Smart Trainer choice? Lynx?

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luvapharm
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Smart Trainer choice? Lynx?

Post by luvapharm » Sun Nov 11, 2018 1:57 pm

I'm looking to buy a smart trainer very shortly. I have cut down my options to the Lynx or Neo. I'm looking for some Lynx users to share their thoughts on the Lynx. Obviously the reviews on the Lynx are sparse (compared to other brands) but the trainer seems to be rock solid. If some of you had the opportunity to use both styles, Lynx and direct drive, I would really appreciate the feedback. I am just eager to ride on a top notch trainer and ride the amazing videos of Veloreality.

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Re: Smart Trainer choice? Lynx?

Post by Bradox78 » Mon Nov 12, 2018 8:32 am

I have owned the Lynx v1 for 4 years and I am extremely satisfied with this device.

First of all, and this is extremely important for me because I live in an apartment, the Lynx is very quiet.

Then, it's an extremely solid and reliable home-trainer, I've never had the least problem in 4 years and several hundred hours of use.

The fact that the rear of the bike is not clamped is also very pleasant and makes it possible to restore a more natural pedaling feeling.

And finally, the pedaling simulation and the effort to be produced are extremely close to reality, see my post on the subject here :

https://veloreality.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=141

In fact, the only problem with the Lynx is its price. But that may be the price to pay for a product of this quality.



Another review of the Lynx can be read here:

https://titaniumgeek.com/veloreality-ly ... gear-test/
Lynx VR Trainer v1 - PowerTap G3 Alloy Rear Wheel - Garmin GSC-10 speed/cadence sensor and heart rate monitor - Dynastream ANTUSB-m stick - Asus Vivo PC X (Intel Core i5-7300HQ, GeForce GTX 1060, 8 GB RAM, 128 GB SSD, 1 TB HDD, Win10 64 bits).

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Re: Smart Trainer choice? Lynx?

Post by luvapharm » Mon Nov 12, 2018 4:56 pm

Thanks Bradox78,

Did you ever had the chance to ride on a direct drive such as the Wahoo kikkre, Neo Smart, Cycleops H, etc? These units seem reliable, but being Canadian I would like to buy "locally" if possible. For sure the price is about ++33% more...but if the quality of the product and the ride is there...then it might worth every penny. Any issue with the bike and the front fork attached to the trainer while pushing hard?

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Re: Smart Trainer choice? Lynx?

Post by admin » Tue Nov 13, 2018 7:31 am

luvapharm wrote:
Mon Nov 12, 2018 4:56 pm
...Any issue with the bike and the front fork attached to the trainer while pushing hard?
Fork experiences way more load during regular riding (braking, cornering, potholes etc. etc).
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Re: Smart Trainer choice? Lynx?

Post by coors » Tue Nov 13, 2018 1:18 pm

Review of lynx trainer
I had been using a computrainer for 15+ years until computrainer went out of business
I have been using the Lynx trainer for about 2 years now
first and foremost the support for the trainer and the software is exceptional.
once set up it is extremely easy to use. Just need to check tire pressures before riding, just like riding outdoors, just as easy
little wear on the rear tire
very realistic and responsive. If you would like I could post the rapid variability of the trainer to power demands as compared to the Kickr(which samples less frequently than the Lynx)
the rear tire moves freely so there is no discomfort to hips and legs when pushing hard against an immovable rear wheel, or in case of direct drive, minute motions of the rear drive
realistic feel to climbing. On steep grades 10% or greater can get out of the saddle and do hard efforts without any problems or movements of the trainer. Same for hard sprints or VO2 max and neuromuscular workouts.
Built like a tank. No comparison to the the kickr even though the Kickr is extremely well built( I understand you are asking about the Neo).
I had to move the trainer after using it for about 1 year. I removed the top casing to check for dust, tire wear etc. There was minimal rubber from tire wear in the mechanism and it was easily removed with an air can. this was later rectified by a more accurate placement of the rear wheel over the middle of the rolling drum. (hint, it would be a great addition if they supplied a jig that included a plumb weight that made it easier to put on and off different bikes to align the rear wheel to the middle of the drum more accurately)
It includes it own internal fan so if you find yourself grinding up step grades at a low cadence the fan automatically kicks in to prevent overheating.
The Lynx is an industrial machine. It would be worthwhile to really download the manual and review it in depth. Some of the reviews that are available do not do it justice. You can pair your power meter to the software so it it changes power output based on your power meter rather than on the internal Lynx power meter.
Easy to raise the front wheel and recalibrate the trainer, for climbing simulation
Calibration of the trainer is slick. This seems like such a non issue however after calibrating the computrainer for so many years and then having the Lynx do what I would consider an autocalibration is very cool. You also do not have to calibrate it very often.
To use the Lynx with external programs, they use a software bridge. The interface for the bridge looks very intimidating and for some reason I feel like I need to adjust parameters on it or wait for some ability to be provided numbers to put in based on certain training parameters, such as track mode, air friction coefficient etc, Not sure why it is so complex looking.
The only sound of the trainer is the rear wheel and the chain, and of course the fan.
Provides excellent feedback if something is not working right
This is a well worth investment keep in mind people spend thousands of dollars on wheels. this is built to last a lifetime.
No affiliation, just a happy customer

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Re: Smart Trainer choice? Lynx?

Post by luvapharm » Tue Nov 13, 2018 5:13 pm

coors wrote:
Tue Nov 13, 2018 1:18 pm
Review of lynx trainer
I had been using a computrainer for 15+ years until computrainer went out of business
I have been using the Lynx trainer for about 2 years now
first and foremost the support for the trainer and the software is exceptional.
once set up it is extremely easy to use. Just need to check tire pressures before riding, just like riding outdoors, just as easy
little wear on the rear tire
very realistic and responsive. If you would like I could post the rapid variability of the trainer to power demands as compared to the Kickr(which samples less frequently than the Lynx)
the rear tire moves freely so there is no discomfort to hips and legs when pushing hard against an immovable rear wheel, or in case of direct drive, minute motions of the rear drive
realistic feel to climbing. On steep grades 10% or greater can get out of the saddle and do hard efforts without any problems or movements of the trainer. Same for hard sprints or VO2 max and neuromuscular workouts.
Built like a tank. No comparison to the the kickr even though the Kickr is extremely well built( I understand you are asking about the Neo).
I had to move the trainer after using it for about 1 year. I removed the top casing to check for dust, tire wear etc. There was minimal rubber from tire wear in the mechanism and it was easily removed with an air can. this was later rectified by a more accurate placement of the rear wheel over the middle of the rolling drum. (hint, it would be a great addition if they supplied a jig that included a plumb weight that made it easier to put on and off different bikes to align the rear wheel to the middle of the drum more accurately)
It includes it own internal fan so if you find yourself grinding up step grades at a low cadence the fan automatically kicks in to prevent overheating.
The Lynx is an industrial machine. It would be worthwhile to really download the manual and review it in depth. Some of the reviews that are available do not do it justice. You can pair your power meter to the software so it it changes power output based on your power meter rather than on the internal Lynx power meter.
Easy to raise the front wheel and recalibrate the trainer, for climbing simulation
Calibration of the trainer is slick. This seems like such a non issue however after calibrating the computrainer for so many years and then having the Lynx do what I would consider an autocalibration is very cool. You also do not have to calibrate it very often.
To use the Lynx with external programs, they use a software bridge. The interface for the bridge looks very intimidating and for some reason I feel like I need to adjust parameters on it or wait for some ability to be provided numbers to put in based on certain training parameters, such as track mode, air friction coefficient etc, Not sure why it is so complex looking.
The only sound of the trainer is the rear wheel and the chain, and of course the fan.
Provides excellent feedback if something is not working right
This is a well worth investment keep in mind people spend thousands of dollars on wheels. this is built to last a lifetime.
No affiliation, just a happy customer
Coors, thanks a lot for the info... very helpful

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Re: Smart Trainer choice? Lynx?

Post by Bradox78 » Wed Nov 14, 2018 7:38 pm

luvapharm wrote:
Mon Nov 12, 2018 4:56 pm
...Any issue with the bike and the front fork attached to the trainer while pushing hard?
No problem at all (carbon fork) ;)
Lynx VR Trainer v1 - PowerTap G3 Alloy Rear Wheel - Garmin GSC-10 speed/cadence sensor and heart rate monitor - Dynastream ANTUSB-m stick - Asus Vivo PC X (Intel Core i5-7300HQ, GeForce GTX 1060, 8 GB RAM, 128 GB SSD, 1 TB HDD, Win10 64 bits).

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