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1up and kurtbikesforpeace
Feb 2, 2003 3:24 PM
Has anyone rode both? I'd like to hear a direct comparison. I'm in the market for a high quality trainer and have narrowed it down to these two. I hope someone out there with loads of cash is waiting to give me info.

re: 1up and kurtCalgaryDave
Feb 4, 2003 4:33 PM

I was in the same position you are, down to those two as the best available but unable to get an opinion from someone who had tried both. After reading all the RBR & MTBR reviews, I went with 1upUSA and am very impressed with it. I am a CNC machinist with a critical eye for the mechanical side of any purchase and can say that their craftsmanship and design is top-notch. The top 5 things I like about it are:

1/ Smooth ride.... so smooth and sensitive that I had to put on a new tire. The old one had a minor flat spot from a skid and it was hopping/thumping. Smooth as butter with the new tire.
2/ Quiet.... drivetrain makes more noise than the trainer.
3/ Quick-mount.... the foot lever is very inovative, allowing for 10 second mounting. Sounds like my sex life!
4/ Adjustable tension.... If you're a very strong rider you can get more resistance by moving a few ball bearings inside the rotor. A 5 minute job for anyone.
5/ Quality vs. price.... I thought it was expensive until I saw a Cyclops II in a local store for more money. Free shipping to Canada, they even kicked in the border brokerage fee. I had it in 5 business days.

That being said I hope I don't get to ride a Kurt and find out it's even better.


PS: Ironically enough, I use Kurt work-holding equipment for my CNC machining and considered being a distributor for the Kinetic trainer.