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kurt kinetic trainer. standard vs road(2 posts)

kurt kinetic trainer. standard vs roadjoeblack
Nov 25, 2002 6:18 AM
I about to purchase the Kurt Kinetic trainer. Should I get the standard one or the road one with the bigger flywheel. What is the big difference?
re: kurt kinetic trainer. standard vs roadthe other Tim
Nov 25, 2002 10:46 AM
I have the "road" version. I've never tried the standard one so I can't offer a comparison, but I would probably save the extra $ and get the standard version if I were buying one today. The heart of the trainer is the fluid resistance unit, not the flywheel. The flywheel only serves to resist acceleration. It makes starting a little more difficult and takes a few more seconds to coast down. At any appreciable speed, the fluid resistance dominates. When you're spinning at a constant RPM, the flywheel has no effect. It may make acceleration a little more realistic, but it probably also increases slipping at the wheel/roller interface.

Also, if you're inclined to go with the standard version, take a look at the Spinervals trainer. I'm sure it's the same product at a slightly lower cost, and they throw in a video.