CycleOps The Silencer Direct Drive Magneto Trainer without Cassette
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- Direct drive design features a fixed rear wheel mode
- Adjustable magnetic resistance allows for true-to-the-road feel, Comes with easy to use 5-level handlebar adjuster
- Noise level at 20 mph is 59-64 decibels. SHIMANO and SRAM 9/10/11 speed compatible
- Made in Madison, WI, USA
- Lifetime warranty
- Features five magnetic resistance settings
- Won't have friction from the road
- It is not easy to travel with
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The odds are pretty good that if you were to ask some indoor-trainer-savvy cyclists what the negatives are to riding inside, the obnoxious sound their trainer makes would most likely make the list. Well, CyclOps' new Silencer Direct Drive Mag Trainer might just be the golden ticket for indoor training, as its design allows smooth indoor training, without the noises that drive you, and your neighbors, a little crazy. To begin with, the Silencer system eliminates the need for a rear wheel by attaching the bike's cassette directly to the large, weighted flywheel, effectively mimicking the inertia of a bicycle in motion and generating progressive resistance. Setup is simple: Throw on a cassette, remove your rear wheel, attach the rear drop outs to the spindle and away you go. This intuitve system accomplishes two things. First, you'll no longer feel those dead spots all too common when using a trainer tire that is not perfectly round. In fact, you won't need to buy trainer tires at all. Second, you'll find that the ride feels much more like you are on the road rather than on a trainer, and as the height of the cassette matches a 28in or 700c wheel, you won't need a block for the front wheel. If you wish to train on a 26in wheel, however, you'll need a riser block. The frame of the trainer is constructed with a wide stance and adjustable leveling knobs. To this end, you can stand and sprint without pulling your rear wheel, as is the danger with a traditional trainer. .
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The trainer is built like a tank - good and bad, as the description states, you are not going to want to lug this around to warm up before your next race. In use however the tank works well, even out of the saddle sprints at high resistance it doesn't budge. I like the simplicity of the direct drive, and it works well with every bike I've thrown on it, both 10 and 11 speed.
So why 4 stars instead of five? Well, I think at this price point CycleOps should have provided for at least a speed option or at least some basic level of electronic metrics. Even if that meant spending a little on an "accessory" add on. Fortunately 2 of my bikes have power meters so I can at least use power and cadence as some form of measure. So, minus one star there.
I had planned to dock a star due to the noise level, but I would really only take away a half star there and can't. I was expecting, based on the name and other reviews, a unit that produces less noise. Don't get me wrong, there are still far louder units on the market but I was expecting better.
All in all a great, well built unit, and I would buy again if I were in the market for a direct drive. That being said though, I certainly would not rule out other trainers on the market, even if they were contact trainers. Each has its pluses and minuses- if you are able, test them all before you lay down the cash. I couldn't find this anywhere at a LBS, so I took a chance on the order, and have been fairly happy with it.