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Awards Best Buy Award Editors' Choice Award  Best Buy Award Best Buy Award 
Price $100 List$1,399.99 at Amazon
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$1,199.99 at Backcountry
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$1,000.00 at REI$500 List
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Pros Crazy light, super affordable, spectacularly simpleDoes 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 accuracyAffordable, simple to set up, easy to take on the road, great control for a tire drive trainer
Cons Slightly limited compatibility, not much resistance, no sensorsPower output/response can lag, pricey, heavy, somewhat of a pain to move around and set upHeavy, expensiveRequires calibration, heavy, slightly aggressive in ERG modeResistance unit is just a bit bulky and heavy, manual drum adjustment, lower responsiveness
Bottom Line A bare bones model for simple riding without any real featuresYou’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 lessOne of the easiest smart control trainers to set up and get rolling without sacrificing performance
Rating Categories Blackburn Tech Mag 1 Tacx Neo 2T Smart Wahoo Fitness Kickr Saris H3 Direct Drive Kinetic Road Machine Control
Connectivity And Power Accuracy (25%)
1
9
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8
6
Road Feel (25%)
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9
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Design (20%)
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Setup (20%)
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Portability (10%)
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Specs Blackburn Tech Mag 1 Tacx Neo 2T Smart Wahoo Fitness Kickr Saris H3 Direct... Kinetic Road...
Type Tire drive Direct drive Direct drive Direct drive Tire drive
Weight (lbs) 15 lbs 47 lbs 45 lbs 47 lbs 28 lbs
Compatible Platforms-TrainerRoad, Zwift None. 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 Kinetic Fit, Rouvy, Kinomap, The Sufferfest and FulGaz.
Communication Protocol None ANT+ FE-C, Bluetooth FTMS ANT+ FEC, Bluetooth Smart ANT+ FE-C, Bluetooth FTMS ANT+ FE-C, Bluetooth FTMS
Dimensions L-H-W (inches) 21.7"x21.7"x16.3" 22.6" x 29.5" x 21.7" 20.25" x 18" x 28.25" 31” x 18.5” x 19.5” 32"x22.4"x16"
Storage Dimensions LxHxW (inches) 21.7"x6.3"x18.9" 24.4" × 10.2" × 17.3" 20.5" x 18.25" x 8.75" 8.5” x 18.5” x 19.5” 20.75"x8.25"x21.5"
Power Comparison N/A 1-3 watts, 1% 3 watts, 1% 1-3 watts, 1% 10 watts, 5%
Decibel @ 230 Watts 60 dB 57.8 dB 64.6 dB 55.3 dB 55.9 dB
Roll Out Time @ 200 watts 4 seconds 26 seconds 53 seconds 58 seconds 17 seconds
Flywheel Magnetic Virtual 12.5 lbs 20 lbs 12 lbs
Additonal Quick release skewer included No Cassette included Cassette Sram 11spd included, Campy freehub option available No Cassette included Skewer included
Axel compatibility 130mm and 135mm || May need 3rd party adaptors for 142mm and 148mm 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 || 142mm and 148mm adaptors available through Kinetic.
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