Here are answers to the most common questions regarding trainers, trainer installation, trainer compatibility and more. Don’t hesitate to comment with your questions, we will answer them with updates to this post.

Bike compatibility - Discs, thru-axles

Most recent trainers are compatible with disc brakes. For bikes with thru-axles, you’ll find adaptors for your specific trainer model and bike model. Be sure to verify what your bike model needs, since there are various tread and axle sizes.

Wheel size

Most trainers are compatible with wheels from 26” to 29” (700c). So, road bike, mountain bikes and hybrid bikes can all be used on a trainer.

Do I need to use a specific trainer tire?

With wheel-on trainers, you must use a specific trainer tire. Regular tires are too soft and will literally melt because of the heat generated by the roller. You can use a trainer tire from any brand you like.

You don’t need trainer tires on classic rollers such as the Tacx Antares, Tacx Galaxia and Elite Arion.

Do I need an ANT+ Antenna / Dongle?

The answer depends on what you are using to support your app: a computer, phone or tablet

If you are using a computer to run your training app, you’ll most likely need an ANT+ antenna, since most computers (with the exception of recent Apple computers) don’t have Bluetooth connectivity.

If you are using a phone or tablet, Bluetooth usually works the best.

Most Smart trainers will give you reading for cadence, speed and power. An ANT+ antenna could be required if you wish to use an ANT+ only sensor, such as some heartrate monitors. You can also use your cycling computer (Garmin Edge, Wahoo Bolt) to connect your personal sensors and your trainer.

How to use Zwift?

Zwift is an online cycling and running app that lets you train virtually with other riders. It offers structured training, group rides and even races. It’s a fun place to progress and it definitely helps keep you motivated.

You can download the app for your phone, tablet or computer. There is a monthly cost of 18.99$ CAN.

With a smart trainer

Since most Smart trainers give you basic readings such as speed, cadence and power, you don’t have to use your own sensors when using Zwift, although you could. Simply pair everything together and you’re good to go. If you use a phone or tablet, pair everything with Bluetooth and installation should be quick and easy.

If you’re using a computer, you will need an ANT+ antenna to pair your trainer with your computer.

With a regular trainer (non-smart)

Even if you don’t own a Smart trainer, you can still use Zwift provided you have a couple sensors. Of course, the overall experience won’t be as immersive, but you’ll still be able to join an online community and partake in all the organised events.

With a speed sensor

You can use Zwift with a simple ANT+/Bluetooth speed sensor. In the app, choose your trainer brand and model within the provided list so that Zwift can use the manufacturer’s official specifications to estimate your power output. Then, simply pair your speed sensor. Of course, this method is not as precise as using a power meter, but you’ll still have fun.

What you’ll need:

  • A trainer
  • An ANT+ ou Bluetooth speed sensor
  • An ANT+ antenna if you are using a computer

With a power meter

If you own a power meter, you can use it to ride on Zwift by pairing it via ANT+ or Bluetooth. Simply select your trainer from the list in the app and you’re ready to go. This is the better option for riders who are more serious about training.

What you’ll need:

  • A trainer
  • An ANT+ ou Bluetooth speed sensor
  • An ANT+ antenna if you are using a computer