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A good interactive trainer
Posted24 October 2016
KettrinBoy
Country : United Kingdom
Age : 45-54
Interest : Road Cyclist
Level : Advanced
Gender : Male
Budget : Value for money
"I decided to jump on the smart, interactive trainer bandwagon in preparation for the forthcoming Winter and decided on the Tacx Neo and, ordering one from a competitor. First impressions of the Tacx weren't great, I struggled to mount a cassette on the freehub, but the deal breaker was the low cadence roughness. It felt almost like pedalling a hexagonal wheel. Things improved at higher revs but I was suspicious and when the motor kicked in to keep the wheel spinning with no sign of it stopping I lost confidence in it completely and took it back.
With a £1000 voucher in my pocket I decided to give the Drivo a go. It doesn't feel quite as well put together as the Tacx, the plastic feels a little cheap in comparison, and it doesn't have the futuristic looks either. It was easy to set up though and feels much smoother at low cadence. It is fairly quiet, not that that bothers me too much, and remains smooth throughout a workout. Beware of stopping during a workout though. If you stop pedalling it is almost impossible to get the pedals turning again as the resistance is cranked up to compensate for the low cadence. If you stop for long enough it does appear to reset but I haven't done any tests to determine how long that takes.
I have used the Drivo with Zwift and Trainerroad. I had never used Zwift before and I'm not convinced how well the resistance matches the indicated gradient. Maybe I need to spend more time with it but I'm unlikely to pay for a subscription. With Trainerroad it is good to be able to just stick the bike in a gear and let the Drivo set the resistance to match the required power. I do find it harder than I expected to match my power to the required power though. My cadence remains fairly constant but the accuracy figures for a given interval are often only around 50%. Perhaps the Drivo is responding too quickly?
Overall I'm fairly happy, but I'm not sure it is worth more than a £1000."
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SRAM v Shimano

I presently have Shimano Ultegra 6600 groupset with a 12-27 rear cassette which I really like. Shimano have stopped making this casssette.

Will the SRAM cassette 12 - 27 be compatible with my present set up? Is this SRAMs 'equivalent' to ultegra range.

(I don't much want to change to the new Shimano 6700 range 11- 28 casette - too wide - and there is some doubt re compatibility anyway I believe)
Generally Shimano and SRAM drivetrain components are interchangeable. However, I have just fitted a 11-23 PG1070 cassette to an SRAM S30 Al Sprint rear wheel to run on on my Rival equipped Boardman carbon and things haven't gone smoothly. I am using an Ultegra directional chain and when running on the 11 sprocket the chain catches on one of the teeth on the 12 sprocket. Each sprocket has a tooth that points slightly towards the adjacent smaller sprocket to aid in upshifting and it is this tooth that the chain catches on. Doesn't happen on the other sprockets though and an older 11-28 OG1070 is fine.
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