Pedal Magazine - - Out In Front -

The sec­ond gen­er­a­tion of Bkool’s best-sell­ing smart trainer, the Smart Pro 2, is now qui­eter. This sleek and sim­ply de­signed on-wheel trainer packs a punch, as it can sim­u­late up to 1,200 watts and slopes up to 20% with sim­u­lated in­er­tia and smart ad­just­ments on slopes thanks to the mag­net­i­cally con­trolled re­sis­tance unit.

Set-up was min­i­mal, and the ride feel is good for an on-wheel trainer, as the unique de­sign of the Bkool uses the weight of the bi­cy­cle and rider to pro­vide the fric­tion re­quired be­tween the rear tire and fly­wheel. With the unique weighted tire de­sign, you don’t have to waste time di­alling in the right amount of ten­sion on the wheel – it is per­fect ev­ery time. The tele­scop­ing legs en­sure sta­bil­ity at all times, even dur­ing the most in­tense sprints and power surges. The fold­ing swingarm and fly­wheel weigh only 12 kilo­grams, mak­ing it easy to trans­port and move around the house. Con­nect­ing to third-party apps was a lit­tle chal­leng­ing, but worked seam­lessly once I be­gan us­ing the Bkool ANT+ don­gle in­cluded with the trainer.

Sim­i­lar to all the train­ers tested, the noise level, or lack thereof, was good. Bkool claims a deci­bel level of 68 at 30kph, and in tests, I would con­cur that this is prob­a­bly pretty ac­cu­rate. The Smart Pro 2 is quiet!

In­cluded with the trainer is a one-year pre­mium sub­scrip­tion to the Bkool Sim­u­la­tor. Pick from var­i­ous op­tions, routes, work­outs, velo­drome events or video classes. There is no need to ride alone, as thou­sands of cy­clists from all over the world can ride with you. Im­prove with Bkool’s work­outs, cre­ated by ex­perts and cus­tom­ized to your pro­file. The SRP is $959.99.

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