There seems to be a general misconception that “Power smoothing” affects the time it takes for the trainer to ramp up the wattage when you start a new interval. As i understand, this is not the case. Power smoothing ONLY affects the way you see your powergraph. Not in any way how the trainer produces resistance. Someone correct me if i am wrong…
I have ridden two different trainers, a Wahoo Kickr and a Tacx NEO. The Wahoo had a very smooth powergraph (a software thing…) and the NEO a more “jumpy” graph. I can live with the more jumpy graph, but i have not been able to find an explanation for the deficit in watts on a short high power interval.
On the Wahoo, TR told me i was max. 2 watts off after a 40sec. interval. On the NEO i am as much as 20 watts off (330 / 350)… Why is that???..
This is a problem on the short high intensity intervals only. On the longer below-FTP intervals i am only off 1-2 watts as on the Wahoo.
This is probably only a software thing, but does anyone have the exact explanation??.