I have been so very close to buying a smart trainer but I keep convincing myself my current Kinetic Road Machine combined with a power meter is all I need. I’m at a point I feel like I might actually buy one and I had it narrowed down to the oh so popular Kickr Core or the H2. But then I came across the R1 and I’m really liking what I see. The problem is there is very little info out there and nobody even seems to have any yet. Anyone else holding out or know anything at all about them?
If Kurt Kinetic can nail the electronics side of it, it should be a really good option. I used to use a RocknRoll before I got a Kickr and now a Tacx Neo. The RocknRoll was great and having some lateral motion really helps with saddle comfort.
That being said, Wahoo, Cycleops, and Tacx have been at the smart trainer game for a quite a while and ironed out many of the early problems. Hard to know what issues the R1 might have initially.
Another consideration is the current 20% off deals, such as Clever Training. This works on most of the trainers, including preorders for the Tacx Neo2, but apparently not for the R1.
Based on the rather issue plagued release of the prior Smart Control units from Kinetic, I would be (and I am) very hesitant to pull the trigger on the R1.
We haven’t even seen a proper test report from Ray Maker yet to know if they can get the power data correct (one of the many issues with their Smart Control units).
Those releases, and the clear issues with poor support and planning shown in their their Inride 1.0, 2.0 and now 3.0 units is a sign to me that Kinetic has some work to do when it comes to electronics and apps. They have a much more sketchy record compared to the other builders, IMHO.
Admittedly, none are perfect (as evidenced by the current Wahoo Kickr/Core issues), but Kinetic seems to have a worse track record based on what I have seen.
I think it is an interesting trainer and I want to try one, to compare feel to my rockers, but I wouldn’t touch an R1 until at least 2-3 months AFTER release and a green light from DCR.
Great points from both of you pretty much confirms my hesitation.