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Turbo trainer

Best Turbo Trainers

Never miss a training session because of bad weather or timing. Turbo trainers allow you to keep up your fitness regardless of weather from the comfort of your own home. Stay in peak physical condition so you can hit the road hard in spring.

There are many types of turbo trainers on the market from magnetic to fluid to high tech electro-magnetic computer trainers. Magnetic trainers are great entry level options, fluid trainers offer realistic resistance that gets tougher the harder you ride. The best turbo trainers use electro-magnetic resistance and can be connected to third party apps for creating bespoke training sessions.

Indoor cycling doesn't have to break the bank which is why our pick of the best turbo trainers include affordable systems so everyone can benefit from these cycling training machines.

Turbo trainers come in two types, those with a roller which your rear wheel rests on, and increasingly popular quiet turbo trainers with direct drive units. Direct drive turbo trainers come with a cassette mounted directly to the resistance unit (you’ll need to remove your rear wheel and have a spare cassette). They are much less noisy, there is no tyre wear and the system is stiffer. We include both types of trainer in this comparison.


Elite Qubo Power Fluid Trainer

Elite Qubo Power Fluid Trainer
Elite

£249.99



Quick look

Q/R Mounting System Yes


Max Power Output Progressive Resistance


Resistance Type Fluid


Handlebar Remote Yes


Best For Fluid performance on a budget


Review

The Elite Qubo Power is a capable magnetic turbo trainer for beginners to try their hand at indoor fitness training. It has a simple design which is stable and durable for long-lasting performance. Set-up is easy and you can be training in seconds – hop on and start spinning.

An ElastoGel roller at the rear improves tyre grip and dampens noise by up to 20% compared to normal rollers. This is the best budget turbo trainer with progressive fluid resistance that gets tougher the harder you ride. You get a much more realistic feel compared to wind turbos and magnetic options.



Solid beginner fluid turbo to get you started.


Minoura Live Ride LR760

Minoura Live Ride LR760
Minoura

£274.99



Quick look

Q/R Mounting System Yes


Max Power Output 640 Watt @ 20km/h


Resistance Type Magnetic


Handlebar Remote Yes


Best For Affordable turbo w/ App integration


Review

Minoura's Live Ride 760 turbo integrates with the Live Training iPhone app so you can see your performance data in real-time. Measure speed, cadence, heart rate and power with compatible devices. Use this data to enhance your training regime and making tweaks to get you riding faster and harder.

At this price point it is rare to see 13 levels of magnetic resistance with a handlebar mount so you can flip between options easily for interval training.



Affordable turbo with App integration for performance data.


CycleOps Jetfluid Pro Trainer

CycleOps Jetfluid Pro Trainer
CycleOps

£377.00



Quick look

Q/R Mounting System No


Max Power Output Progressive Resistance


Resistance Type Fluid


Handlebar Remote Yes


Best For Smooth fluid performance


Review

The CycleOps Fluid 2 comes ready assembled so you can unbox and start riding immediately. The turbo trainer has a lower and wider stance for more stability for when you're really sprinting. Power Tuned tech matches the flywheel inertia and resistance curve for a realistic riding experience.

A great feature of the JetFluid is an airlock channel for cooler operating temperatures. This gives a much more controlled power output for a super smooth ride.



Built for long distance rides the Dolce will enable you to push your limits further.


JetBlack Whisper Drive DDM Trainer + App

JetBlack Whisper Drive DDM Trainer + App
JetBlack

£499.99



Quick look

Q/R Mounting System No


Max Power Output 1,200 Watts


Resistance Type Magnetic


Handlebar Remote Yes


Best For Quieter training with zero tyre wear


Review

The JetBlack WhisperDrive is a direct drive turbo trainer. Your rear wheel doesn’t rest on a roller, instead your frame is attached to the resistance unit via the cassette (you’ll need a spare cassette). A great benefit of this is reduced noise (turbo trainers can be very loud).

You get 7 levels of magnetic resistance with a max power output of 1,200 Watts - more than enough for beginner and intermediate riders. Free iOS and Android (tablet and smartphone) training sessions are included so you can spice up your training regime.



Quiet turbo trainer that doesn't disturb the family.


Tacx Genius Smart Trainer

Tacx Genius Smart Trainer
Tacx

£699.99



Quick look

Q/R Mounting System Yes


Max Power Output 1,500 Watts


Resistance Type Electro-magnetic


Handlebar Remote N/A


Best For Interactivity with devices and apps


Review

If you're looking for a great value turbo trainer that can connect to your laptop, tablet or phone, this is it. Performance data can be viewed on several devices all at the same time. Sync the Genius to Tacx / third party apps to ride pre-programmed training sessions. The resistance you face will change automatically.

When not connected the Tacx Genius behaves like a fluid turbo trainer with progressive resistance. An advanced motor brake can apply up to 1,500W to your back wheel and will speed up during a descent in a lifelike manner.



Highly interactive turbo compatible with ANT+ & Bluetooth Smart.


Tacx Neo Smart Trainer

Tacx Neo Smart Trainer
Tacx

£1,199.99



Quick look

Q/R Mounting System No


Max Power Output 2,200 Watts


Resistance Type Electro-magnetic


Handlebar Remote N/A


Best For Elite sprinters & simulating hill climbs


Review

All right, this isn’t into budget for most riders, but we had to include it because it is so impressive. This is a true direct drive turbo trainer which is so highly regarded it featured in the RCUK 100 for 2016.

You get a huge max resistance of up to 2,200w to cater for all fitness levels, even the most elite riders. When the Neo isn’t connected to your computer, tablet or phone it behaves just like a fluid turbo with progressive resistance.

Tacx Neo Smart trainer can simulate hill climbs with inclines up to 25% and will also speed up on descents for truly realistic experience. The Neo is ANT+ and Bluetooth Smart compatible to quickly connect with Tacx apps. You can see all your performance data in real-time and set pre-defined workouts.

This is simply the best turbo trainer you can get on the market right now.



Very realistic with a huge 2,200 watt max brake power to cater for elite sprinters.