Using a powermeter and a classic "dumb" trainer together allows you to record your ride data and connect to compatible training apps. So what's the big deal with smart trainers? Read on to understand how smart, dynamic resistance control affects your training experience.
SMART: ERG mode keeps you accountable, making sure you hit every power target in a planned interval workout by increasing the resistance if you slow down, and easing up when you pedal faster. Just focus on putting out watts, and let the trainer and app take care of the rest.
Powermeter: Keep an eye on your power data and your training plan to make sure you are hitting your interval targets.
SMART: Fliiiight simulates hills by increasing and decreasing your resistance to match the current grade, making for an immersive experience. Use your gears exactly as you would outdoors.
Powermeter: Your avatar will still move across the simulated course in proportion to your power and the current grade, but the trainer doesn't vary resistance. That means you won't feel the hills or have a chance to practice shifting.