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  1. #1
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    fluid vs mag trainer

    i want to buy a trainer but am unsure of which one to get,iam a mtbrider and my budget is $300....opinions please

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    the best by far. adjustable with no need for a front wheel block. guaranteed for life.

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    I've got a blackburn fluid and have put two good winters in on it without any problems. Really stable and good steady resistance, but being fluid you do have the "warm-up" period of the fluid you have to deal with every time you ride that can be a little annoying and loud if that's a problem. Mine only last about 2-3 mins then quiets down and smooths out.

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    I wore out a blackburn mag. I didn't like the flat power. It was almost the same resistance spinning my wheel at 36 mph as 28. Toward the end of winter I could spin an hour plus at 33-36 mph. with 48/13 mtb gearing, I could only do high rpm low resistance work. It was super noisy.

    recently purchased cycleops fluid (classic, unused $80 craigslist!) Power seems to go up with speed. Volume is much better.
    Oh sh!+ just force upgraded to cat1. Now what?
    Best thing about an ultra marathon? I just get to ride my bike for X hours!

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    Fluid for frequent use - for the reduced noise alone, it's worth the extra cost.

    Mag for infrequent use, super tight budgets, etc. I have a CycleOps Mag - it lives in the trunk of my car, where it gets used for race warm-ups. It's been reliable, but I only use it 30 minutes at a time, maybe 20 times a year.

    I don't have a nice trainer for home - the LBS has CompuTrainer sessions, so I get my winter indoor work there. Well worth the price, if you can find a local gym/shop. It's a group setting - 8 riders at a time - much more fun than solo.

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    For ~300 bucks, get the 1up or the Kurt Kinetic.

    Both have nice power vs. speed curves; but both also have larger flywheels (6-7 pounds), which I believe is the key for excellent, realistic feel, and lowered perceived exertion at any given power level.

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    I brought a kurt last year after going through two performance cycle trainers, and the kurt is just amazing. I got it from this store link below. The prices are good and the service great


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    just got a kurt kinetic at REI for $271 -- been using for a couple of weeks and like it.

  9. #9
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    Quote Originally Posted by RickRinaldo123 View Post
    just got a kurt kinetic at REI for $271 -- been using for a couple of weeks and like it.
    Just picked this up last night. So far so good. Quiet and stable.
    SS ==> Nut up or Shut up!

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