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Looking to get first trainer; mag or fluid?(4 posts)

Looking to get first trainer; mag or fluid?komatiite
Jan 30, 2003 7:53 AM
I am looking for peoples opinions on which is the better type of trainer (ie resistance maintainance etc) magnetic or fluid trainers. please post companies models of good trainers. i am looking for something basic (intro model) that will last a while and will not fall apart after a season.

Had both, much prefer fluid.OldEdScott
Jan 30, 2003 9:22 AM
More realistic, exponential resistance.

The Performance Millenium gets great reviews and isn't too expensive; mine has been very reliable.

Don't bother with the more expensive variable resistance. You'll end up setting it on max anyway, and using your bike's gearing to make adjustmnents.
I had a Tacx (mag) and sold it for a Kurt (fluid)...SS_MB-7
Jan 30, 2003 4:51 PM
I recently sold my Tacx Cycleforce Swing mag trainer with 7-position resistance dial in favor of the Kurt Kinetic fluid trainer (road version). The Kurt is a much better trainer, IMHO.

The Tacx was a great trainer and I did like the resistance dial, but I did have 3 major issues with it. First, I did not find it all that stable during out-of-the-saddle sprints and intervals. Second, I did not like the way the trainer flexed up and down while pedaling. Apparently this is a design feature. Lastly, and most importantly, there was a nearly constant vibration that resonated from the trainer through my frame into my seat and handlebars. This resulted in numbness in my hands and crotch during extended rides.

2 words describe the Kurt: solid and smooth. There is zero flex in the Kurt, even during out-of-the-saddle sprints and climbs. Also, the smooth fluid resistance and larger roller create a very smooth ride. There are no vibrations in the Kurt which makes training much more tolerable and enjoyable.

Fluid trainers increase the resistance exponentially with speed/cadence. Mag trainers are linear, that's why there's the adjustment lever. I find that the fluid trainer is a much more realistic road-like ride vs the mag. The mag isn't bad, it's just not as good.

Lastly, the Kurt may look like the CycleOps Fluid 2, but they are different in the resistance unit. The CycleOps has a shaft that penetrates the fluid chamber, whereas, the Kurt is completely sealed. If you read the CycleOps reviews, more than a few owners have complained about fluid leaks.

Ride Hard,
Mike B.
re: Looking to get first trainer; mag or fluid?d-boy
Feb 1, 2003 9:12 AM
Cyclops Fluid 2 - really stable, smooth, and good resistance. Easy to load and unload bike. Look on ebay. I got mine for under 200 with a video and block.