I couldnt find any reference to a MAX wattage on the generic trainer (cant remember its exact name sorry).
Id been using that as it most closely represented my real world intensity when correlated to RPE and HR and setting a level of “4” on my indoor trainer.
However for the past few rides noticed that when sprinting the “rider image” would never stand up … and despite absolutely flooring it (and what would normally be 700+ Watts) the rider wouldnt even get out of the saddle. Times for some of the sprints were a good 5 secs more than what I could normally achieve.
Found the same on the uphill … and thought it wa sme getting worse until I noticed ity was always exactly “400W”
Why the limiter? 400W isnt that hard to hit for most trained cyclists!
Ive since changed to a different trainer and found a level which reflects my intensity.