New Year’s resolution to ride more? These are the best smart trainer deals at every price point to turbo-charge your fitness

Big savings across wheel-on and direct drive trainers

Male cyclist using an indoor cycling rocker plate
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For many cyclists, their two-wheeled new year resolutions are simple. Ride more. But like any commitment, it's often easier said than done.

A new calendar year brings much promise. It also typically brings some pretty unpleasant weather if your hobbies involve spending time outdoors. Nothing tests your resolve quite like riding for three hours in the howling wind and rain, with temperatures hovering around freezing point. Which is where indoor trainers come in.

A turbo trainer is likely the best way to get you riding more in January and beyond. It allows you to supplement your outdoor cycling with focussed efforts as well as being a more appealing option for many when the weather is especially foul. 

To help you with your fitness goals, we've selected six of the best deals on trainers ahead of the January sales. We've split these into wheel-on and direct drive smart trainers to take in to account varying budgets - and we've also divided the deals in to US and UK retailers.

If you're ready to shop, read on. If you need a little more thinking time, then why not check our buyers guide to the best smart indoor trainers?

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US indoor trainer deals: Our picks

Garmin Tacx Boost:was $299.99now $179.99 at Competitive Cyclist

Garmin Tacx Boost: was $299.99, now $179.99 at Competitive Cyclist

Wheel-on trainers are more affordable than their direct drive counterparts, making them a good choice if you're on a budget or just starting out. This offering from Tacx features manual resistance control that puts you in charge, with said resistance in a closed unit for a quieter ride. It can be connected to your devices via Bluetooth Smart and ANT+. and comes with a front wheel block. Currently with 40% off retail. 

UK: was £229.99, now £179.99 at Amazon

Garmin Tacx Flux S:was $749.99now $499.99 at Backcountry

Garmin Tacx Flux S: was $749.99, now $499.99 at Backcountry

In our guide to the best cheap smart trainers, we gave the nod to the Flux S as the best overall direct-drive model. It simulates climbs up to 10% and watts up to 1,500, and delivers a solid and realistic ride - though its stability means it's pretty heavy. Currently with 33% off retail, it's a great way to enjoy the benefits of a direct-drive trainer without breaking the bank.

UK: was £599, now £449 at Sigma Sports

Garmin Tacx Neo 2T:was $1,399.99now $899.99 at Backcountry

Garmin Tacx Neo 2T: was $1,399.99, now $899.99 at Backcountry

Another offering from Tacx. This is its range-topping direct drive turbo - and it shows. It has a max power of 2,200 watts, measured to a +/- 1% accuracy,  and can simulate climbs up to 25% - and it has an in-built rocker too.. You can read our in depth review of the Neo 2T for more detail but we especially liked the cobble effect feature. Currently with 35% off retail, which brings this flagship trainer well under $1000.

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UK indoor trainers: Our picks

Wahoo Kickr Snap:was £429.99now £249.00 at Sigma Sports

Wahoo Kickr Snap: was £429.99, now £249.00 at Sigma Sports

While typically  it's one of the more expensive wheel-on options, with 42% off it becomes a far more palatable. The Snap is both Bluetooth and ANT+  compatible making it a breeze to sync with your favourite devices. It's 1500 watts max power and 12% simulated incline are similar to entry level direct drive trainers, as is its general ride quality. 

Elite Directo-XR T direct drive trainer: was £829.99now £489.99 at Tredz

Elite Directo-XR T direct drive trainer: was £829.99, now £489.99 at Tredz

While this isn't Elite's entry-level direct drive trainer, this deal on the top-tier Directo-XR T is so good it means that you can pick it up for just a few pounds more than the brands 'cheaper' trainers. Well-suited to powerful riders and climbers alike thanks to 3,600 max watts and a simulated gradient of up to 24%. Currently with almost £400 off retail. 

Tacx Neo 2 Special Edition direct drive trainer:was £1,199.99now £649.99 at Wiggle

Tacx Neo 2 Special Edition direct drive trainer: was £1,199.99, now £649.99 at Wiggle

This is quite the deal, delivering a top-end direct drive trainer for under £700. The Neo 2 SE combines the internal workings of the Neo 2 with the axle of the Neo 2T. That means you get 2,200 max watts, incline gradients of up to 25% alongside compatibility with 142x12mm and 148x12mm axles straight out of the box. 

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Luke Friend has worked as a writer, editor and copywriter for twenty five years. Across books, magazines and websites, he's covered a broad range of topics for a range of clients including Major League Baseball, the National Trust and the NHS. He has an MA in Professional Writing from Falmouth University and is a qualified bicycle mechanic. He has been a cycling enthusiast from an early age, partly due to watching the Tour de France on TV. He's a keen follower of bike racing to this day as well as a regular road and gravel rider.