Indoor Trainer Comparison Guide

A side-by-side comparison chart of CycleOps indoor bicycle trainers
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Indoor bicycle trainers are not one-size-fits-all. Every rider has their own preference for how to bring their ride inside. Here we've lined-up our smart and basic stationary bike trainers for a side-by-side comparison of features.

What's a Smart Bike Trainer?

A smart bike trainer is an indoor bicycle trainer that utilizes technology to control the trainer's resistance during a workout.

The "smart" designation stems from the same concept that turned your old flip phone into a "smart" one: technology. Virtual training programs such as CycleOps VirtualTraining, Zwift and TrainerRoad are some of the most used applications with smart bike trainers. Additionally, most smart trainers provide power data and also answer to the name "virtual trainer."


Compare Smart Trainers

CycleOps Hammer

Hammer

$1,199.99

Trainer Type: Direct Drive
Resistance Unit: Electromagnetic
Resistance Curve: Controlled
Headless Mode:
Maximum Watt Capability @ 20 mph: 2000
Maximum Simulated Hill Incline: 20%
Decibel Level at 20 mph: 64
Thru-Axle Compatible:
Quick Release Compatible:
Compatible with 20/24" Wheels:
Firmware Updates: Over the Air
Power Accuracy: +/- 3%
Wireless Data Transmission:
Dual-Band ANT+ FE-C and Bluetooth:
ANT+ Wireless Protocol:
Bluetooth Wireless Protocol:
Compatible with Virtual Training Apps:

CycleOps Magnus

Magnus

$599.99

Trainer Type: Rear Wheel-On
Resistance Unit: Electromagnetic
Resistance Curve: Controlled
Headless Mode:
Maximum Watt Capability @ 20 mph: 1500
Maximum Simulated Hill Incline: 15%
Decibel Level at 20 mph: 69
Thru-Axle Compatible: * with adapter
Quick Release Compatible:
Compatible with 20/24" Wheels:
Firmware Updates: Over the Air
Power Accuracy: +/- 5%
Wireless Data Transmission:
Dual-Band ANT+ FE-C and Bluetooth:
ANT+ Wireless Protocol:
Bluetooth Wireless Protocol:
Compatible with Virtual Training Apps:

CycleOps PowerSync

PowerSync

$499.99

Trainer Type: Rear Wheel-On
Resistance Unit: Electronic
Resistance Curve: Controlled
Headless Mode:
Maximum Watt Capability @ 20 mph: 1200
Maximum Simulated Hill Incline: 10%
Decibel Level at 20 mph: 69-70
Thru-Axle Compatible: * with adapter
Quick Release Compatible:
Compatible with 20/24" Wheels: * with adapter
Firmware Updates: N/A
Power Accuracy: +/- 5%
Wireless Data Transmission:
Dual-Band ANT+ FE-C and Bluetooth:
ANT+ Wireless Protocol: * with ANT+ trainer
Bluetooth Wireless Protocol: * with Bluetooth unit
Compatible with Virtual Training Apps:
  CycleOps Hammer

Hammer

$1,199.99

CycleOps Magnus

Magnus

$599.99

CycleOps PowerSync

PowerSync

$499.99

Trainer Type Direct Drive Rear Wheel-On Rear Wheel-On
Resistance Unit (?) Electromagnetic Electromagnetic Electronic
Resistance Curve (?) Controlled Controlled Controlled
Headless Mode (?)
Maximum Watt Capability @ 20 mph 2000 1500 1200
Maximum Simulated Hill Incline 20% 15% 10%
Decibel Level at 20 mph 64 69 69-70
Thru-Axle Compatible
* with adapter

* with adapter
Quick Release Compatible
Compatible with 20/24" Wheels
* with adapter
Firmware Updates Over the Air Over the Air N/A
Power Accuracy +/- 3% +/- 5% +/- 5%
Wireless Data Transmission
Dual-Band ANT+ FE-C and Bluetooth
ANT+ Wireless Protocol
* with ANT+ trainer
Bluetooth Wireless Protocol
* with Bluetooth unit
Compatible with Virtual Training Apps



What's a Basic Bike Trainer?

A basic bike trainer is an indoor bicycle trainer that relies on a resistance curve paired with a resistance unit to simulate riding a bike indoors.

For riders not ready to invest in a smart trainer, a basic trainer is a great place to start. Plus, a basic trainer can be made compatible with virtual training programs by adding a cycling power meter or a speed/cadence sensor to the bicycle.


Compare Basic Trainers

CycleOps SuperMagneto

SuperMagneto

$419.99

Trainer Type: Rear Wheel-On
Resistance Unit: Progressive Magnetic
Resistance Curve: Progressive
Decibel Level at 20 mph: 69-70
Clutch Knob:
142x12 Thru-Axle Compatible: * with adapter
148x12 Thru-Axle Compatible:
Quick Release Compatible:
Compatible with 20/24" Wheels:
Compatible with Virtual Training Apps: * with sensor
Frame Type: Pro Frame

CycleOps JetFluid

JetFluid

$399.99

Trainer Type: Rear Wheel-On
Resistance Unit: Fluid
Resistance Curve: Progressive
Decibel Level at 20 mph: 70-71
Clutch Knob:
142x12 Thru-Axle Compatible: * with adapter
148x12 Thru-Axle Compatible:
Quick Release Compatible:
Compatible with 20/24" Wheels:
Compatible with Virtual Training Apps: * with sensor
Frame Type: Pro Frame

CycleOps Fluid2

Fluid2

$349.99

Trainer Type: Rear Wheel-On
Resistance Unit: Fluid
Resistance Curve: Progressive
Decibel Level at 20 mph: 64-68
Clutch Knob:
142x12 Thru-Axle Compatible: * with adapter
148x12 Thru-Axle Compatible: * with adapter
Quick Release Compatible:
Compatible with 20/24" Wheels: * with adapter
Compatible with Virtual Training Apps: * with sensor
Frame Type: Classic Frame

CycleOps Magneto

Magneto

$289.99

Trainer Type: Rear Wheel-On
Resistance Unit: Magnetic
Resistance Curve: Progressive Magnetic
Decibel Level at 20 mph: 66-68
Clutch Knob:
142x12 Thru-Axle Compatible: * with adapter
148x12 Thru-Axle Compatible: * with adapter
Quick Release Compatible:
Compatible with 20/24" Wheels: * with adapter
Compatible with Virtual Training Apps: * with sensor
Frame Type: Classic Frame

CycleOps Mag+

Mag+

$199.99

Trainer Type: Rear Wheel-On
Resistance Unit: Magnetic
Resistance Curve: Linear
Decibel Level at 20 mph: 70-74
Clutch Knob:
142x12 Thru-Axle Compatible: * with adapter
148x12 Thru-Axle Compatible: * with adapter
Quick Release Compatible:
Compatible with 20/24" Wheels: * with adapter
Compatible with Virtual Training Apps: * with sensor
Frame Type: Classic Frame

CycleOps Wind Trainer

Wind

$169.99

Trainer Type: Rear Wheel-On
Resistance Unit: Wind
Resistance Curve: Progressive
Decibel Level at 20 mph: 84-86
Clutch Knob:
142x12 Thru-Axle Compatible: * with adapter
148x12 Thru-Axle Compatible: * with adapter
Quick Release Compatible:
Compatible with 20/24" Wheels: * with adapter
Compatible with Virtual Training Apps: * with sensor
Frame Type: Classic Frame

CycleOps Rollers

Rollers

$309.99

Trainer Type: Roller
Resistance Unit: Optional Magnetic
Resistance Curve: Linear
Decibel Level at 20 mph: N/A
Clutch Knob: N/A
142x12 Thru-Axle Compatible:
148x12 Thru-Axle Compatible:
Quick Release Compatible:
Compatible with 20/24" Wheels:
Compatible with Virtual Training Apps: N/A
Frame Type: N/A

CycleOps Silencer

Silencer

$659.99

Trainer Type: Direct Drive
Resistance Unit: Magnetic
Resistance Curve: Linear
Decibel Level at 20 mph: 59-64
Clutch Knob: N/A
142x12 Thru-Axle Compatible:
148x12 Thru-Axle Compatible:
Quick Release Compatible:
Compatible with 20/24" Wheels:
Compatible with Virtual Training Apps: * with sensor
Frame Type: N/A
  CycleOps SuperMagneto

SuperMagneto

$419.99

CycleOps JetFluid

JetFluid

$399.99

CycleOps Fluid2

Fluid2

$349.99

CycleOps Magneto

Magneto

$289.99

CycleOps Mag+

Mag+

$199.99

CycleOps Wind Trainer

Wind

$169.99

CycleOps Rollers

Rollers

$309.99

CycleOps Silencer

Silencer

$659.99

Trainer Type Rear Wheel-On Rear Wheel-On Rear Wheel-On Rear Wheel-On Rear Wheel-On Rear Wheel-On Roller Direct Drive
Resistance Unit (?) Progressive Magnetic Fluid Fluid Progressive Magnetic Magnetic Wind Optional Magnetic Magnetic
Resistance Curve (?) Progressive Progressive Progressive Progressive Linear Progressive Linear Linear
Decibel Level at 20mph 69-70 70-71 64-68 66-68 70-74 84-86 N/A 59-64
Clutch Knob N/A N/A
142x12 Thru-Axle Compatible
* with adapter

* with adapter

* with adapter

* with adapter

* with adapter

* with adapter
148x12 Thru-Axle Compatible
* with adapter

* with adapter

* with adapter

* with adapter
Quick Release Compatible
Compatible with 20/24" Wheels
* with adapter

* with adapter

* with adapter

* with adapter
Compatible with Virtual Training Apps
* with sensor

* with sensor

* with sensor

* with sensor

* with sensor

* with sensor
N/A
* with sensor
Frame Type Pro Frame Pro Frame Classic Frame Classic Frame Classic Frame Classic Frame N/A N/A



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Questions?

If you have additional questions about our line of indoor bike trainers, please contact us. Our customer service team is always ready to help.