Wheel-on turbo trainers - which is best / quietest?

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F10
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by F10

I'm late to the game, but thinking about picking up a smart turbo trainer. I'm going to go for wheel-on, for ease of switching between 9s & 11s Campy and 10s Shimano bikes in the family. Usage will likely be mostly zwift.

Options I'm thinking about are the Tacx Flow Smart (super cheap, but only simulates 6% grade), Wahoo Kickr Snap (looks nice, but no cadence) or Elite Tuo (looks cool, but maybe less solid?)

Any recommendations from these / others? One key consideration is i'd like something quiet as it will be mostly used early in the morning / late at night. I know direct drive would be way quieter, but can anyone speak to whether there's much difference in noise between wheel-on trainers? Grateful for any thoughts here...

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by 3Pio

F10 wrote:
Mon Sep 13, 2021 8:06 pm
I'm late to the game, but thinking about picking up a smart turbo trainer. I'm going to go for wheel-on, for ease of switching between 9s & 11s Campy and 10s Shimano bikes in the family. Usage will likely be mostly zwift.

Options I'm thinking about are the Tacx Flow Smart (super cheap, but only simulates 6% grade), Wahoo Kickr Snap (looks nice, but no cadence) or Elite Tuo (looks cool, but maybe less solid?)

Any recommendations from these / others? One key consideration is i'd like something quiet as it will be mostly used early in the morning / late at night. I know direct drive would be way quieter, but can anyone speak to whether there's much difference in noise between wheel-on trainers? Grateful for any thoughts here...
If u can ride without hill simulation (or to try to ride in bigger gear/lower cadence), go for Kinetic Road Machine.. Very solid, silent and robust... I would even say that provide better road feel compared to my DiretoX...

If u switch to intervals riding on Trainer Road (with Power Meter on the bike even there is very accurate power measuring using speed sensor), u dont need anything else...

Even i have DiretoX, i still keep my Road Machine for Interval Ridings and it's trainer builded to last lifetime..

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by mcfarton

DCRAINMAKER reviews how loud they are. But by your list the wahoo is the nicest one. Just get that one and be done with it.


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TobinHatesYou
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by TobinHatesYou

KICKR Snap is the quietest (and also best overall.) No question.

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KICKR ROLLR spotted.

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EdWiser
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by EdWiser

The Wahoo rollr will not be a cheap option. As a wheel on trainers are at the very bottom of indoor trainers. Right there with spin bikes.

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