I’m planning to move from a “dumb trainer” set up (Kinetic Road Machine with Inride sensor) to a direct drive smart trainer. I have a little cash right now and have been using the trainer quite a bit living in northern Minnesota, so I’ve been looking at the top smart trainers. I’m leaning toward the Tacx Neo 2T or the Wahoo Kickr v5 2020. The Neo has little features I find intriguing - particularly the downhill drive simulation. I also like that it flexes a bit and has the responsive virtual flywheel. I’m wondering if the downhill drive provides some advantages for racing. It seems being able to rest a little more on the downhills would be an advantage. More importantly, I’m assuming the responsiveness of the power and flywheel may be an even greater benefit for racing going from a dumb trainer to a good smart trainer. I’ve gotten pretty used to racing with a dumb trainer and powering up little inclines, trying to rest a little by backing off on the downhills, but you’re always pedaling, there’s really not really much time to rest on a dumb trainer, but I can make up some time on the downhills. Plus, I’m a really poor racer. Maybe a smart trainer could help me improve?
So, any advice for someone going from a dumb trainer to a smart trainer for racing? What things are easier on a smart trainer and what things might be harder on a smart trainer as opposed to a dumb trainer? Which trainer do you feel might be better for racing on Zwift - the Tacx Neo 2T or the Wahoo Kickr? Or, is there another smart trainer out there that’s even better for racing on Zwift? Any help with any of this would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!