I have no doubt this has been done before but I rarely come on here and whilst a search reveals lots of similar problems, I can’t find an answer…
I had a nice Tacx Bushido which I rarely used, in fact, it had blown up with a big bang (thought the tyre had blown!) and a cloud of white smoke but continued working just not recording power so I had an old powertap deployed for that, worked a treat when I first started using TrainerRoad but a bit of a bodged solution and eventually, TR lost the ability to control the power so I presume some more parts had failed.
I splashed out on a lovely Wahoo Kickr which was OK apart from tediously needing calibrating but then it started the famous clicking. A bit of back and forth and eventually got a nice refund. In total, that lasted about 18 months.
Annoyed at the Clickr I went back to Tacx with a Neo2. Lovely bit of kit, no calibration issues, connected immediately every time… then, last night, the thing packs up… no resistance and flashing power light… Turns out the thing has overheated because the fans are buggered. Might or might not be covered under warranty but I guess I will find out Monday.
Each time these things fail, I end up not training for about 10 days which is really, really annoying but not half as annoying as having to deal with warranty claims or the expense of buying a new one. It’s not really like I can spend a bit more money and get a really good one that will last as these two are kind of top of the range? I read reviews but they’re of no use, the tester has moved on to the next new model after a week and I can hardly buy a new one at that sort of rate! Does anybody do long term reviews???
I’m shocked they are so bad tbh! I mean, why put a shitty little computer fan in a unit when you’ve got a big old flywheel being driven all the time it is in use? Put a fan blade on the edge of the flywheel and you have indestructable air movement. Why use a shitty keyway with an aluminium pulley on a steel shaft? peopel have been bolting pulleys to shafts for years without any problem!
So what do other people do? Is there a trainer that can be used daily and lasts for more than 18 months? Do you have a spare trainer for when your main one fails? Is there a trainer that can actually be maintained with readily available spares? Or do I really have to accept that a trainer only lasts 18 months? Would a cheaper trainer be more reliable - I know that sounds backwards!