I realize that both trainers have a loyal following and both are excellent choices. But … I can only buy one of them.
From reading up these seem to be the strengths of each:
- Can be used with Climb
- Larger flywheel
- $200 cheaper
- Has surface feel integration with Zwift
- Doesn’t require any calibration or spin-ups
I’ve been training on a Kickr Snap until now. It’s works fine, but from what I gather a direct-drive trainer is just that little bit better. My wife and I both use the trainer a few times a week and I do all the bike changing. I know taking a wheel off and setting on the trainer is still a pain, but pumping up tires and adjusted the wheel clamp is getting old. Plus, every now and then I do get a puncture on the trainer and if I’ve gotten up early in the morning to ride on the trainer, I don’t ever want to see a puncture again.
So, Kickr or Neo? I only use TR, so the both the road feel and climb aren’t really beneficial to me. That brings it down to $200 less and no spin-down. I have a Stages PM that I use in power-match, so trainer calibration isn’t an issue for me, which means Kickr is probably the logical choice. There is the Kickr Core option, but I just don’t like the look of it, I’m willing to pay more for the full Kickr 18.
Am I missing anything?