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.