Best Smart Bike for Indoor Cycling

January 10, 2024 5 min read

The best smart bike has all the features to take you from your training goals to winning in the moments that matter. From training for sportives, to improving your pedalling technique - see why the Wattbike smart bike is the first choice for every element of indoor cycling.

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Best Selling - the Wattbike Atom

The Wattbike Atom smart bike is our best selling smart bike. Our award-winning indoor bike trainer helps you properly invest in a life-time of fitness improvements. First-timers, those with some experience, and athletes all love the Atom for the same reason. This is our best smart bike, designed to provide accelerated gains in performance, power and technique - all from the comfort of your home.

The Best for Beginners

The Wattbike Atom smart bike is designed for every indoor cyclist, especially if you’re just starting out. If you’re a beginner to indoor cyclingmaking the transition from outdoor rides couldn’t be easier with the best smart bike for beginners. As a newcomer, you’ll see the benefits of indoor cycling in no time at all: 

  • Our smart bike is best for being easy to use - with a very minimal set-up.
  • Our bike fit calculator helps you recreate the position of your road bike. You’ll be pedalling in no time! 
  • Complete workouts built for a range of abilities, including beginners, with the Wattbike Hub cycling app.

You’ll find connecting to the Wattbike Hub straight-forward with our beginner’s guide to the Wattbike Hubwhich tells you exactly what to do.

Best for Zwift

The best smart bike for Zwift should be able to enhance your indoor cycling experience with virtual racing and integrated workouts. The Wattbike Atom is a Zwift certified indoor trainermeaning you can compete in the Zwift racing league and battle against other virtual riders.

On the best smart bike for Zwift, you can.

  • Find help with your fitness journey
  • Easily connect it to the Wattbike Hub to see all of your data in one place. 
  • Complete solo workouts
  • Race in virtual events
  • Create a meetup and ride with fellow enthusiasts

The best smart bike will allow you to connect to more of the best indoor cycling apps, not just Zwift. With 6 compatible indoor training appsyou’ll enhance your indoor cycling experience with the best smart bike:

  • TrainingPeaks - Find accredited coaches to support you through an indoor training plan.
  • TrainerRoad - Achieve your goals with personalised, AI-powered training.
  • Rouvy - Complete realistic virtual rides and augmented reality workouts. 
  • FulGaz - Pedal through real-world terrain with cutting edge coaching. 
  • Strava - Track, analyse and share your bike training through the fitness app.

The Best for Sportives Training

The Wattbike Atom is the essential training tool to get you sportive-ready. Training for a sportive requires the best smart bike to help you stick to your workouts and see real improvements in your technique. Whether you’re trying out a cobbled classic or completing London to Brighton, it’s essential your smart trainer can keep up with you. 

Though you’ll be out on your road bike for the race, indoor cycling can help your sportive performance with a sturdy base and the ability to train at any time. With the help of the best smart bike, you’ll be able to:

  • Test your performance
  • Recreate real-world routes from the comfort of your home
  • Improve your cycling climbing to beat those hills when it counts. 

Not only that, the Wattbike Hub features a number of workouts for sportive riders to put yourself to the test. 

Best for Upgrading from a Turbo Trainer

The Atom can enhance your training so much more than a turbo. When it comes to comparing a turbo trainer to a smart bikethe choice is clear. 

The best smart bikes allow you to: 

  • Adapt your training
  • Offer tailored data to support your fitness goals
  • Remove the hassle of connecting and disconnecting your road bike
  • Reduce the risk of potentially damaging your bike. 

If you’re used to a turbo traineryou’ll find adapting to the Atom straightforward and comfortable. It’s the best smart bike for upgrading from a turbo, without losing the real-road feel.

There are many reasons why people upgrade from a turbo trainer to a smart bikeWhen you do want to get back outdoors, your bike is ready to go, and you’ll find a smart bike considerably less bulky than a turbo. 

The Best for Real Road Feel

The Atom is designed to replicate the real-road feel of the bike you’re used to. The best smart bikes will still help you feel like you do when you’re outdoor training

The Atom uses electromagnetic resistance and in ‘ergo mode’ will adjust automatically to elevations in your virtual ride, as if you’re out on the road. 

The best smart bikes give you the control over your ride. With the Atom, like you would on your road bike, you’re able to change gears at the touch of a button with customisable virtual gearingIf you want to recreate that wind in your face feeling like you do out on the road, an indoor cycling fan can help keep you cool as you ride. 

Best for Improving Pedalling

An optimum pedalling technique, with the help of the best smart bike or real-road bike, can help you meet your power targets and refine elements of your cycling, from climbing to sprinting.

The best smart bike will help you create a balanced pedalling technique to support your indoor and outdoor training. 

Best for Time Trials 

Completing time trials on an indoor bike can help you improve your speed when it counts. The Wattbike Atom can do just that. 

When you practise indoors on the best smart bike for time trials, you’ll be able to see real benefits when you’re out on the road, battling against the clock. Indoors, there is no traffic, potholes, or other cyclists to contest with. 

To improve your speed during a time trialtry cycling for certain distances and for certain times in order to replicate the time trial you are training for. With the data harnessed from Wattbike, the Atom is the best smart bike to get you time trial ready. 

Best for Performance Testing

The accuracy of the Wattbike Atom makes it the ideal smart bike for testing. Indoor cycling helps you stay on top of your training, and the best way to do this is by testing your ability. The best smart bikes will allow you to benchmark your performance and see where you need to improve. 

Completing performance tests on the Wattbike Atom makes it easier than ever to find your Maximum Heart Rate (MHR) and optimum training zones:

  1. 20 Minute FTP Test
  2. Health Assessment Submax Test
  3. 3 Minute Test
  4. Max Ramp Test

Tailored Training with Wattbike

At Wattbike, we create the best indoor bike trainers for both professionals and amateurs, and you don’t have to just take our word for it: hear the stories of real people using WattbikeYou’ll find tailored workouts designed by performance experts to help improve your cycling for the moments that matter.

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