Product Comparison: CycleOps Hammer vs Tacx Neo Smart

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General Specifications
About the Product
The Hammer redefines indoor training to create the ultimate riding experience. One that's versatile enough to handle the most intense interval sessions as it is the easiest of recovery rides. Simply put, the Hammer is the perfect addition to any athlete's toolbox.
This premium direct drive trainer is the pinnacle of indoor cycling. On top of immersive features like Road feel, Dynamic Inertia and Descent simulation, this bike trainer is the most silent, realistic and accurate trainer available.
Neo Smart
Key Specs
Trainer Type
Direct Drive
Direct Drive
Resistance Type
Resistance Features
Up to 2000 watts at 20 mph
Progressive resistance
Bike frames with fork widths of 142 or 148
2018: Various Shimano, SRAM & Campagnolo cassettes, 2018: Shimano & SRAM: 8 - 11 speed
Max. Weight Supported
300 lbs.
275.6 lbs.
What customers say about "Key Specs"
CycleOps Hammer Direct Drive Smart Trainer
  • Quite impressed. It's my first direct drive smart trainer, so I really can't compare it to it's current competitors.
  • I purchased this because it was one of the top three direct-drive trainers and because it was on sale. As advertised, it is a heavy son of a gun.
  • This is my first direct drive trainer, coming from the CycleOps Power Beam Pro. Super easy set up and easy to integrate with online programs.
  • Power output accuracy is spot on as well and very close to what my Stages Power Meter is reading.
  • I use it mainly for intervals, and the ability to coast after each makes them as realistic as doing them outside. I’m able to hit the same power inside as out. Amazing.
Tacx Neo Smart Direct Driver Trainer (without Cassette)
  • Best cycling purchase I've made in years. I've owned countless traditional trainers over the past 2 decades and get bored with them after a few rides.
  • As realistic as a ride as you can get on a trainer. The 'road feel' software update is amazing, complete with realistic sounds and feel when riding over cobbles and wooden planks.
  • This is a great trainer, quiet and smooth. With the right Tacx RLV film, it can supply road feel, same with it when using Zwift.
  • I discovered Zwift and training with power meters last Winter and utilizing those paired with a cheap, used mag trainer emerged from my pain cave in Spring in great shape and faster than ever.
  • I absolutely love this trainer. It is very very quiet, which is what I wanted since I live in a dorm and dont want to disturb my neighbors when I am riding on Zwift.
Size & Weight
18.5 in.
21.7 in.
19.5 in.
29.5 in.
31 in.
22.6 in.
47 in.
47.3 in.
Frame Material
Stainless Steel
Stainless Steel
Foldable Design
Front Tire Block/Ring
Quick Release
Maximum Noise Level
66 db
Accesories Included
Shimano splined freehub, Front wheel support
Front wheel support, Quick release for road bikes and mountain bikes (5mm)
PowerTap technology, ANT+ and Bluetooth, Accessible and balanced handle
Works with Apple and Android tablet and smartphone, ANT+ and Bluetooth, 32 Neodymium magnets
What customers say about "Features"
CycleOps Hammer Direct Drive Smart Trainer
  • Very stable, and nice and compact when folded up.
  • Came with interchangeable hub adapters to support different frame widths, which I had to use to attach my disc brake 11 speed cassette road bike.
  • he Hammer is built like a tank! Kind of heavy to move around but I prefer something that might survive hours of indoor "hammering".
  • This trainer is good, its strong, it's sturdy, it's quiet, when it works, it works great.
  • Finally, I am very wary about what this is going to do to my carbon frame! Unlike a wheel, the trainer doesn't flex.
Tacx Neo Smart Direct Driver Trainer (without Cassette)
  • Since I ride in am around 5.30, the fact that the trainer is so quiet does help. My music probably is louder than my trainer.
  • The additional features the Neo adds over the Kickr are, in my opinion, worth it at the price I paid.
  • The Neo allows some flex so the bike will rock a little bit I ended up building a rocket plate to allow more movement.
  • The setup was very easy, get it out the box connect it via Bluetooth do the software update and start pedaling!!
  • Doesn't come with a cassette, and cassette installation was a little finicky.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year(s)
2 year(s)
Certified by Zwift, CE
Other Information
1369.00 $

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