Evans Cycles launches Pinnacle HC turbo trainer

With a max resistance of 2,500w and gradient of 20%, the HC punches above its weight.

Pinnacle HC Turbo
(Image credit: Evans Cycles)

Evans Cycles has launched its first own-brand turbo trainer, hoping to offer riders "access to some of the best innovation in indoor cycling at an affordable price."

With an RRP of £700 – but currently discounted to £599.99 – the Pinnacle HC Turbo Home Trainer can simulate gradients of up to 20%, provide a maximum resistance of 2,500w, and keeps noise to a low 52 db. 

These stats put it in line with some of the best turbo trainers on the market – although there are many other elements to top end turbos, such as sprinting stability, power meter accuracy, and the smoothness of the erg mode.

Transmitting over ANT+ and Bluetooth, you can pair the Pinnacle HC with a smartphone, computer or headunit for use with popular training software such as Zwift, TrainerRoad, Wahoo SYSTM, Rouvy, amongst others.

The axle height of the turbo is adjustable, making it compatible with a range of wheel diameters without the need for a riser block. Weighing in at 15kg, the Pinnacle HC Turbo Home Trainer is light enough to transport and move around the home. 

Pinnacle HC Turbo Home Trainer: £700.00

Pinnacle HC Turbo Home Trainer: £700.00 £599.99 Save £100.01 With a 5.7kg flywheel, Evans says the Pinnacle HC Turbo "provides the ideal amount of inertia for a realistic experience."

Own brand trainers

This isn't the first time we've seen a own-brand trainer of this spec. Taiwanese brand Xplova produces the Noza S Smart Trainer (read our review here) which is sold by retail giant, Wiggle, under its Lifeline range of products

The Lifeline Xplova Noza S – like the Pinnacle HC – claims a maximum resistance of 2,500w and transmits over both ANT+ and Bluethooth. However, it is more modest in its claims of a 18% simulated incline and 58db noise levels.

Unlike the Pinnacle HC turbo trainer, the Lifeline unit details its claimed power meter accuracy (+/-2.5%)  and its axle compatibility (quick release as well as 12x142mm and 12x148mm thru axle).

LifeLine Xplova Noza S Smart Trainer £699.99

LifeLine Xplova Noza S Smart Trainer £699.99 £379.99 Save £320 With an RRP of £699.99, the Lifeline Xplova NOZA S matches the full price of the Pinnacle HC Turbo. That said, currently the Pinnacle turbo is only discounted to £599.99, while Lifeline's is £379.99.

For more information of turbo trainers and what to look for, our detailed buying guide to the best turbo trainers can be found over here.

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Stefan Abram
Tech features editor

After winning the 2019 National Single-Speed Cross-Country Mountain Biking Championships and claiming the plushie unicorn (true story), Stefan swapped the flat-bars for drop-bars and has never looked back. 

Since then, he’s earnt his 2ⁿᵈ cat racing licence in his first season racing as a third, completed the South Downs Double in under 20 hours and Everested in under 12.

But his favourite rides are multiday bikepacking trips, with all the huge amount of cycling tech and long days spent exploring new roads and trails - as well as histories and cultures. Most recently, he’s spent two weeks riding from Budapest into the mountains of Slovakia

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