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Awards Best Buy Award Editors' Choice Award  Best Buy Award  
Price $550 List$1,399.99 at Competitive Cyclist
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Pros Affordable, simple to set up, easy to take on the road, great control for a tire drive trainerDoes not require calibration, realistic road-feel, broad compatibility, wider support for 3rd party appsGood road feel, accurate power, easy to carryLower price range for a premium trainer, good responsiveness, smooth, high power accuracyLightweight, lots of room to kick out power, compact, versatile, more responsive than earlier versions
Cons Resistance unit is just a bit bulky and heavy, manual drum adjustment, lower responsivenessPower output/response can lag, pricey, heavy, somewhat of a pain to move around and set upHeavy, expensiveRequires calibration, heavy, slightly aggressive in ERG modeTakes a bit to assemble, needs periodic calibration, ERG can be spotty, occasional BLE connectivity drops
Bottom Line One of the easiest smart control trainers to set up and get rolling without sacrificing performanceYou’ll be hard-pressed to find a better bike trainerA top of the line direct drive smart trainer that narrowly missed out on our Editors' Choice AwardEverything you want in a premium trainer for way lessSimple enough to get you up and running without much hassle, smart enough to get you lost in a virtual ride
Rating Categories Kinetic Road Machine Control Tacx Neo 2T Smart Wahoo Fitness Kickr Saris H3 Direct Drive Elite Direto X
Connectivity And Power Accuracy (25%)
6
9
9
8
8
Road Feel (25%)
6
9
8
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7
Design (20%)
7
9
9
9
8
Setup (20%)
8
8
8
6
6
Portability (10%)
8
6
6
8
7
Specs Kinetic Road... Tacx Neo 2T Smart Wahoo Fitness Kickr Saris H3 Direct... Elite Direto X
Type Tire drive Direct drive Direct drive Direct drive Direct drive
Weight (lbs) 28 lbs 47 lbs 45 lbs 47 lbs 33 lbs
Compatible Platforms-TrainerRoad, Zwift Yes, both. Also Kinetic Fit, Rouvy, Kinomap, The Sufferfest and FulGaz. Yes, both. Also Tacx Films, Rouvy, Sufferfest, Kinomap, FulGaz, BKool, and Road Grand Tours. Yes, both. Also Wahoo Smartphone App, Rouvy, and The Sufferfest. Yes, both. Also Rouvy. Yes, both. Also The Sufferfest, Bikevo, Kinomap.
Communication Protocol ANT+ FE-C, Bluetooth FTMS ANT+ FE-C, Bluetooth FTMS ANT+ FEC, Bluetooth Smart ANT+ FE-C, Bluetooth FTMS ANT+ FE-C, Bluetooth FTMS
Dimensions L-H-W (inches) 32"x22.4"x16" 22.6" x 29.5" x 21.7" 20.25" x 18" x 28.25" 31” x 18.5” x 19.5” 33"x25.6"x2.7"
Storage Dimensions LxHxW (inches) 20.75"x8.25"x21.5" 24.4" × 10.2" × 17.3" 20.5" x 18.25" x 8.75" 8.5” x 18.5” x 19.5” 11.8"x25.6"x21.7"
Power Comparison 10 watts, 5% 1-3 watts, 1% 3 watts, 1% 1-3 watts, 1% 2-4 watts, 2%
Decibel @ 230 Watts 55.9 dB 57.8 dB 64.6 dB 55.3 dB 62.1 dB
Roll Out Time @ 200 watts 17 seconds 26 seconds 53 seconds 58 seconds 15 seconds
Flywheel 12 lbs Virtual 12.5 lbs 20 lbs 9.3 lbs
Additonal Skewer included No Cassette included Cassette Sram 11spd included, Campy freehub option available No Cassette included No Cassette included
Axel compatibility 130mm, 135mm || 142mm and 148mm adaptors available through Kinetic. 130mm, 135mm || Adaptors for 142mm and 148mm available through Tacx. 130mm and 135mm compatible only. 130mm, 135mm compatible || Thru-axle available for 142mm and 148mm through CycleOps. 130mm, 135mm compatible || 142mm thru-axle available, 148mm requires Boost adaptor from Elite.
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