Zwift Hub review: Unbeatable value smart trainer

An excellent-value smart trainer that makes it easier and cheaper to begin your indoor cycling journey

Zwift Hub trainer stands on a tarmac floor in front of a white wall
(Image: © Josh Croxton)

Cyclingnews Verdict

Unquestionably the best-value smart trainer on the market right now


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    Excellent specs for the price

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    Auto calibration

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    12 months of Zwift included

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    Decent build and finish quality

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    Choose your cassette at purchase, and it comes fitted

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    Auto-calibration coming soon


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    Legs don't fold

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    No carry handle

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The Zwift Hub smart trainer launched in 2022, and was Zwift's first foray into indoor cycling hardware, having long dominated the software space with its app. 

It has now been discontinued, and replaced with the Wahoo Kickr Core Zwift One, after the two brands agreed to join forces in a partnership. If you are in the market for a new trainer, the Kickr Core is the closest model available, and can be bought with a traditional cassette or the Click and Cog virtual shifting (which was first unveiled on the Zwift Hub One. 

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Testing scorecard and notes
Ease of UseEasy to set up both hardware and software. You need to fit the legs, but that's easy and tools are included. Unlike its competition, you don't need to fit the cassette.10/10
ERG ModePower smoothing can't be switched off, but that's a personal preference. It works exactly as it should and that's all you can ask.10/10
Ride FeelThe ride inertia is a little lacking compared to the best trainers. However, its price-point competitors are similar, so it's hard to mark it down by much.9/10
Power accuracyIt offers 2.5% accuracy and I've seen no data to dispute it. It's not market-leading, but it leads this price-point.9/10
ConnectivityOffers the common protocols of Bluetooth and ANT+. I've not experienced a single problem in my testing. 10/10
NoiseHovers around 60db in my tests. While average in comparison, it's still quieter than drivetrain noise and not a problem with neighbours or family members. 10/10
StabilityPerfectly stable, even under hard efforts. No complaints here. 10/10
StorabilityAt 14.8kg, it's portable enough, but with no carry handle or folding legs, it's best left in situ if you can. 7/10
ValueAt retail price, the Zwift Hub is the best value trainer on the market.10/10
TotalRow 9 - Cell 1 94%

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Josh Croxton
Associate Editor (Tech)

Josh is Associate Editor of Cyclingnews – leading our content on the best bikes, kit and the latest breaking tech stories from the pro peloton. He has been with us since the summer of 2019 and throughout that time he's covered everything from buyer's guides and deals to the latest tech news and reviews. 

On the bike, Josh has been riding and racing for over 15 years. He started out racing cross country in his teens back when 26-inch wheels and triple chainsets were still mainstream, but he found favour in road racing in his early 20s, racing at a local and national level for Somerset-based Team Tor 2000. These days he rides indoors for convenience and fitness, and outdoors for fun on road, gravel, 'cross and cross-country bikes, the latter usually with his two dogs in tow.