The Cycleops Powerbeam Pro VT Turbo Trainer takes indoor training to a new level. With single side bike attachment and a self-centring cone for simple set-up, you will be up and running in no time. The low centre of gravity makes it very stable in use, even when replicating hill and time trial circumstances. An added bonus is that when disassembled, the whole unit stores under the bed which is great if space is tight.
The Cycleops Powerbeam Pro VT Turbo Trainer, despite being very easy to set up and use, comes with a host of features, thanks to the supplied Joule 3.0 PowerAgent Workout software. The Joule head unit is very clean and simple with a bright colour screen that is easy to navigate. The strain gauges which are embedded in the unit give amazingly accurate power measurement and resistance control. The PowerAgent Workout software enables you to train while keeping an eye on your performance indicators. One of the nice things about the Joule unit is that not only does it track your live performance but it can also simultaneously display your historical performance indicators so you can compare the stats. This is a pretty unique feature as most cycle computers focus on gathering data in real time for later analysis.
This trainer is completely wireless so you don’t need to worry about pesky wires catching on your pedals or getting in the way. The PowerAgent Workout Creator means that any ride conditions can be replicated according to slope, power and training zones. The massive 20 hours’ riding onboard memory and a full years’ historical memory at your fingertips means that you can check your progress instantaneously on the customizable dashboard.
The Cycleops Powerbeam Pro VT Turbo Trainer is an excellent piece of kit, giving high quality build values and a sophisticated software package. It has an easy to read dashboard that promises 100% data integrity with no interference. It comes with the ANT+ heart rate and cadence sensor as well as the ANT+ USB Stick for wireless PC connection. However it is worth noting that it will also easily pair with existing ANT+ heart rate, cadence and power accessories so you don’t necessarily need to use the ones supplied.
The virtual reality software (which is Mac compatible) is a great addition to this trainer as it makes the whole experience that much more engaging. You can create routes in the VR software by uploading your GPS stats from previous rides or by using Google maps. Alternatively you can download a route from the public routes database. Essentially, there are enough routes and options to keep things interesting. The ride is enhanced as the trainer will automatically add resistance to your ride according to the terrain that you are cycling making it more realistic overall.
Overall, the Cycleops Powerbeam Pro VT Turbo Trainer is a high quality trainer that is built to last. This trainer is all about performance and with the new virtual reality software, it is also about experience. It does come with a hefty price tag but consider it a long-term investment guaranteed to perform.