I bought my current smart trainer a little over 24 months ago and have been Zwifting happily ever since. Unfortunately, last week I noticed some issues with my (direct drive) smart trainer. My power output on Zwift seemed to have dropped by about 50 Watts when doing similar efforts. I also noticed a weird ticking noise from my trainer. On taking a closer look, it appeared the drive belt for the fly wheel had some damage and tears. (See pictures attached, taken through the housing)
Is this normal ‘wear and tear’ for a trainer of 24 months? Or should consider buying my next smart trainer from a different brand?
Looking forward to reading your thoughts and opinions!