I’ve been wanting to get a direct drive trainer for ages. My personal setup is a mix of 2 setups; 1) a feedback sports roller stand with a powertap g3 hub power meter that allows me to do up to 800 watts of effort. 2) Elite Nero Rollers that allow me to have power and practice bike handling and roller skills. I love both and would suggest anyone starting out to get that first setup I have since I can roll indoors and outdoors with power.
However, I really need a direct drive trainer as I need to 1) do sprint intervals beyond 800 watts and 2) I’d like a bit of a quieter trainer as the roller + power meter can get quite loud because of the tyre sound.
I’ve come across a sale for the Hammer H2 (around 650 british pounds) and I’m thinking this is a really good price. However, I’ve had my eyes on a Neo 2 for a really long time and think it would be perfect given its functionalities. I know that the 2 is mostly the same as the 1 (but with better internals etc) but the 1 is hard to come by and the current used ebay price is about 600-650 pounds. If I sprang for a Neo 2, this would be double the price of the H2 so I’d have to wait for a while before I’d feel comfortable laying down the coin (like 2-3 months)
Since many of you have experience with H2 and the neo 2, what are your thoughts? What are things you’ve liked / not liked about each? Is the Neo 2 worth a wait over an H2? What is your personal “good deal price” for each (thats subjective but I’d like to hear from people.
Finally, no, I’m not interested in Wahoo given all of the problems I’ve read on the forum. I may be convinced with Elite Drivo 2 since I love my rollers but reviewers seem a bit luke warm about it.