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Minoura MagTurbo or Cycleops Fluid 2 SquaredTrainer?(6 posts)

Minoura MagTurbo or Cycleops Fluid 2 SquaredTrainer?Fausto
Sep 15, 2001 4:17 AM
One is $119 and the other $219. Can anyone advise the difference in price. Is it worth the extra $100 for the Cycleops?

Your opinions appreciated before I buy.

Thanks
re: Minoura MagTurbo or Cycleops Fluid 2 SquaredTrainer?Elefantino
Sep 15, 2001 7:49 AM
I have a MagTurbo Ergo and love it. I can't imagine paying $100 more for a trainer. I know people love fluid trainers, but I am really happy with my Minoura. Also, I had a CycleOps wind trainer (horrible) and their customer service was atrocious, although that was while they were undergoing Chapter 11.
Minoura Mag Turbonova
Sep 15, 2001 1:10 PM
I've had the Minoura for nearly two years. I can't complain! I've heard that fluid resistance is smoother and quieter, with a more realistic 'feel' that increases resistance as you increase your effort. (Much like aerodynamic drag)

If you live in an area with a long winter, you may want to spring for the fluid trainer. Otherwise, you'll get a good workout on the Minoura and save some money.
Minoura Mag TurboJon
Sep 15, 2001 5:35 PM
I have the Minoura and am quite satisfied with it. The Cycle-ops, though, gives you great realistic road
feel. Before you decide on a Cycle-ops you'd better check pretty carefully whether they got their
leakage problem fixed. I've been told that the new owners did a redesign, but don't know for sure.
Whether a fluid trainer is worth $100.00 more is, of course, totally up to you and what you can afford.
re: Minoura MagTurboI Love Shimano
Sep 16, 2001 4:13 PM
I bought a Magturbo Ergo a few months ago. After a few minutes of using it, it started to make funny metal-on-metal noises. So I brought it back to the LBS and they give me a new one. Same thing happens! Eventually, the thing breaks down, losing any resistance. So I e-mail Hiroshi Minoura, the person in charge of sales. I ask him for instructions on how I can fix the damn thing. He replies immediately. I try fixing it but it still wouldn't work. So you know what he does? He mails me a new resistance unit free of charge. Even better, he mails the latest version of the unit. Now that's customer service. It's been working perfectly ever since.
My Cycleops...Me Dot Org
Sep 16, 2001 9:24 PM
Fluid 2 works fine, and the resistance feels a little more "natural" than some trainers. Haven't tried the Minoura so I can't compare.

I've never found a trainer I really "like" anyway. I hate riding indoors!