JetBlack WhisperDrive Smart review

JetBlack's self-powered smart trainer is a bit lighter than some and it's lighter on the pocket too – is it a match for the heavyweights?

JetBlack WhisperDrive Smart
Cycling Weekly Verdict

The JetBlack is ambitious, innovative and very competitively priced. It doesn't react as quickly to changes in gradient or wattage as some, but that's due to it being self-powered. However, that's not a deal breaker and if you want to train in a shed without mains hook-up it’s the answer to your prayers. The app is a little buggy at the moment – though we expect that to be fixed.

Reasons to buy
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    Doesn't need mains power

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    Competitively priced

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    Good 'road' feel

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    Not ridiculously heavy to move

Reasons to avoid
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    App isn't quite there yet

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    Motor slow to react to wattage/gradient changes

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    Some unresolved resistance issues

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The Australian brand entered the smart trainer market this year with the JetBlack WhisperDrive Smart, which is compact next to the heavyweights of its category such as the Tacx Neo and CycleOps Hammer. However, it comes with a big USP: it doesn’t require an external power source so can be used anywhere.

It also has a USB port so you can charge up a device while you’re riding. It makes total sense to redirect the energy generated by pedalling straight back into the trainer itself.

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