I ride up to about 175km / 3500m ascent a week (although lately less as I’ve been doing other sports as well). Basically I’m in good shape, but not a pro.
I’m looking to get a biking setup at home, for when I can’t or don’t want to go out. My choices are a smart static bike (it works with Zwift, etc), or getting a cheap road bike and a Wahoo Kickr Core or (for a bit more) a V5 Kickr (new, on discount). I’d leave the bike mounted to the trainer.
I am basically interested in what the advantages/disadvantages might be between a direct drive Wahoo trainer and a stationary smart bike. I posted the specific stationary bike in another post, which was closed since it was too specific. So I’m trying to make this a general question: how do direct drive trainers compare to stationary smart bikes in general.
Both options seem good. The Wahoo/bike route appeals to me more, but it’s more expensive.
One particular question I had: the smart bike I tried is like a spin bike in that the pedals keep spinning with the inertia wheel, so you can’t ‘coast’ as one can in real life. To stop quickly you have to press a red emergency brake. This bothered me. But I was told that it’s the same with the Wahoo trainers, that is, the pedals have to keep turning with the inertia wheel. Is this true?
Thanks for any info!
EDIT: I'm going to cautiously introduce the name of the smart bike I'm considering, since at this point, having read the answers below, and since people are discussing specific stationary bikes and brands, it seems like a relevant piece of info. It's the ZBike ZCycle. Note, I'm still asking about the differences in general, not regarding this particular bike. It is a Spanish brand, and runs considerably less than the Wahoo and TacX bikes.