I need to get a new electronic trainer. My current one is the ANT+ CycleOps Power Beam Pro. I’ve had it for 5.5 years.
I refuse to buy another CycleOps trainer. Somewhat of a long story, but my PBP has a nice groove in the roller where the tire goes, and I haven’t actually used it that much–maybe 750 hours. I was not happy with how CycleOps responded when I talked with them about this issue. So, I refuse to buy another trainer from them.
I am looking at the Kickr Snap vs Core.
Yes, I have read DCR’s reviews. I have watched GPLama’s videos on the Core. I am aware of Wahoo’s issues with the 2018 production, but I think they are beyond this now.
Items to note about how I use the trainer:
- I do not use ERG mode very often. I prefer resistance mode because I do a lot of training outside, and I feel that resistance mode is closer to how I ride outside. However, I like how the electronic trainers feel better than the fluid ones. I have a Kurt Kinetic as well.
- I do grinders every fall (base training… grinders are very low RPM, not super-high power but usually around high Z3) to build strength, and I don’t have a good hill near me to do them, and the electronic trainer is the best way I’ve found to be able to add resistance to do them. I can hear some slippage between my rear wheel and my PBP with grinders, so I wonder if a direct drive trainer would be better.
- I do not use Zwift. I’ve tried it once and it wasn’t for me. There is a small chance I will use it in the future if we have another super-wet winter here in NorCal, but it is not my preferred way to ride inside.
- I have a power meter on my bike, so I’d be using powermatch and don’t care if the power is more/less accurate with a direct drive.
- I am hesitant to go for a direct-drive trainer because it seems like a pain to have to maintain yet another cassette. I am trying to be better about replacing my chain, but it doesn’t always happen as regularly as it should. Is this a valid concern?
- Is direct-drive really that much better? A friend may be selling her Snap that has been heavily used but only about 1.5 years old. (She wants a direct-drive.) This would be more economical, but if it’s not the right choice based on how I use it, then I’d rather get the right product. (Plus, there are some 20% off sales going on right now, so it seems like a good time to buy new.)
Thanks for your input!!