CycleOps was one of the earliest manufacturers of indoor trainers starting first with fluid trainers circa 1995 then redesigning them into the Fluid2 and then later CycleOps were the first company to bring electronic wired indoor trainers and smart trainers. Now CycleOps has joined Wahoo and Tacx in offering a direct drive electronically controlled indoor trainer and have named it – The Hammer.
Like other direct drive trainers you remove the rear wheel off your bike and place the bike on the CycleOps Hammer direct drive trainer then secure the quick release, and here’s where The Hammer has got one over the competition. The Hammer will not only fit 130mm and 135mm quick release axles, it will also fit bikes that use thru-axle bike frames with widths of 142mm or 148mm.
The Hammer has integrated dual ANT+ FE-C and Bluetooth enabling the rider to use it with any of the virtual training platforms including CycleOps own CycleOps VirtualTraining, TrainerRoad, Zwift and others.
CycleOps Hammer Direct Drive Trainer Specifications
Compatible with 130mm and 135mm quick release axles, and thru-axle bike frames with widths of 142mm or 148mm.
Integrated dual ANT+ FE-C and Bluetooth allowing trainer control and data broadcast via third party apps.
A class leading 9.1kg (20lbs) flywheel, as a comparison the Wahoo KICKR is 5.7kg (12.5lbs).
Capable of 2,000 watts at 32kph (20mph) and can simulate up to 20% gradient.
Folding legs for stability and for ease of packing away.
Wireless firmware updates via Bluetooth 4.0.
136kg (300 lb) maximum load – excluding bicycle.
Compatible with Shimano cassettes form 8-11 speed.
Weight 21.3kg (47lbs).
Comparison of the CycleOps Hammer to the Wahoo KICKR and Tacx Neo
|Feature||CycleOps Hammer||Wahoo Kickr||Tacx Neo|
|Flywheel Weight||9.1kg (20lbs)||5.7kg (12.5lbs)||Simulated|
|Max Wattage||2,000 watts||1,550 watts||2,200 watts|
|Axle Compatibility||130-135 quick release,
142-148 thru axle
|130-142mm quick release||130-135mm quick release|
|Size Open||78.7cm x 47cm x 49.5cm
(31″ x 18.5″ x 19.5″)
|68.6cm x 53.3cm x 50.8cm
(27″ x 21″ x 20″)
|74.9cm x 58.4cm x 54.6cm
(29.5″ x 23″ x 21.5″)
|Size Folded||20.3cm x 47cm x 49.5cm
(8″ x 18.5″ x 19.5″)
|21.6cm x 53.3cm x 50.8cm
(8.5″ x 21″ x 20″)
|25.4cm x 63.5cm x 54.6cm
(10″ x 25″ x 21.5″)
The CycleOps Hammer has two support legs for stability that fold away for easy storage.
The CycleOps Hammer direct drive trainer should be available during northern hemisphere fall or southern hemisphere spring.