Cy­cleops H2 $1,619

Canadian Cycling Magazine - - IN DEPTH -

While some trainer op­tions may come with some assem­bly re­quired, the H2 comes ready out of the box. You only need to pop on a cas­sette be­fore you start spin­ning away the miles in Watopia. As far as pair­ing the trainer to pro­grams such as Zwift or Train­erroad, it was fright­en­ingly easy. The H2 in­stantly paired to my com­puter; I didn’t have to spend any time search­ing for the de­vice in my Blue­tooth set­tings. This easy setup is a big improve­ment com­pared with the first ver­sion of the Cy­cleops Ham­mer, which in my ex­pe­ri­ence, had some is­sues with sig­nal dropouts.

While the setup was easy, what re­ally im­pressed me was the ma­chine’s ride feel, thanks largely to the mas­sive 20-lb. fly­wheel within the unit. On Zwift, my ex­pe­ri­ence is much bet­ter on a di­rect-drive trainer. Is there any­thing worse than climb­ing up the Inns­bruck course and hav­ing your tire slip and squeak?

If you live in a small space, you’ll like how the H2 folds up into a com­pact pack­age that is roughly the width of size 43 shoe. The unit is also quiet enough to not wake up the per­son in the next room or to carry on a con­ver­sa­tion with some­one stand­ing be­side you. Cy­cleops says the trainer only cre­ates 64 deci­bels of noise when rid­ing at 20 m.p.h. The com­pany says it’s quiet enough to ride in a library, though most li­brar­i­ans I know would prob­a­bly shush you re­gard­less. ( cy­—dw

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