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Discussion: Bike trainer recommendation

in: Adventure Racing; General

Jan 13, 2018 12:50 PM # 
kateness:
Hey guys. Looking to get a bike trainer to use with my Niner Air9 MTB. Sadly I ordered the Wahoo Kickr Snap only to find out that the rear gear hub on my bike is 6mm too wide for it. The upgrade to the full Wahoo Kickr is a bit more than I want to spend. Any suggestions for a solid trainer that fits a wider MTB (148mm rear gear hub)?
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Jan 15, 2018 8:27 PM # 
MHtrailvet:
The Air9's I see online have a 148x12mm thru axle which Cycleops says will work with several of their trainers, with a $60 adapter. 2.0 inch tire width seem to be the max though. Other option is getting a beater road bike for the trainer.

https://www.cycleops.com/product/thru-axle-adapter
Jan 22, 2018 2:44 AM # 
kateness:
Thanks Mason. Turns out very few trainers fit my bike as it is. Looks like I'll just have to upgrade to the sweeter trainer ;)
Jan 22, 2018 2:29 PM # 
StrongMachine:
What's money to an adventure racer anyway, right? :)
Jan 22, 2018 2:54 PM # 
britty327:
I may be biased, but while the upgrade to a smart trainer (Wahoo, Cycleops, TacX) may seem significant, it’s a solid investment in training, especially if you live somewhere with tough winters. The bike workout is fantastic, with a host of apps compatible with them. When you consider that many ARs are 60+% biking these days, it pays to be a strong rider.
Jan 23, 2018 9:56 PM # 
StrongMachine:
Britty, if I buy I a trainer, can you promise me I will win Zwift races like you?
Jan 23, 2018 10:07 PM # 
britty327:
Engine sold separately.
Jan 24, 2018 11:18 AM # 
RASPUTIN:
Wahoo KICKr
interactive training with power, real time feedback, TraineRoad workouts designed to increase FTP.
Find a way, sell one of your bikes, whatever it takes.
If the goal is to become a stronger faster rider, it’s the way to go. Just follow a TraineRoad program based on available days and hrs per week. 2018s have thru axle.
Jan 24, 2018 4:38 PM # 
kateness:
Alright guys. Feeling better about our investment already. Anxiously awaiting its arrival - sadly on backorder for 2 weeks!
Jan 25, 2018 9:16 PM # 
GD44:
I use TrainerRoad too. Good investment.

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