I enjoyed the review, and I was pleased that PEZ managed to publish two reviews of comparably priced but dramatically different training devices (i.e., the Kickr and TruTrainer Rollers). I'm guessing the authors of the respective reviews didn't have a chance to cross-compare the devices.
Anyway, it left me wondering whether comparing your existing trainers to this one is as appropriate as considering what other training tools you might obtain with the same money. At $250-350 with no power/video/data-logging, most trainers allow easy apples to apples comparisons to each other, but they're almost a slam-dunk reject against the Kickr solely on the basis of the extra content an $1,100 price tag permits.
Once the price rises over $1,000, I feel like only other ultra-high end training devices are reasonable alternatives to this unit. How would you compare this to what Tacx offers in the same price range, an option like the TruTrainer rollers, or a left-field $1,000+ training alternative like a Stages FSA crank (699.99) and a Kurt Kinetic Road Machine ($225-325, depending)?
I just feel like the kind of rider who is looking at hardware like this probably cross-shops fairly esoteric and high-dollar options, and as you've said many times, most top-end stuff tends to be nice. Your T1 and T2 comparo devices probably didn't stand a chance against something like Kickr designed with a target MSRP of 3-5 times their prices. Speaking strictly of the $1,100+ price class, is the Kickr what you would buy every time for indoor training?
This is a HUGE task, most of the high end equipment has already been reviewed to death and particularly in comparison to other similar devices, usually to acrimonious overtones.
The inventory of equipment you'd test for this review would be a long one:
various Lemond trainers
various high-end Cyclops trainers
and how many others?
Then add all the computer simulation programs. Add the analytic data systems (including the various third-party systems that may or may not do the job, such as Training Peaks, SRM, etc.). And then consider all the various use patterns and circumstances that these different systems are subjected to.
Plus you have some items that are out of production but worth considering, such as a Cateye 1000 (the preferred trainer for high wattage training for power track cyclists) and the various Monark ergometers (which you can rebuild at nominal cost into a superb dedicated trainer.
When we're finished ... we have written a book. And all of it polemic, because you'll have to have some level of comparison and no two people seem to compare these different approaches in the same way.
I'd love to see something like this, but it would really be something like a separate forum on this site with multiple threads for each product, that individuals start and everyone contributes to. That way you get everyone's opinion or experience included and also add to a thread as a product gets revised or upgraded. Hey, mods, how about doing this? The "training" sub forum is more about techniques than equipment, but we could use something about training products.