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CycleOps Wind Indoor Bicycle Trainer
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- Indoor bicycle trainer with steady, progressive wind resistance
- Vortex blade design generates progressive resistance.
- Die-cast zinc fan blades double as a heavy flywheel
- Change resistance by shifting gears
- This trainer is designed to fit common road and mountain bike frames with included steel quick release skewer
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|Item Dimensions||15.7 x 21.5 x 28 inches|
|Item Weight||18 pounds|
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|Shipping Weight||18.25 pounds|
Forget stationary bikes and leave techno-infused cycle studios behind you. You're ready to build your own home gym—for roughly the same cost as one month at a spin studio. Easy to set up with your bike and fun to use, our Wind trainer lets you turn any room into your own cycle haven.
CycleOps Wind Indoor Bicycle Trainer
Keep your legs in tip-top condition during the off season with the CycleOps Wind Trainer. Offered at a reasonable price-point, the CycleOps Wind Trainer features a vortex blade design that utilizes wind to create a wide range of progressive resistance that produces very little noise. The high powered vortex blade also doubles as a heavy flywheel for fluid stops and starts and a more road-like feel. Weight rated to 300 pounds, the CycleOps Wind Trainer provides reliable frame stability. The trainer comes with a training DVD to help keep you motivated during your indoor exercise and carries a lifetime fix or replacement guarantee.
Create your own wind.
Riding outside in strong wind is no fun, but creating your own wind is a whole different story. The CycleOps Wind trainer has a vortex blade design that generates progressive resistance for an effective workout, whether spinning or climbing is your focus. Simply increase your effort by shifting gears like you would on the road.
Built for ease, built to last.
With easy to use features like a quick-release lever for set up and folding legs for storage, the CycleOps Wind makes indoor training simple.
- Vortex blade design generates progressive resistance
- To change resistance, simply shift gears
- Die cast zinc blades double as a heavy flywheel for fluid starts and stops
- Fits most 29 by 2-inch tires and some tires up to 29 by 2.35 inches depending on knob height and casing/rim size
- Maximum rear axle: 135 millimeters (150 and 170-millimeters dropouts not accommodated)
- Not recommended for use with through axles and ABP axles
- Weight tested to 300 pounds
Top Customer Reviews
After careful consideration and reading reviews here and on other sites, I chose this wind trainer.
What it is:
Using the same stand as the higher end CycleOps fluid trainer, this machine uses a simple, but smooth fan to create resistance. The faster your spin your wheels, the more resistance you get. You can shift to a higher gear to get more resistance - the same concept as the fluid trainer.
I read that this trainer was loud, and it was a bit of concern, but I took my chances. As always, the "loudest" reviews are from buyers who are either so elated by the purchase or really unsatisfied about a feature that has left them irate and wanting to prevent others from making the same mistake. I have been in both positions, and I am happy to report that I am taking the position of the former. This thing is not that loud. I have a shared wall, and I am not at all concerned. Without turning up the iPod, I had no trouble blocking the sound. I use in-ear headphones with rubber buds, not plastic. Often I don't use the headphones at all. It's not that bad! And for what it is worth, a friend has a top-rated fluid trainer. It is not silent either.
How I use it:
Currently, I have the trainer set up with a fixed gear bike. Before casting judgement, I should note I have been riding on and off road for 20 years (and never raced). I chose a good gear inch to get the desired resistances while riding 80 and 90 RPMs. Plus I did not want to coast. A fixed gear works well.
Buy this trainer if spending $150 on a trainer makes sense to you. It is well built. The resistance is smooth and just right. The money goes to all the right places on this one.
And please save yourself from buying a budget version of a higher end trainer (you know which ones). You will always get what you pay for.
As always, read reviews before ANY purchase.
I opted for this CycleOps wind trainer due to the positive reviews and also the price. Mag trainers were of interest, but I didn’t want to spend so much money. The wind trainer was a reasonably priced alternative, and I’m very happy with the purchase.
It’s solid, well built, and was easy to setup. The instructions were adequate, and I have nothing outstanding to report about the assembly.
Using the wind trainer was no more difficult than riding my bike on a normal road. There’s nothing to use, other than the standard gearing on the bike. I strongly suggest supporting the front wheel using something, whether a stackable climbing block or just some books or rolled up carpet. Placing the bike on the wind trainer pitches the front end down a bit. I purchased the CycleOps stackable climbing block, but you can make something up yourself. If you’re going to use this on solid floors, an anti-slip pad may be useful to reduce front-end movement while riding. I use a rubber-based, anti-skid carpet pad and it works great (I have hardwood floors).
After receiving the trainer, I read the packaging inserts in the box. I had no idea CycleOps has virtual training software available to use. I downloaded this and purchased a six-month account to download virtual routes. Wow… What a fabulous addition to what is a rather mundane indoor workout. As others have reported, the wind trainer is rather noisy, so it’s hard to hear a television when you get your RPMs up. The virtual training software allows you to download video routes other people have made. GPS data is imbedded in the route, so the topography and elevation information is also provided.
I attached my laptop to a 46” flat screen television in front of the bike, and I watch the video while biking. The software progresses the video based on the cadence and speed of my pedal and wheel movements, respectively. A graph displays on the lower part of the screen that shows the topography, so I can see when I’m going up or downhill or riding on level ground. Riding statistics are shows on the left side of the screen. When going uphill, my reported speed is reduced, making me have to pedal harder to keep my speed up, just like if I were ascending a real hill. When I’m going downhill, my reported speed increases, just like when I’m descending a hill. I can see my entire route on a Google Maps window using satellite view, and icons show where I am on the actual route. There are other online features too, which allow you to view your training diary of all the routes you’ve used over time, displayed on a calendar view. Click on a workout and it shows you a graph of your workout as it logged it from second to second. This graph logs speed, cadence, and power output. It’s a fantastic measure of performance and has me modify my workout with each training session.
This is all very cool and it works real well. To use this feature on the wind trainer, you need an ANT+ speed and cadence device installed on your bike and an ANT+ USB stick installed on your computer. The ANT+ USB stick wirelessly reads the data from the speed and cadence sensors installed on your bike. I didn’t find CycleOps cleanly explained how to setup this entire training configuration. It took some fumbling around online, communicating with others, and eventually calling CycleOps technical support to figure it out.
And this is where I need to give positive comments about CycleOps technical support. I’ve had to call them a few times related to another issue and have found them to be excellent to deal with. They have been very attentive and interested in helping resolve my issue.
If you’re looking at various trainers, I definitely recommend this one for those interested in a quality wind trainer that offers additional training features beyond the actual training device. In addition to the wind trainer, the virtual training software really finishes everything off nicely! I really enjoy working out using the virtual training software on the television in front of me. It gives me a goal to concentrate on while riding and all the statistics and information help me modify and enhance my training. I download a route and crank away on the bike, watching the video progress through the route until it’s complete. It’s the next best thing to being on the road itself.
NOISE: With my mountain bike tires going on this thing, it is about on par with a vacuum cleaner as far as noise goes. Can't hear a thing with my ear buds in though. Definitely not like an industrial leaf blower/vacuum like I have read in other reviews. I even turned on my (regular, normal, dirt devil) vacuum to compare!
I've also read that indoor trainers can't be used in apartments because of the way they vibrate the floors...I placed a glass of water on the coffee table and on the carpeted floor/exercise mat that I put underneath my bike...not a ripple with this trainer. I feel the bike vibrate on the handle bars, but its not going through the floor. That said, I do live in a pretty solid apartment building (not a converted house with just hardwood between the stories).
I plan to put a smooth road tire on my bike eventually, but for now I'm not worried about the noise (of course I live alone, so don't have to worry about keeping people up or annoying everyone). I'm glad I didn't spend the excess money on the mag trainer just for noise considerations; I like that I can coast + just use my shifter to change gears/resistance.
For assembly, took maybe 15 minutes to be up and running (biking?). The heavy frame, solid fit to my bike, and quick release, to me, make this well worth buying over the cheap mag trainers. Will be posting pics soon--just gotta wait till daylight for some good light.
Finally, like everyone else says, get a riser block. I got the Forza cause it was cheap. Works like a champ and fits my beefy mountain bike tire.
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