Saris H3: has your long term experience been good or bad?

I’m thinking of buying the Saris H3 for its reportedly great ERG support, good price and current local availability (unlike the kickr core for example).

But I see a lot of complaints about issues (weird noises and whatnot). But as is often the case, the unhappy minority is louder than the happy majority, so it’s hard to tell how common the issues are.

So, if you’ve been using the Saris H3 for a while (3+ months), have you had any issues worth noting?

Mine was fairly loud at first. Adding some grease to the freehub quieted it down. Sometimes I think I hear a little extra noise, but I mostly have earbuds in and it doesn’t bother me.

Every other aspect of operation is pretty much perfect.

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I feel like I opened the can of worms about the H3 here. Still have one I bought used after my fiasco because I didn’t like the Neo and was too nervous for a Kickr. Mine had the smooth pulley which made noise as it struggled for traction. I took it apart once and cut some texture on the pulley with a knife and it helped for a few weeks and then came back. I did a more aggressive treatment and it’s been fine but I’ve been using the trainer sparingly since it’s summer

Saris did send me an updated pulley with an actual embossed texture which they say now comes in all of the new units but I haven’t swapped it on yet. I’m hopeful, it is a good trainer, but def had teething pains

So far mine has been great.

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Mine has been good, my son uses it. He seems to have dropout issues, though, always seems to be complaining every ride. Either that or his YouTube is cutting out, I can’t really tell from all the yelling.

One year with my H3 was this weekend. It has been close to flawless operation, with just a few hiccups that probably are my computer’s fault rather than the H3 itself.

A couple times I have started pedaling and it won’t connect, unplug for 5 seconds then it works like a charm. About half the time in a workout like Spanish Needle one out of 30 intervals will stick for 5-10 seconds.

Overall it works like day 1, smooth and quiet, if only it made V02 efforts easier it would be perfect…

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No issues at all. Love it.


Amazing, super happy with it, amazing road feel, great erg mode, very accurate.


I’ve had zero issues with mine so far (knock on wood). My first trainer was a kickr, I think the H3 is quieter and way better in erg mode for which I primarily use it.