Thank jdbracken - the Tax Flux direct drive smart trainer is still over 1k here in Australia and probably a little higher than requried for my needs. I’m after something that is hopefully a little more affordable.
I believe any of the cycleops trainers are also compatible with Boost when you use the adapter thru-axle. I’ve been using the gen 1 Magnus smart trainer and have loved it. I had used the Fluid2 with virtual power and that also was a great set up as well.
I have tried XC mountain bike tires (noisy) and road slick tires (slips and wears), neither have worked well. I’ve use the following for the past year and it’s great. It looks as new as the day I bought it and never slips or shreds. I inflate it to a 100 psi.
Get a trainer tire. The cycle ops M2 if you have those funds available is the way to go. Kickr snap would be a great option but website says no boost option. Also Cycleops does a 20% discount couple times a year so it’s an even better deal if you can wait for that to happen.
I’m still using my Qubo Power Fluid with added adapter kit for boost spacing. It works fairly well with the virtual power feature if you’re on a budget. Not really accurate, but perfectly fine for training with TR.
The adapter kit works well enough on my Scott Spark RC carbon rear triangle (SRAM Eagle). I think it cost around $370 Aud once you included the adapter. It also worked perfectly well on my non boost hardtail running XT.
The unit uses a larger diameter roller made out of some type of plastic they call elastogel. It grips well and works really well with the Maxxis Overdrive tyres you can get anywhere in Australia.
Don’t forget you’ll also need a speed sensor and cadence sensor if you want to get virtual power and follow cadence drills on the TR app.
If you need any other info just ask and I’ll do my best to help out.
29” wheel with large tires can be a tight fit on the kinetic road machine. I used a 27.5 with a maxxis slick tire - refuse I believe. Since swapping to a new bike with eagle, switched to using an old road bike on the trainer. Year round riding here, so swapping cassette to a new wheel and swapping wheel and putting bike in the trainer and then undoing that for a ride is an extra 10 minutes of time I don’t want to waste.