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2019 Bib Shorts Guide

Wheel On
Trainer Guide

Learn about our picks for this year's standouts.


Although it’s Wahoo’s entry level model, the KICKR Snap makes a legitimate claim to being the most well-rounded wheel-on trainer available. The claimed +/- 5% accuracy is on par with the best in this class, and the rugged construction will stand up to years of daily use. If you wish to use it on a bike with a rear thru axle, that’s easily accomplished with the use of an adaptor. Wahoo’s user-friendly technology package is just the icing on the cake.

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Flow Smart Full Connect Trainer

For those seeking a more affordable option that stacks up favorably against the competition, this unit from Tacx is an outstanding value. It brings your online training app to life by simulating the resistance of grades up to 6%, while the 3.5 lb flywheel offers a realistic road feel. And when you factor in the included front wheel riser block, this may be the best value in smart trainers today.

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M2 Trainer

If this trainer looks familiar, don’t worry, it’s not just you. This is the same M2 smart trainer that previously wore CycleOps branding, which means that you can expect the same bulletproof reliability and simple operation. It’s also the most affordable smart trainer in this guide, but considering its pedigree, we have no hesitation recommending it to demanding users.

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Kinetic Rock and Roll Smart Control Trainer

Atop the wheel-on trainer hierarchy, you’ll find this rugged unit from Kinetic. It’s built for stronger, more powerful riders. Accordingly, it offers resistance up to 1,800 watts, placing it in a league with most direct drive trainers. Naturally, the equally rugged construction ensures a solid, reassuring feel under full gas efforts, yet it’s also built to flex just enough to create a more realistic ride feel.

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