Saris H3 Smart Trainer and TD1 Trainer Desk review

The third iteration of the Saris Hammer is among the best direct-drive smart turbo trainers available and the TD1 desk complements the package

Saris H3 turbo trainer review
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Cyclingnews Verdict

The Saris H3 smart turbo trainer offers realistic pedalling feel and impressive accuracy at a price that undercuts some of its rivals


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    Heavy flywheel provides realistic road feel

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    Cheaper than its competition

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    Integrated cadence


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    Cassette not included

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As cyclists of the world are collectively forced inside right now owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us are finding new value in indoor cycling. What was once only a necessity for the worst winter climates is now a reality for most of the world. The best turbo trainers make riding indoors not just tolerable but a downright good time. Social distancing might mean a lot of isolation but the right tools bring group rides back, even if they are virtual.

Saris might not be the most well known smart trainer brand around but it isn't new to the space either. Launched in 2019, the Saris H3 is an evolution of the CycleOps Hammer, first released in 2016. The company underwent a name change in 2019 after selling off PowerTap to SRAM and scrapped the CycleOps moniker altogether.

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