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CycleOps Fluid Trainer
|Price:||$309.99 & FREE Shipping. Details|
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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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|Item Dimensions||15.7 x 21.5 x 28 inches|
|Item Weight||18 pounds|
|Material Type||See Item Description.|
|Shipping Weight||21.65 pounds|
- Material: [body] aluminum
- Resistance: Power Band
- Foldable: yes
- Recommended Use: indoor training
- Manufacturer Warranty: lifetime
Top Customer Reviews
You will want to accessorize however for a few reasons:
First of all, riding a trainer is the most boring thing ever. At the very least you will want to be listening to music, and ideally you will want to set up a TV to watch while you're putting in your time getting nowhere fast.
If you don't have water bottles and cages on your bike, this is the time to get them, and also a good way to practice drinking from them while riding.
You will sweat buckets, and don't want to soak your bike and the floor with it because sweat is highly corrosive in addition to being stinky, so in addition to the roughly $300 you will pay for this trainer you might as well spring for the the "Bike Thong" which Amazon also sells (with Free Super Saver Shipping) for about $22 (cheaper than CycleOps sells it for, and they don't give you free shipping). The bike thong will protect your bike from all that corrosive sweat and it comes with a handy pocket organizer to hold your TV remote control, iPod, Clif Bars or whatever you might want handy. Trust me, attempting to cover your bike with a towel wont work nearly as well either for the bike or you as you try to keep it in place.
You should also get a fan to blow air on you as you ride your trainer.Read more ›
- 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:
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
It is easy to setup and feels firm and steady when I am on the bike. You can get all the resistance you need to get a steady work out or go anaerobic by just upping your gear and... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Cruizer Ed
I've had this trainer for almost 5 years and it still works great. No complaints or issues.Published 5 months ago by Tina K
Great trainer. This was a second one so my wife can ride too.Published 6 months ago by Alexander Zilberman
Been using this off and on for 5 years now and it still performs flawlessly.
I live in north florida and while our winters may not be very harsh it still gets a bit chilly... Read more
This is a very fine trainer,the first one I had I used for several years,jut a fine product,KeithPublished 8 months ago by keith wood
Great trainer. Super quiet like everyone says, also can provide a TON of resistance when you get the wheel speed up. Read morePublished 9 months ago by jordan thompson