My Elite Direto recently died and my wife is kicking me out of the living room and moving my pain cave to the basement. So I’m in the market for a new direct drive trainer. My basement ceiling height is low at about 5’ 11" (180cm) so i’m looking for a trainer with an axle height that is the same as a 700c wheel axle. My Elite Direto is an inch or two above that and I tap my head on the ceiling if I stand up.
In addition to the height restrictions, I would like a trainer that responds quickly to changes in power in erg mode. I primarily ride MTB in Michigan which has very punchy short climbs. I felt my direto responded a bit to slowly for 30 second intervals and I could never replicate the single track in my area.
So I’m trying to compare all the mid/high range trainers like Tacx Neo 2T, Kickr 18, Kickr Core, Saris H3. What is everyone’s opinion on these trainers with respect to my issues I described? Sorry if this has been discussed in previous threads, if so just add a link.