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H2 Direct Drive Smart Trainer
Power up your indoor winter training, or year around for that matter, with the H2 Direct Drive Smart Trainer from CycleOps. Packed with the latest technology, it'll turn your pain cave from the mundane spin into a legit training studio that'll provide results. Quit staring at the wall or watching Tour videos on repeat from 15-years ago when the weather is bad and enjoy the benefits of today's smart trainers.
The H2 does a wonderful job replicating real-world inertia thanks to its balanced 20-pound flywheel. It also boasts a bevy of ride metric data like cadence, speed, and power readings with its sensor-free PowerTap technology. Internal cooling, wireless firmware updates, dual-band ANT+ and Bluetooth compatibility, and variable electromagnetic resistance that works in unison with supported virtual riding apps like Zwift, TrainerRoad, and Sufferfest among others, adds rapid resistance changes for more realistic training. The icing on the cake? How about its 64-decibel operating noise at 20MPH that’s sure to please neighbors and others occupying the house.
Like many top-tier smart trainers these days, the H2 uses a direct drive design that accommodates more bikes (130mm quick-release through Boost), is quieter, more stable, and saves on tires, however, you will need to supply your own cassette for the Shimano/SRAM splined freehub. XD freehubs are also available and sold separately. The folding legs provide the widest footprint of any direct drive indoor bicycle trainers on the market for added stability and easy storage. Its PowerTuned, meaning that its resistance curve produces the widest range of resistance at real-world speeds. Each resistance unit is also tested using a PowerTap to +/- 2% accuracy before it leaves the factory to ensure a consistent resistance curve from one unit to the next. Its capable of handling up to 2,000 watts at 20 mph and can simulate up to a 20% climbing grade. LED indicator lights communicate connectivity and the integrated front wheel tray adds stability to ride without and stows inside the unit so it doesn't take up any extra storage space. CycleOps trainers are tested to the combined weight (rider and bike) of 300 lbs.
- A quiet, fun solution for indoor training
- Direct drive saves tires and is an impossibly quiet 64dB
- Responsive electromagnetic resistance replicates road feel
- Large, stable base with foldaway legs for easy storage
- Communicates via ANT+, FE-C, and Bluetooth
- Convertible to accommodate most skewer and thru-axle standards
- Cassette not included
- Item #COP001X
- Q & A
Great so far
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I've been using a cycleops fluid trainer for years, first with basic garmin cadence and speed sensors and more recently (think Zwift beta time period) I added in a power meter and BT HR monitor. I was pretty happy with this setup and logged around 10k miles like this. Last year I moved from Atlanta to the Chicago area and riding indoors has become a reality throughout the week and during many weekends due to the weather.
Therefore, I was looking for something to provide motivation to get on the trainer. I started looking into smart trainers and quickly realized this is a tool that might provide the extra motivation. I looked at all the reviews on the top smart direct drive smart trainers and I went with the Hammer H2 because it has a high maximum watt output, can go up to 20% simulated slope, and other reviews I read said it has relatively good road feel. The TacX was a close second for me but the higher price point relative to performance just didn't seem worth it for me.
After owning and riding this trainer for a couple weeks I can say that I think I made the right choice. The trainer is relatively quiet (much quieter than my cycleops fluid trainer) and is barely audible over the TV and two box fans I have running while riding. I should also that set-up is super simple. rotate the crank and Zwift and Rouvy see the trainer and connect. I'm struggling to think of how it could be easier?
The difference between riding this and the cycleops fluid is night and day. I used to sit on the fluid trainer and grind away with a near constant effort for 90 minutes and beyond on Zwift. Sure it was fun but the variability that you get from riding different geography outdoors was missing. With the smart trainer and particularly this one, you get the same feel as riding outdoors and maybe more so because you get to explore places you would never ride with apps like Rouvy and Zwift. Another interesting point that I've observed is I'm able to ride in a more aggressive position (think in the drops) while on the trainer, which I was never able to do on my fluid trainer. I'm also able to ride and adjust my cadence more consistent to what I feel on the road, which was always missing with the fluid trainer (I struggled to keep a higher cadence). Ultimately, while it's a hefty price to pay, if you spend any amount of time indoors training I would highly recommend a smart trainer. I'm quite satisfied with the H2 and would recommend it to anyone who is considering buying a smart trainer. Time will tell how well it holds up. I've had great luck with my fluid trainer and I'm hoping the same quality translates to the Hammer H2.