|Bike Type||Road Bike|
|Size||No Casstte Installed|
|Number of Items||1|
|Number of Pieces||1|
|Included Components||CycleOps Hammer trainer|
|Manufacturer||Saris Cycling Group|
|Item Model Number||9810|
|Product Dimensions||58.42 x 33.02 x 58.42 cm; 20.87 Kilograms|
CycleOps Hammer Direct Drive Smart Trainer
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- Advanced Direct drive Technology for the top rated bicycle Trainer brand in the world
- Innovative electro-magnetic resistance provides instant resistance and maximum watts for your ride
- Connects with all virtual Trainer apps and software that are supported through BLE and ANT+
- Designed and manufactured in Madison, WI
- Lifetime warranty
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While your friends painstakingly negotiate with neighbors and significant others for limited hours of ear-assaulting wheel-mounted indoor trainer time or risk frost bite to round out the required ride time, you'll be dialed in and crushing out watts on your CycleOps Hammer Direct Drive Trainer. The direct drive design saves wheel and tire wear for the road and carries claims of being "quiet enough to ride in a library," which means you can get your intervals in and keep important relationships intact. The secret to the Hammer is a massive, 20-pound flywheel that utilizes electromagnetic resistance to deliver a smooth, realistic riding experience. While no indoor trainer can ever exactly mirror outdoor ride feel, the Hammer is about as close as you can get. It's able to simulate riding grades of up to 20% and is built to handle up to 2,000 watts, which means even the best pro riders won't be able to max the Hammer out. For the rest of us, it means that this trainer has the range of capability to knock out any workout intensity our coach adds to the schedule. Using PowerTap technology, the Hammer is PowerTuned to provide power readings with a +/-3% accuracy while internal cooling mechanisms ensure readings aren't impacted by heat so your data stays consistent across the duration of each ride. It transmits speed and power data to head units and devices via ANT+ FE-C and Bluetooth 4. 0 protocols, allowing you to read data real time and connect with third-party software and virtual training applications for an interactive training experience. The CycleOps Hammer Direct Drive Trainer includes a Shimano-splined freehub compatible with 8-11 speed cassettes. As an added touch, an integrated front wheel tray nestles neatly in the trainer for quick storage and easy access to the appropriate front wheel height when in use.
From the manufacturer
The perfect addition to any athlete's toolbox.
Versatile and Easy to Use
Simply add a cassette, pop off your rear wheel, and connect to your favorite virtual training app.
Replicate Any Outdoor Ride
Simulate easy group rides, rolling hills, or pain face inducing 20% grades.
Revolutionary Axle Compatibility
Choose any thru-axle or quick release bike now and for years to come.
- Noise level at 20 mph is a quiet 64 decibels.
- Uses PowerTap technology for accurate power readings.
- Integrated dual ANT+ FE-C and Bluetooth 4.0 technologies.
- Compatible with Zwift, TrainerRoad and many more.
- Folding legs provide added stability and easy storage.
Precision Balanced Flywheel
Provides quiet, vibration free and true-to-the-road riding experience.
Handles up to 2000 watts at 20 mph and can simulate up to a 20% climbing grade.
Direct Drive Design
Directly connects the bicycle to the resistance unit, eliminating tire wear.
Internally Cooling Technology
Ensures accurate ride data even during the hardest of workouts.
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I have experienced several issues at the beginning:
1) dropping signal and loosing resistance after 10 or 15 minutes in all 3 apps I was using
2) uncomfortable feeling of imbalance when riding and difficulty to perfectly level my Hammer (place it evenly) on the floor
3) pain in my saddle after about 30 minutes of constant riding without any breaks in pedalling and without standing off the saddle.
Hopefully I have resolved issues no 1 and 2. Solution for the issue no 1 was buying USB 3.0 6 meters long extension cable and placing ANT+ dongle just next to the Hammer - no single signal drop since doing that, so I highly recommend this solution to anybody experiencing similar issue with the Cycleops Hammer!
It took just to get used to riding on the trainer and to better adjust legs supporting extensions in order to resolve issue no 2.
Unfortunately I have not resolved issue no 3 yet, despite ordering and using quality padded cycling shorts and reasonable quality saddle (Selle Royal Respiro Moderate - I'm using slightly higher stem than regular MTB and closer to 60 degrees than 45 position, so wider model of the saddle than my original MTB Scott which gave up couple of years ago but unfortunately wider saddle is not helping to reduce pain when riding constantly on the trainer). I just have done my research on other types of saddles recommended and just have ordered completely different type of saddle which is Brooks B17, hopefully it will finally give me opportunity to resolve issue no 3 as well.
I have also considered ordering or building DIY rocker plate which seems to be becoming popular recently. It should add some rocking movement to the still saddle position which could perhaps help to reduce pain due to changing pressure points etc. however after some research and consideration I have decided that commercially available products are not tailored well enough to Hammer's design (Cycleops guys have not released their plate yet) and attaching Hammer to rocking platform by just fabric belts / straps or similar things is not firmly enough. Similar thing with available DIY designs - Hammer seems to be much less rocking plate friendly designed than some other smart trainers. And on top of that all - I would feel not comfortable on the rocking trainer anyway, despite saddle pain, I do really feed good sitting kind of still and do not feel the need to mimic real life riding / technique nor doing any rapid accelerations with standing and rocking my bike etc.
As far as riding in Zwift or VirtueGo in regular mode is concerned (erg mode is not my thing), I can confirm that there is always few seconds delay between acceleration put on the pedals and acceleration registered and shown by the app and also between change of the elevation visible on the screen and resistance change felt on the pedals. It could be an issue for pros and ones with competitive approach but no issue whatsoever for casual riders like myself.
Overall I'm vary pleased with Hammer, giving 4 stars, not 5 due to necessity of buying and using USB extension cable (which was not that cheap). Highly recommended for casual and amateur indoor bikers and even for more serious cyclists too, perhaps just not for sprinters, real sport pros and highly competitive folks.
FINAL UPDATE - After a year of owning a Hammer, I finally gave up on Cycleops and their ability to write an effective Firmware update to solve the zero watt dropout and lag issues. Sold my Hammer in January and bought a KICKR. Spent about 500 bucks on the swap. Since then, Cycleops issued another Firmware update and supposedly fixed the dropout issue. It sounds like they finally figured it out which is great for Hammer users. I love my KICKR. Same room, same computer, same ANT+ dongle, etc... and it works flawlessly. Fun to race on Zwift again!
UPDATE - I have been asked by a few people if I am still having the zero watt dropout problem mentioned below, and sad to say I still have the problem. I always keep my Firmware up to date (currently 31.036). Search the support blog on Zwift for Cycleops Hammer and you will see that many are having the exact same issues. I still use the Hammer quite a bit during the winter but racing is almost impossible for me due to zero watt dropouts. I really hope Cycleops can resolve this annoyance. I don't want to sound too negative - it's a solid smart trainer, but it still needs some software tweaking IMO.
Put about 100 miles on this since it arrived a week ago so this is an early review. I will try to update again after a month or so.
The Hammer is built like a tank! Kind of heavy to move around but I prefer something that might survive hours of indoor "hammering". I am built like a rugby player so this is a big deal for me. I had a spare SRAM Red 11 cassette and it was honestly easy to install providing you have the tools and know how to change cassettes. The legs swing out easily and adjust well so you don't have lateral movement. Nothing else to do but jump on and ride.
I use Zwift and the experience is awesome! I have used dumb trainers in the past and I got bored really fast. The Hammer along with Zwift keeps me engaged and focused. I really prefer to ride outdoors year around but the weather has been tough this fall/winter. The watt readings seem very close to reality and the feedback on climbs and descents feels natural. My old trainers hurt my knees on the apex of the pedal stroke when dialed up to max but the Hammer flywheel seems to carry the momentum through the entire revolution - just like outside. I have peaked at 950 watts so far and sustained 500 watts several times. It doesn't heat up at all and seems to handle sprints just fine. As for noise, this is extremely quiet compared to my traditional trainer.
Everyone knows that indoor training can be boring and a pain, but the Hammer is a great tool to hopefully help the cycling maniac get through the winter months!
UPDATE - I have put just over 1000 miles on my Hammer so far. It's still solid and stable mechanically but problems have surfaced when interacting with Zwift. The reason I bought an expensive "smart" trainer is to help with the immersive aspect of indoor training. The Hammer has 2 major issues. First, there is a lag issue where the resistance (on steeper hills) in Zwift will not be felt on the Hammer for a few seconds and then will not get easier at the crest of the hill for a few seconds. It is very unnatural when in races or group rides. Secondly, there is a bad issue where wattage will suddenly drop to zero when changing gears on a climb. I have had multiple issues with this and it's extremely frustrating to come to a stop on a Zwift climb even though I am still cranking away at full effort. It only lasts for a second or so but, once again, this is a major problem when competing. Technical stuff - I have updated the Firmware to v31.31. I have verified with Zwift that my internet, ping, and ANT+ are all functioning correctly. My ANT+ dongle is directly under my left chainstay. I calibrate on the CVT app frequently. My Hammer LED light stays solid white during these adverse events mentioned above.
Search around on the internet and you will see that many others are having the exact same issues and frustrations.
Cycleops said they are aware of these issues. Hopefully they can fix it with a Firmware update soon. I am going from 5 to 3 stars for now and that might be generous.....
The trainer is heavy, like really heavy. Its both heavy to lift and a solid piece of machinery. I would suggest a trainer mat under it to protect your floors.
The Bad: This trainer has connection issues, Ant+ seems to drop off after 20-30 min ride and WILL NOT come back for that ride. (will connect next ride then disconnect to start the cycle over again) Can switch over to Bluetooth, but that will drop in and out during your ride, but is mostly pretty reliable. If you use Ant+ you will need a dongle and extension cable to place the Ant+ connection as close to the trainer as possible to prevent dropout.
The Good: This trainer is good, its strong, it's sturdy, it's quiet, when it works, it works great. You can go full gas on this thing and it will take it and keep going... as long as the connection hold. I have done 3 hour rides on the trainer and as long as the connection holds, have had ZERO problems. In that aspect, its great!
I think this is an amazing trainer, if you get one that doesn't have connection issues, your going to get an amazing trainer. If you're looking at this trainer, look at ALL the competition and prices prior to making your purchase, if this still seems like the best bet, go for it. But do ALL YOUR HOMEWORK first.