Wattbike Atom review

Steve Shrubsall puts his hamburger habit on hold to tuck into Wattbike’s newest home trainer

Wattbike Atom
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Cycling Weekly Verdict

Should you buy an Atom? What can it do that a regular smart trainer can’t do? Well, not a huge amount actually. But if you have a dedicated space and a few hundred extra quid then this would be a very effective weapon in your arsenal.

Reasons to buy
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    The plug-and-play simplicity.

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    Well-planted weight means you can get as brutal as you want with your intervals.

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    Much more accessible price point than previous Wattbike iterations.

Reasons to avoid
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    Gear shifts are not as fast as with a ‘real’ bike and standard smart trainer.

You can trust Cycling Weekly. Our team of experts put in hard miles testing cycling tech and will always share honest, unbiased advice to help you choose. Find out more about how we test.

As the nights draw in and the ebbing warmth of summer is replaced with an irksome north-easterly and intermittent drizzle, it only makes us human to take a look out the window and subconsciously start shaking our heads — this isn’t going to happen today, or possibly tomorrow. Hell, we may be found in here next spring having knocked the whole business on the head in exchange for a hamburger habit.

Yet technological advances have put paid to that little eventuality. It is, of course, now possible to close your door on the wind and rain and effectively train and even race in your home, garage, or shed — swapping the ambient conditions outside for a controlled and sheltered environment.

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Steve has been writing (mainly fitness features) for Cycling Weekly for 11 years. His current riding inclination is to go long on gravel bikes... which melds nicely with a love of carbs