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CycleOps Fluid 2 Trainer
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- Trainer is a great way to keep your legs in tip-top condition during the off season
- New larger flywheel delivers twice the inertia for a road-like feel
- Power band technology offers a wide resistance range
- Infinite resistance curve ensures increased wattage as you increase speed
- Self-cooling mechanisms keep the unit performing better, longer
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The most road-like feel of any CycleOps trainer. In essence, it's a resistance unit encased in hydraulic fluid. Unlike the Mag's external variable resistance, on the Fluid 2 the harder you pedal, the hotter the fluid gets and the more resistance you experience. But there's more going on than just that: the Fluid 2 is designed with Power Band technology that makes the level of resistance also a function of cadence and gearing. The ranges of resistance you can potentially experience is unbelieveable -- it varies from 20 watts to 725 watts, all a function of your gearing and cadence. The Fluid 2 has a cooling mechanism built in to give tons of durability. And, like the Mag, the Fluid 2 easily folds up and comes with the Quick-Lock bike mount, a custom skewer, and a CTS climbing workout video sure to pain you greatly.
- Material: [body] aluminum
- Resistance: Power Band
- Foldable: yes
- Recommended Use: indoor training
- Manufacturer Warranty: lifetime
Color: Fluid2 Trainer | Size: One Size
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Legal DisclaimerHello. I purchased this in August, I moved literally a week after and I dont have enough space for my bike in my apartment. Looking to sell immediately!!
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- Quick to setup
- Portable - folds to a small size
- Roller is not spring-loaded, so you can adjust the pressure on the tire to avoid slip and minimize wear
- Slightly unstable if not on completely level ground
- The flywheel loosened itself and started making a really loud high-pitched squealing
- Still doesn't quite have "road feel" - an even heavier flywheel would really help
As the title says, I'm very happy with the trainer - I've been using it for about a year now, with no major complaints.
The trainer does vary its resistance slightly as it warms up - for me, I usually notice the resistance getting harder at around three minutes into my workout and then another smaller step at around 6 minutes in.
I train with a Power measuring device (Quarq Cinqo), so I can tell you more quantitatively: When I first get on the trainer, 250 watts will be at about 92 rpm in a given gear. At around 3 minutes into the workout, the rpm for 250 watts reduces to around 82-83. At six minutes or so, this will be around 79-80. I believe this is due to a heat-sensitive thickening agent in the fluid in the trainer's resistance unit.
If you spend a lot of time at really low efforts, the fluid may cool again and you may find that the resistance reduces. To me, this is not a big problem, as I just adjust the gear appropriately to generate the resistance I want and the cadence (speed of pedalling) that I want.
Some general advice for using trainers:
1. Invest in a good fan and make sure you get good airflow on your legs and torso at a minimum
2. Put blocks under your front wheel - I actually feel best when the bike is tilted slightly upward - My theory is that the wind resistance on the road actually pushes back against you a bit - you need to make up for this on the stationary trainer, or your back/neck/arms may feel the difference.
3. Entertainment - I like to watch bicycle race coverage on my laptop when I ride - I'd recommend having something to distract you so you can put in the time
4. Structure - structuring workouts will make the time go much faster. It's hard to get uninterrupted riding on the road - take advantage of your trainer to do 20 minute intervals.
5. Don't get discouraged - riding on the trainer feels a lot harder than riding on the road - there are various theories about this (google: bicycle trainer inertia). My experience is that the body will adapt to this feel after a few rides.
6. Speed/distance means nothing on the trainer - so don't worry about measuring them. It's the resistance that matters, and since the resistance generated by the fluid isn't calibrated to match what your resistance. Think of the result of training as an amount of time (e.g., one hour of hard riding).
It's foldable, has an easy installation process (maybe 10-15 minutes @ most) allows for easy storage & setup for quick use! Although while not completely silent is fairly quiet as long as it's on carpet or padded mat! Only noise I hear comes more from my actual bike rather then the trainer itself. NOTE: This trainer comes with an additional skewer to mount the bike!
It's definitely worth the money in my opinion & keeps me in shape until the warm weather comes back around!
Best feature is it actually builds resistance the faster you pedal... Changing/Shifting gears allows for additional resistance!
(Disclaimer: This trainer is made/most ideal for ROAD BIKES, not moutain bikes but if able to change the skewer on the back of a mountain bike wheel would probably work)
Assembly itself was so easy I figured I must have done something wrong because so many reviews complained about it. Yes, the instructions are very limited. Yes, they appear to be written by someone who's primary language it not English. Yes, the pictures are vague and not overly helpful. Yes, the parts list is incorrrect (letters of parts in pics don't match parts list, but everything is accounted for). It took me about 10 minutes to put everything together, and that included a thorough inventory to ensure nothing was missing from the shredded box. It took another 5-10 minutes to install my bike, adjust the tension and figure out what gear worked for the amount of force I could use, but the process was easy.
I'm using a Sunlite fixed block because they wouldn't ship me the CycleOps adjustable one. It keeps everything horizontal and comfortable as I'm "riding". I'd recommend something similar, although I've heard a phone book will do the trick as well. I have it all set up in my garage on a padded floor (puzzle blocks for a kids' play room--cheap and apparently durable) and found no stability issues. The legs are adjustable if you need to compensate for an unlevel floor. I was a little worried at first of pulling a Wile E. Coyote and flying into the garage door, but it was very stable and I soon got comfortable. I would recommend keeping a pad or something under the bike if you have it in your house. I lubed my bike this spring, and found some lube splatter on the floor after a 30 minute ride (probably 1.5" x 18" area). Not a problem in a garage, but you'd probably be unhappy if it's your carpet.
The longest I've ridden it so far is 30 minutes and I'm not really able to push too hard (yet) because of my hip. However, I cycled through the gears and found the resistance does adjust as the tire speed increases. The tire does get a bit warm, but nothing significant. I have stock knobby tires, and they make it loud enough that you might have issues if your walls are thin. I found I had to wear headphones to hear my music because I had to turn the radio up louder than my neighbors/family like to hear it. I guess I'll find out later if they didn't like my 5:30 AM ride this morning...
The trainer has 2 positions for the resistance wheel, so you can take some pressure off your tire when you're not using it. It's really obvious if you forget to adjust it before starting because you'll have almost no resistance. My garage won't fit a car, but doubles as a gym/play room, and I didn't feel really comfortable leaving my bike out for the kids to bump into. Removing it from the trainer and putting it all back together was extremely easy. Because I didn't change anything on my bike, it makes it easy for me to go on outdoor rides when I'm healthy enough for it, or to ride inside on wet/lazy days later on. The trainer doesn't fold up super small, but it will fit in a closet or something pretty well.
I've only used it a few times, but it does what I want and was easy to assemble. It suggests using a different smooth wheel to reduce noise and prolong tire life, but it's not worth the hassle. I like the ability to switch between the trainer and real riding with minimal thought/effort. I'd buy this again or recommend it to a friend.
I live in north florida and while our winters may not be very harsh it still gets a bit chilly sometimes. That being said I originally bought this because of a change in my work schedule where I just wasn't getting home with enough daylight for a good ride. I also wanted to get a ride or two in mid-week instead of just on the weekends. It's been perfect, easy to set up, easy to move around (w/out a bike attached of course), easy to adjust. When you're done you can even tilt your bike upwards and lean it against a wall to minimize the amount of space it takes up. Great for small apartments (which I had at the time).
What this has probably come in most useful for is those days when the weather is fine for a ride but I just really want to watch some Netflix. I just set up the trainer in front of the TV and get to it! No more couch potato!
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