The Minoura Advance Roller Trainer folds for compact storage or transport and fits 24" wheels and up. Features: Folds down to 26 x 20 x 6" Aluminum 80mm diameter drums and frame, sealed bearings Fits 24" wheels on up 10lbs
28 x 10 x 6 inches ; 12.8 pounds
Those are the first rollers I have ever tried. I have used them so far only for a couple of days so I cannot speak for the long term. But as of now I can say they are small, light, sturdy and easy to assemble. They can also be folded in half for extra space when not in use.
The instructions are short and simple. It took me about 15 minutes to put together but I could probably do it a second time in less than 5 minutes. My only complaint about the assembly is that is that the rollers come with only one small wrench. It does the job but is not very easy to use. If you own a real full-size wrench I recommend using it instead of the one that is included.
As for the riding, it is in a way similar to the first time I rode a bicycle. At first I was constantly afraid of loosing my balance and couldn't bring myself to speed up because I felt it would send me flying off my bike. But slowing down only makes it harder to stay in balance. As I got used used to the "feel" of the rollers I started speeding up which made things a lot easier and after several trial runs I was able to keep my balance. I took me about 20 minutes to get the hang of it. It also helps to ride next to a piece of furniture or a wall especially when starting off and you need to build speed.
The only strange thing I noticed is the rubber residue glued onto the rollers. As the tires spin, some of the rubber must get stuck on the rollers due to weight and friction. It hasn't affected their performance but I don't know if in the long term it might have some side effects. The manual didn't have any mention about this. I don't think this is going to be a problem or that it is unique to Minoura rollers because I noticed the exact same thing on almost all the rollers videos I have seen on YouTube.Read more ›
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