Wahoo KICKR Core Smart Turbo Trainer 2018

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Despite being rich in technology, the Wahoo Kickr Core Smart Turbo Trainer’s most popular trait is its simplicity.

It operates exactly as you would expect, is compatible with thru-axles, Bluetooth, Ant+, can link with Apple, Android, and Windows, and works with all the major online training apps.

It’s also small, powerful (1800W), and really quiet, with many reviewers claiming it can’t be heard at all by those in adjacent rooms.

When you consider its price is far below competitors of similar quality, you can understand why the Kickr Core has earned so many fans.

“Great bit of kit, and easy to assemble and connect to a PC and phone. Very quiet in operation, all you hear is the bike really. Used in tandem with Zwift it makes training indoors enjoyable.”


  • Maximum Power Output: 1800W
  • Hub Compatibility: 30/135mm QR, 12×142, and 12×148 Thru Axle
  • Third Party App Compatibility: Zwift, TrainerRoad, Virtugo and other KICKR approved apps
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth, ANT+, FE-C
  • Mobile Compatibility: Apple, Android, Windows
  • Accessory Compatibility: KICKR CLIMB, KICKR Desk, KICKR Headwind, KICKR Mat

Note, not all products are available internationally.

Tacx Vortex Smart Trainer

This hugely popular smart trainer offers the full online training experience at a fraction of the cost. With almost 60 five-star reviews, It offers the same precision speed, power, and cadence sensors of some top-end trainers, in a robust, portable unit. Adran said it best, writing: “The Tacx Vortex is awesome and I am very happy to have purchased it. I have found it very reliable and the real-world ride feel is very good.”

Note, not all products are available internationally.