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Aug 31, 2002 8:48 AM
I'm in the process of buying a set of rollers, I've narrowed my search to the sportscrafter model for $179.00. Can anyone give me their experience with this brand, good or bad. Or suggest a better brand in that price range? Another I looked into was ZZZing? The second part of my question involves fork stands with the rollers. Both have said they should not be used with Carbon forks? I'd like the benefits of the fork stand but have a carbon fork on my bike. Has anyone used the stand with the carbon? if so what are the ramifications? Thanks
re: rollersJon Billheimer
Aug 31, 2002 2:47 PM
If you're going to ride rollers, why on earth would you want a stand? Kind of seems to defeat the purpose.
re: rollersDadecityroller
Aug 31, 2002 3:28 PM
I knew this was coming up. I'd like the benefits the rollers provide and since my budget limits me to a fluid trainer or a set of rollers, not both I thought the rollers would be the best buy. I'd use the rollers for what they are meant for and attach the fork stand to use as a trainer? I have a brand new 4 day old newborn baby now and my ride time is going to suffer. I was hoping someone could answer my questions rather than critique my training plan?
Your premise is that you need the track stand for some facet ofbill
Aug 31, 2002 5:28 PM
training. What would that be? The people who say you can't do this or that on rollers I'm not sure ever have used them.
Even without added resistance, if you push a 53-11, you're going to get plenty of workout. Stick a towel under there, and you're grinding. I'm not sure what else there is.
You cannot go mindless or hammer out of the saddle, throwing yourself around the bike, but I'm not sure that either is required.
I think I understand both points of view.hayaku
Sep 4, 2002 5:32 AM
But I agree that a front fork stand would be helpful for long winter rides. That way you can watch TV, not where your front wheel is and alleviate boredom. You can focus on your HR or cadence or anything else, while not worrying about going off the side and hitting your knee on the door frame. (That really hurts)

I used a set of rollers last winter while my Mag trainer was being repaired and found them to be great for cadence work and balance. I know they wouldn't have been safe to ride on coming into the summer, doing LT work and dripping bucketloads of sweat everywhere.

If I were to get a new trainer I would get rollers with the attachable stand. (I may well get a new trainer at some point as my Mag trainer is back being repaired for a second time in less than a year...)

re: rollersclintb
Aug 31, 2002 7:14 PM
I've never heard of the brands you're listing, but I have a set of Minoura Mag Rollers. Got them from either Colorado Cyclist or Excel years ago for around $130. Very happy with them for the limited amount they've been used. I generally loathe indoor training and living in Texas I don't get confined to the indoors much anyway.

No experience, but the Sportscrafter from Colorado look fairly nice and the specs read pretty good. You may also want to look at the Tacx "Ecotrack" and "Mag Resistance Unit" from Excel. That would put you in the same range as the Sportscrafter.

On the carbon forks... They probably say to not use the fork stand with carbon forks since the back end can really move around quite a bit on rollers. Very uneven stresses would result and probably a steerer failure. They may actually be referring to a full carbon fork and not one with titanium, aluminum or steel steerers.

Good luck
re: rollersDadecityroller
Sep 1, 2002 6:13 AM
Thanks for the info, I'm going with the sportscrafters unless I read an overwhelming number of negative reviews in the next 8-10 hours. They list the specs unlike many of the other brands, the zzzing "look very nice" and have some nice features but do not go into as much detail on specs.

ps: makes sense on the carbon fork, would like to know if if you are correct on the full carbon fork vs carbon with alum. or steel?
ditto on the Minoura'sJohnG
Sep 2, 2002 9:58 AM
I've had a Minoura roller for over 20 years and it's still running great. I'd guess I've got a couple hundred hours on it.

Reasonable price and great quality........ hard to beat that.

Never heard of the rollers you mentioned.