Decathlon enters the indoor smart trainer market with a range of Zwift compatible products
The range-topping Domyos Challenge 1500W comes in at under £1,000 with even more budget friendly trainers in its line up
Junior Tech Writer
Decathlon's own brand Van Rysel has released some great value indoor smart trainers
Decathlon is currently undergoing a revamp to its cycling offering.
Along with becoming a title sponsor of Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale WorldTour team, the chain is looking to become a market leader in the performance cycling sector. Part of this new development is a range of well-priced and feature-packed indoor trainers.
At the budget end of the spectrum is the Van Rysel D100 interactive turbo trainer. At just £239.99 this is one of the cheapest avenues into smart training currently on the market. There are some drawbacks with the trainer as it can only simulate gradients of up to 6% and has a maximum power resistance of 600 watts however, for the price it is hard to argue with.
The cheapest interactive smart trainer from the brand has its limitations but represents remarkable value
Stepping it up a notch in regards to both the cost and the functionality is the Van Rysel D500 trainer. This unit retails for £449.99 and comes with far more functionality than the cheaper D100 model. With a maximum resistance of 1,500 watts and the capability of simulating 12% gradients, this represents a far more useable package for the serious cyclist.
The third and final model in the Van Rysel collection is the D900 which increases in price to £549.99. This trainer is capable of providing a simulated resistance to mimic 20% slopes as well as being able to deliver 2,000 watts of resistance to the rider.
Decathlon also has a smart indoor bike available from the in-house brand Domyos. The Challenge 1500W is a complete indoor bike set-up that can provide 1500 watts of resistance. At 63 kilos it would be a permanent fixture to any pain cave, however at £999.99 it represents very good value compared to the alternatives on the market. According to Decathlon the added weight gives 'unbeatable stability' which sounds ideal for those high-end sprint workouts.
Retailing at £999 the Domyos Challenge 1500W seems to represent excellent value
All of the trainers can be paired to indoor training platforms such as Zwift however the Challenge 1500 also comes with 40 workouts to follow along integrated into the bike straight out of the box.
If you are new to indoor riding or simply aren’t sure if it is something for you, these offerings allow you to give smart training a go without having to break the bank. Have you used any of the Van Rysel trainers, let us know how you find it in the comments section below.
Junior Tech Writer
Alex writes for the GCN editorial tech with a passion for all things bike tech.