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1upUSA vs. Kurt Kinetic(3 posts)

1upUSA vs. Kurt KineticPODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Nov 21, 2002 9:38 PM
What are the differences between these 2 sets of trainers? I'd be interested in any of your input.

Probably the two best basic trainers on the marketthe other Tim
Nov 22, 2002 9:05 AM
I know it doesn't help distinguish between them, but you can't go wrong with either.

I have the Kurt trainer with the "road" flywheel, and it works great. It's solid and well designed, relatively quiet, and I don't worry about oil squirting all over the carpet (like other fluid resistance units are famous for).

I find it a little more resistant than riding on a flat road.

I don't have any experience with the 1up, but it looks like a work of art. I like the all-Al construction, foot-operated QR, and telescoping front legs. The larger roller diameter probably helps minimize slip. The "centrifugal pressure" resistance unit seems, well, interesting. With a lifetime warranty, 60-day money-back guarantee (including return shipping) and all the great reviews, I would buy it in a second (but I already have the Kurt that will probably survive me).

The 1up also has a magnet in the roller for an optional computer. When I learned about that, I decided to try using an old Cateye HB100 on my Kurt. Surprisingly, I was able to set the wheel diameter to 2.1". So I glued a tiny magnet to the flywheel and strapped the pickup to the trainer frame. I added a longer wire and little stand for the head unit, and now have a computer/HRM on the Kurt.
re: 1upUSA vs. Kurt Kineticpeloton
Nov 22, 2002 4:28 PM
I don't have a lot of hands on experience with the 2 trainers you mentioned. For what it's worth, I've been using an Elite fluid unit now going on three years. It's nice and quiet, has a good road like feel to the resistance, and the contruction feels solid. I've had good luck with mine, and I would recommend it to others.