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Turbo trainer options

So, I appear to have killed off my Elite Direto turbo trainer, which now sounds like an aeroplane taking off whenever I use it and makes disturbing clanking noises all the time. I guess it's time for a new model, and this time of the year leaving winter could be a good time to bag a bargain.

Given that I've used the Direto for about 4 years before it died, I don't think it was too bad, but I'm slightly loathe to spend a large wodge of cash on a piece of equipment which appears to be... erratic at best. None of the models available appear to have a particularly great track record, and that means it isn't worth shelling out big amounts on.

I've therefore quickly perused the interwebs and have these options:

  • Tacx Neo 2 SE - £674 at Wiggle - this is more than I want to spend really and I've had issues with Tacx in the past (Tacx Flux), but it does come with a 2 year warranty at least. I picked this one because of a steep discount from RRP and a supposedly class leading performance.
  • LifeLine Xplova NOZA S Smart Trainer - £252 at Wiggle - proper cheap skate model but looks remarkably similar to the new-ish zwift turbo trainer. Again 2 year warranty so as long as it's reliable and not bloomin awful to ride on might be a bargain
  • eBay/FB Marketplace second hand turbo trainer jobbie - things like second hand Kickr Core for around £300 - these sound good on paper, but I'm a bit concerned people are selling lemons and I'll basically be a sucker buying something that will break in no time (guess what, they've all been "rarely used" and in "exceptional" condition). Also no transferrable warranty.

Thoughts? I ride at around 200-250w and rarely sprint so the underlying spec of the machine shouldn't be an issue. But I would like something that doesn't trouble the neighbours and functions as expected (easy to connect etc.).

Tbh I hate riding indoors, but it's bearable now as I can catch up on the latest Jacob Rees Mogg show on GB news as I ride.

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