I am seeking to remove the last impediment of biking on the trainer. Attaching and detaching the outdoor bike on the trainer. So I’m looking at buying/building a dedicated trainer only bike to attached to the trainer.
My current trainer is a Tacx Neo 2. I’ve looked at the Smart Bikes, but am reluctant to transition to a Gen 1 Smart Bike. See other threads and the owners FB groups for more details.
Drive Train: My current thoughts are going 1x drive-train to improve simplicity, decrease maintenance, and get rid of the front derailleur. I primarily ride in ERG mode, so gear range doesn’t matter most of the time, but I would like a setup to work for times in Sim mode, (i.e. Zwift races).
For a wide gear range on a 1x setup, I was looking at the Shimano Deore M5100 MTB Cassette (11-51T) [CS-M5100-11], Shimano Deore M5100 MTB Rear Derailleur [RD-M5100-SGS], with a Wolf Tooth Tanpan Shimano 11SPD Inline to use road shifters with mountain bike derailleurs. R7000 Shifters. Front Chainring 1x 48t or higher.
Frame: Similar stack / reach / touch points to my road/gravel bike. I’ll probably look for a used frameset or new frameset. Any pointers on frame materials, Carbon, Aluminium, Steel for a dedicated trainer bike?
Brakes & weight do not matter.
Any other pointers or feedback from others who have done similar builds/buys of a dedicated trainer bike?