Wattbike Atom Next Generation review

We gave the original Wattbike Atom full marks – and now the Next Generation version with its upgraded resistance system is even better

Watt Bike Atom Editor's Choice
(Image credit: Wattbike)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

At £1,999 the Wattbike Atom Next Generation isn’t cheap, but does weigh in with a friendlier price tag than both Wahoo and Tacx’s dedicated smart bikes. This is a refinement of an already superb product. It’s a heavy trainer that needs assigning to a room, garage or shed, but it’s small enough to sit unobtrusively in a corner while not in use. Having already given the original Atom full marks out of 10 in 2018, unfortunately I can’t score the Next Gen an 11/10, but I would if I could...

Reasons to buy
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    Smoother, faster resistance changes

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    Better sweat protection

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Reasons to avoid
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    Would be nice to get a 'click' for a gear change

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We tried, tested and gave the original Wattbike Atom a grilling to within an inch of its life back in 2018, and it didn’t fold under questioning, earning full marks out of 10 and only causing the slightest of eyebrow raises due to a slight delay in gear transition – which in no way affected the riding or racing experience. It was quiet, smooth and pedalled to perfection, aping an outside ride with uncanny accuracy.

So when we heard that the Atom was getting an upgrade which was billed to improve the performance, our interest was officially piqued.

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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