Pedal Magazine - - Out In Front -

The Ham­mer is CycleOps’ at­tempt to re­de­fine in­door train­ing via its ul­ti­mate rid­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, one that is ver­sa­tile enough to han­dle any­thing from the most in­tense in­ter­val ses­sions to the eas­i­est of re­cov­ery rides. This di­rect-drive trainer is one of the most com­pact in its cat­e­gory due to the in­no­vated elec­tro­mag­netic re­sis­tance that pro­vides rapid-re­sis­tance re­sponse and max­i­mum power.

The di­rect-drive-style Ham­mer elim­i­nates the tire-to-roller con­tact, and is ca­pa­ble of repli­cat­ing any out­door ride, from con­ver­sa­tional group rides to rolling hills to pain-face-inducing 20% grades. This is achieved with the use of a mas­sive 20-pound pre­ci­sion-bal­anced fly­wheel, repli­cat­ing real-world in­er­tia. Cou­pled with CycleOps’ rapidresponse elec­tro­mag­netic-re­sis­tance sys­tem, re­sis­tance changes are cov­ered in the blink of an eye. The ERG mode is also an op­tion.

The Ham­mer stands out in its quiet de­liv­ery of a smooth road feel. At only 64 deci­bels, the Ham­mer was, anec­do­tally, one of the most silent of the train­ers tested. With no tire-to-roller con­tact, the Ham­mer is quite quiet and repli­cates a near-road feel whether spin­ning along at re­cov­ery pace or ham­mer­ing a sim­u­lated 14% grade in Zwift.

The Ham­mer looks good with the near-iconic CycleOps yel­low logo, a brand steeped in pre­ci­sion-power mea­sure­ment. The Ham­mer is “Pow­erTuned,” us­ing Pow­erTap power-mea­sur­ing tech­nol­ogy for ac­cu­rate power read­ings. In ad­di­tion, the trainer seam­lessly con­nects to vir­tual-train­ing apps with dual ANT+ FE-C and Blue­tooth 4.0.

This trainer has a slick fold­ing-leg de­sign that pro­vides a wide foot­print and handy stor­age for the in­te­grated front-wheel tray and in­cludes a disc-brake caliper spacer. With its ac­ces­si­ble bal­anced han­dle, the en­tire pack­age is easy to carry. The im­pres­sive axle com­pat­i­bil­ity is best in class, giv­ing you the free­dom to choose any thru-axle or quick-re­lease bike now and for years to come. Dur­ing the test, bikes needed to be swapped out, and go­ing from 135mm QR to 142mm thru-axle was a 30-sec­ond process.

Sim­ply add a cas­sette, pop off your rear wheel, con­nect to your favourite vir­tual-train­ing soft­ware and pre­pare to ham­mer away. The SRP is $1,699.

CycleOps Ham­mer

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