So it’s 2013, you have a bike but the weather is pretty awful outside. As you look out your window into the pitch black and see the trees being battered by gale force winds and you think to yourself ’there is no chance I’m going out in that’. Well fear not…
We have brought together a brand new list of turbo trainers for 2013, which we consider to be the best currently available for those with varying budgets and experience levels. While it is difficult to limit this list, we have chosen two turbo trainers for each of the following categoies: Best budget, best mid-range, and best high-end.
Best budget turbo trainer 2013
CycleOps Classic Mag turbo trainer RRP £149.99
Minoura B60-R turbo trainer RRP £149.99
Best mid-range turbo trainer 2013
Tacx Booster turbo trainer RRP £289.99
Elite Qubo Wireless Digital turbo trainer RRP £399.99
Best high-end turbo trainer 2013
Tacx i-Flow multiplayer turbo trainer RRP £649.99
The i-Flow uses an electro-magnetic braking system, which unlike more expensive virtual reality turbo trainers, such as the i-Genius turbo trainer (see below), it does not drive the back wheel to simulate downhills. However, you do feel the added resistance that you would feel in real life due to increased wind resistance, the road surface, and on inclines, which for most of us is what we are after in a good turbo workout.
Tacx i-Genius multiplayer virtual reality turbo trainer RRP £1149.99
The trainer requires a plug socket to power the integrated motor brake unit, which itself has an impressive max power of 1500W. The motor brake automatically adjusts the resistance so that it syncs perfectly with the virtual reality course you are riding on. Believe it or not it even drives the back wheel when on a decent to make it that bit more realistic. As the name suggests, this is a multiplayer turbo trainer, meaning you can compete online against other riders.