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Which rollers do YOU recomend?(9 posts)

Which rollers do YOU recomend?AeroTom
Apr 5, 2003 1:49 AM
Hello people,

I wish to purchase a set of rollers. However, I am finding them difficult to locate on the net. I was wondering if you could tell me which rollers you think are worthwhile. I would preferably want to purchase a roller set that has a variable resistance unit attached to it, so I can get best of both trainer and roller worlds. And if you have a link to a set of rollers, please post it.

Thanks very much.

Tacx Rollertracx...Spunout
Apr 5, 2003 5:53 AM
I've used these this winter. Work fine, quiet with large drums for a smoother ride. Replaceable sealed bearings, and the band is readily available also.

Usually a very good value, and solid. There is a resistance unit available for it also, although I do not use it. Rollers mainly for base work in the winter. Fun to do speedwork on though! Be careful!
Tacx Rollertracx...firstrax
Apr 5, 2003 10:19 AM
I'll second the Tacx rollers. I have been riding the ones with 4 1/2" drums with the mag resistance unit for three years. No problems. And a lot quieter than the alloy drums.
Kreitler w/ Killer HeadwindIFRider
Apr 5, 2003 7:00 AM
If you are serious of sticking with rollers, spend the extra and pick up the Kreitlers. I have the larger size ones (the original alloys) with a Killer Headwind resistance unit. This squirrel fan sits in front of the rollers and cools the rider. The fan has a cover that you can adjust to vary the resistance. The feel very smooth and are not too loud. You can get smaller diameter rollers to increase the resistance but I can't imagine needing that with a killer headwind.

I originally had a set of late 70's Zues (sp?) rollers. They were pvc and I used a seat post mounted resistance fan from the first generation Racermate Wind Trainer. It was very noisy and the rollers were definitely not as smooth running. Two things I learned from the switch. Smooth rollers are less mentally tiring for me. The resistance curve of whatever unit you buy has the most effect on making the experience road-like. I often do interval tyoe training on the Kreitlers and go from spinning to hammering. The resistence feels close to riding on the road with the Headwind open fully. Kreitler is distributed through QBP if I remember correctly so any LBS can order them. See
Kreitler Dyno-Mytepurplepaul
Apr 5, 2003 9:17 AM
These are the ones with the smallest diameter rollers and, let me tell you, when you go into the higher gears loss of consciousness is a real possibility.

I found this the most economical solution since no add-ons were needed.
Tacx Sporttrack Roller-foldable TA1050flying
Apr 5, 2003 10:22 PM
I like these. They fold & have the smaller diameter drums.
Plenty of resistance when you get cracking in a big gear on these IMO

I bought them here for 99 + ship
Minoura makes a good one.Sintesi
Apr 6, 2003 8:03 AM
I won't recommend one roller over another since I have only tried one, but I have a Minoura folding w/ mag resistance and it has worked out quite nicely this last winter. Quiet, smooth and I am able to reach a decent heart rate. I'm really happy with it and find myself far more willing to ride the rollers than I ever did my old trainer. It's not exactly "fun" but I guess I find rollers less boring.

One more plus, Minoura sells parts so if if anything should break a quick google search (or hey! the LBS?)should be able to locate a replacement fairly easily.
I like my kreitler poly-lytes.djg
Apr 6, 2003 11:14 AM
Same drums and frame as the more expensive models. More resistance than the standard diameter rollers. Assuming a constant cadence, you have two means of varying the load. First, you can change gears (not so easy with a fixie). Second, you can change the air pressure in your tires (if you can do this on the fly, you are a true master).

There's als a "headwind" unit that can be purchased separately--a variable load belt driven fan that attaches to the front of the rollers.
Here's the link to where I got mine, btw.djg
Apr 6, 2003 11:16 AM