Hi Guys, I’ve upgraded from a wheel on trainer, Elite Rampa, to the Hammer…lets be realistic, the Hammer is much quicker in response than this and other smart trainers.(Even the Kickr has had to go through 3 versions to get it right. lol!)
Yes, there is a delay in changes but not as delayed as other trainers out there. The Zwift forum is loaded with issues of nearly every trainer!
There is a new firmware update for the hammer 12-12-2017 to improve this further.
I take the delay of terrain change as my momentum carrying me up and over the changing elevations, and hence this doesn’t really bother me as it mimics my real rides. If it was instant then it would feel too sudden and un-natural regarding bike rolling.
On the power setting, I left the setting at 100% for the Hammer (like when I had a Rampa), and boy, I nearly had a cardio at the mast climb! I had to reset it to around 60%, I may have to lower it further for my wife, she’ll never ride up there, she’s already mad at me for swapping the Rampa out!
One thing that I experienced this evening, I changed the battery on my Garmin HR strap and I think the extra juice impaired the Hammers Ant+ communication as I was stuck on considerable wattage going to the mast without needing to pedal! In other words, after a short burst, I freewheeled up to the mast at 261 watts without pedaling, from the village onward… Cool! This has been known to happen with a HR strap on Ant+, further riding to confirm this if it happens again?
Love my Hammer! Sorry about not adding anything technical, juts thought I’d share my experience of The Hammer and other trainers!