I’ve been using Kurt Kinetic Road machine and Rock-n-Roll with the Bluetooth power/cadence sensor.
It’s surprisingly accurate and has been more than good enough to train on and I’ve seen great progress over the last 4 years or so.
However, I’m now considering upgrading to a smart trainer as that’s all you hear about these days. If I do it would be a Wahoo Kickr 2018 or a Core, so the brand isn’t a question for me it’s more a question of am I upgrading because it’s a real benefit for my training or is it a case of FOMO?
I know that the trainer alters resistance and makes apps like Zwift (I don’t use anyway) feel more realistic and alters the intervals in TR, so I don’t have to think about it, just hit the numbers and so on.
But what’s the ‘real’ training benefit, if any, of using a smart trainer over manually watching the numbers, changing gear and peddling harder, do these things really help to improve training quality and progress?
One thing I suspect would be great is the Slope mode for simulating a climb, as that is one thing the Dumb trainer fails on in my opinion. Especially when it comes to MTB marathon races, I neglected a lot of low cadence work over high and have suffered when it comes to grinding up a rocky, root woven trail at 40 rpm and i’ve seen a gradual decrease in ability over two seasons, although FTP higher and fitness much higher.
Who’s upgraded and did you genuinely feel it was worth the money, as let’s be straight they’re not cheap?