I am looking to upgrade from my wheel-on Saris M2 to a direct drive trainer. My budget doesn’t quite allow for one of the top-end trainers, so I believe I’ve narrowed it down to 2: The Elite Suito or the Tacx Flux S. I ride about 5 times a week following a high volume Full Distance Tri plan and plan to keep this up for a while, although possibly switching to some of the cycling specific plans later. I have never ridden zwift but it could become something I do in the future.
The Elite Suito seems to have a few advantages- better hill simulation, more accurate readings, comes with 11sp cassette, and folds nicely and has a handle. This last part is actually quite appealing as I regularly pack the pain cave into my car and relocate for a few weeks. But unfortunately it is on backorder everywhere, expected to arrive at the end of January.
The Tacx flux s seems to do everything I need it to, with the drawbacks being only simulating hills to 10%, not including a cassette, and being less portable. But I could buy it now on Amazon, and could use my credit card cash back and save a bit of money there. Since I am not riding in zwift right now, it seems like the hill simulation is no issue for now. The portability is a drawback, but I am used to lugging a wheel on trainer and spare wheel now, so it may still be an upgrade.
Anybody have recommendations for one over the other? Either company better to work with? Note that I already have a slew of Garmin devices (watch, hr monitoer, edge) so I’d be further selling my soul to them.
Any trainers I am overlooking? Any big thing I’m lacking going for one of these vs. the high end trainers (kickr core, kickr, Saris H3, tacx neo)
Thanks in advance