Stages bike benefits from all that experience. I feel like the other bikes are all trying to unnecessarily reinvent the wheel.

Chris Scales
2021-11-22 12:10:04

Many thanks for the great video. Any chance of a review of Zycle smart bike? Thanks again.

daviemetalhead22
2021-08-08 09:47:07

Great review =-D I think Tacx Neo wins for me in terms of best bang for your buck, such a great cockpit layout, road feel and cool glow, Plus with the increase in Wattbike to 2K and the shipping costs to Northern Ireland means the WB costs almost as much but without the extra great features of the Tacx. Only small concern is Garmin seem to have bad customer service reviews which could be an issue 2 years away when out of warranty. Kickr is a bit expensive and no tablet holder but would probably just about win if money wasn't a factor.

Marco Bertolino
2021-07-14 12:43:19

What do you think about ZCycle Zbike? Can you test her?

2 old4this
2021-07-05 14:22:34

Any chance you can look at the Life Fitness IC6,7,8 range of bikes?

Paul Patterson
2021-07-03 16:46:21

I use an Osymetric chainring on all my bikes. I'm pretty sure if I get a smart bike I can't have that can I? That would be the only reason I would not get one. I have a Kickr smart trainer and love it but I'd consider buying a smart bike except that I would not have use of the chainring I have grown fond of.

Randy Gravel
2021-03-09 05:53:04

Go for a run like a man.

Tab Hunter
2021-03-01 12:06:46

A thoroughly comprehensive review to help with smart bike decision making. Thank you for this video. Subscribed. 👍

Erick Ramirez
2021-02-28 01:28:15

Cual es la más barata?? 😅

Brody
2021-02-08 01:46:25

Wattbike crap ??

Mike Stafford
2021-01-11 18:31:17

Wahoo is the best investment due to tech changing daily. It won’t be long until the wahoo brakes will come in use using apps like Fulgaz, Zwift etc. Therefore Wattbike and others will then have to bring out new machines leaving plenty of angry customers.

Laura Brown
2021-01-11 15:37:33

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Robert Leader
2021-01-05 00:13:07

Good well balanced review 👍

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