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4.0 out of 5 stars Stable and quiet but some issues., 4 Feb 2013
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After doing much research into which turbo trainer would be right for my needs, i decided to go with the Kurt Kinetic Road Machine. I'm a road cyclist who mainly does time trials, hill climbs and audax.

The main selling point for this trainer is that the company guarantees the fluid resistance unit against leakage for life. The Kurt resistance unit uses liquid silicone and not oil - all fluid turbo trainers that use oil are liable to leak at some point. The Kurt unit is constructed in such a way that leakage should be impossible. Time will tell if their claims are true but it certainly persuaded me to buy.

Assembly of the trainer is easy and straight forward. But my first issue is that when attaching the resistance unit itself to the folding frame, the first thing that i noticed was the amount of play between the fixing bolt and the hole in the yoke of the resistance unit. The tolerances arent very good and even when you tighten the fixing bolt up, the resistance unit still moves about quite a bit. Once you install the spring and tension adjusting knob it helps to stabilise things. And of course, once a bike wheel is sitting in the turbo, the play is irrelevant.

Stability of the trainer is excellent. The quick-release locking mechanism is easy to use and holds the wheel securily. The fluid resistance unit is very very quiet. The green colour is actually very nice and makes a change from all those black turbos. I cant say how accurate the power estimations are as i dont have powertap, but the claim is that it's pretty accurate due to silicone not being affected by heat. I'm using the power curve available from their website to get a rough idea of my power based on speed. I just did an hour at 17mph and that felt okay.

When not using the trainer, it folds up for storage and i notice that the resistance unit, being so heavy, tends to flop about quite a bit. A further improvement on the design would be some way of locking this in place.

The other thing of note is that i registered my warranty on Kurt's website and didnt receive a confirmation email so i wasn't sure if they had received it or not. So i emailed them about a week later and asked them if they had received my warranty registration. I received a one word reply - "yes". Maybe they are understaffed at Kurt head office but i expected more than a one-word reply. Funny that a Brit should feel the need to teach an American company some customer service skills!

That's all i can think of, but if you have any questions then post a comment and i'll reply.
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Initial post: 26 Feb 2014 09:15:49 GMT
Lulu says:
Useful review, thanks. I have a bike, but don't have enough confidence to ride it outside much so was thinking of getting getting a stationery bike product for keeping fit rather than as a supplement to road riding. I've been looking at the Kinetic vs something like the Volare Mag Elastogel (£130ish) which seems to get reasonable reviews. I was wondering if you feel it's worth paying an extra £170 to get a Kinetic for this type of use?

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Feb 2014 11:14:32 GMT
S. Hyde says:
Hi Lulu, personally i don't think the Kinetic is worth the extra money. We have 3 turbos at home (Minoura, Cateye 1000, Kurt) and also a set of rollers (Tacx), and the Kurt is by far the quietest. But there are many good trainers on the market at half the price of the Kurt. The Elite Crono Fluid and Tacx Satori/Blue Motion trainers both get good reviews. But I would recommend you try out turbos at a bike shop before buying, or if you are a member of a club, see if other club members will let you try theirs. If you can borrow one, even better, because turbos can be dead boring to use, so see if it's for you before you invest in one.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Feb 2014 11:24:27 GMT
Lulu says:
Good advice, thanks. Thanks also for the name of the other brands. I'll check them out.
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