The most road-like feel of any CycleOps trainer. In essence, it's a resistance unit encased in hydraulic fluid. Unlike the Mag's external variable resistance, on the Fluid 2 the harder you pedal, the hotter the fluid gets and the more resistance you experience. But there's more going on than just that: the Fluid 2 is designed with Power Band technology that makes the level of resistance also a function of cadence and gearing. The ranges of resistance you can potentially experience is unbelieveable -- it varies from 20 watts to 725 watts, all a function of your gearing and cadence. The Fluid 2 has a cooling mechanism built in to give tons of durability. And, like the Mag, the Fluid 2 easily folds up and comes with the Quick-Lock bike mount, and a custom skewer.
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I bought this a few years ago and it was working fine. Now when I peddle it seams to have a thump as the back tire cycles. I also seam to be getting more than my share of flat tires even on the trainer in addition to riding outside. Does the trainer require maintenance? Any suggestions on the tire/innertube going flat? We have had a non-fluid trainer for 10 plus years and none of these issues with that trainer. Thank you, Sara
I bought this because I am a wuss and won't brave cold weather under 45 on a bike. I used it all winter and really enjoyed it. It was a very easy set up and I liked that it is quiet enough that I could hop on it after work and do a quick workout without waking up the neighbors (around midnight). I also love the stability of it, as I am currently recovering from a shoulder injury and can easily ride this and not feel like I am going to fall off. I do prefer being outside but when I am unable to this does the job.
This trainer is easy to set up, and bomber. I got this after comparing a lot of different models, and I'm glad I decided to spend more on something that will last forever. One thing I was pleased with is that I can even mount my 29er on it with a smaller size slick tire. I haven't used a lot of trainers, but would certainly recommend this one to anyone looking for one that will be used extensively, and who needs the flexibility to be able to put any size bike on it. It is expensive, but after looking at cheaper versions at a local bike shop, you do get what you pay for. This one will last for years where I could see some less expensive models wearing out in as little as one or two seasons.
The trainer works very well for me and I find the unit challenging but agree with others that it is not a 1 for 1 measurement to the road. I do find an issue with my rear tire gaining a flat spot...I have a Bontrager R7 Plus 700X23 tire...any ideas on that? May just be me being a novice and not an issue with the trainer at all?
There should be a hand-tighten nut on the lower side of the metallic cylinder that the rear wheel rests on. Turning the nut raises or lowers the cylinder unit, thereby adjusting the pressure exerted by the wheel on the unit. You may have to start out with less pressure to allow the wheel to be secured in the hub mating mechanism. Then, once the hub is locked, you can tighten the pressure to fit your needs.
The fluid trainer are noticeably louder but both are considered fairly quiet. I like the progressive resistance I fluid trainer offers for intervals but magnetic trainers such as the 1-up seem to offer good resistance too.
Yup, it works with 700, 650 and 26 inch wheels. The entire resistance unit moves up to contact the tire so there is no need to setup the trainer differentely for your bike and then again to fit a different tire size.
If you Brompton has the standard 16 inch tire it will not work. CycleOps sells a small wheel adapter but it only goes down to 20 inch. The Kurt Kinetic trainers with the small wheel adapters are supposed to fit down to a 16 inch wheel.
This is the first trainer I've used, but I'm really pleased with the CycleOps Fluid 2. It's a smooth ride and feels pretty natural. While it is of course not silent, it is much quieter than my friend's rollers which I've tried. (That said, I'm sure higher end rollers are more quiet.) There seems to be a fair amount of resistance, but I can compare that only to the road. For the same amount of effort, I can go much faster on flat road than I can on this trainer. For those who say it's hard to motivate, I suggest I heart rate monitor, and give yourself some intervals to help the time go by faster. This trainer seems really well made, and is stable.
I have used Kurt Kinetic, OneUp USA, and now CycleOps. The Fluid 2 is as quiet as any trainer I have heard and as realistic a ride as a trainer can provide. The warranty cant be beat. All in all this is a very solid trainer.
I use this trainer for almost two years without problems now. Yes, it's not as much fun as riding outdoors, but sometimes it's just not an option. I bought several training DVDs and if I can't get outside, at least I still get a "ride" in. I'll be buying a second one for my son soon, so we can train together. Nothing like a little father-son competition to keep things interesting.
It does work with many bikes but for sure will accommodate standard 700c road bikes, 26' mountain bikes, for 20' BMX bikes and 24' tire you will need to purchase a small wheel adapter. For 29' mountain wheels you may have to use a narrow slick tire if you have fat knobbys, but using knobby tires on the training is not recommended anyways. You just end up with a lot of noise and wore out tires.
who want to ride a bike in one spot indoors? my wife got me one for christmas. i try to get on it occasionally to make her feel good but it sucks. not that the trainer sucks. i am sure its as good as it gets. its a little loud but i think thats expected. i have to swap out my rear skewer (which might be common with these things) but the bike loads pretty quickly and youre off. well not really off. like i said you dont go anywhere. if youre into these things, i hear this is one of the best. i cant seem to get into it though.
I have really enjoyed this trainer during the snowy winter we have had this year. I am using my mountain bike on it with a slick tire and it is great. Motivation is a little harder on it than taking an outside ride. I would recommend watching t.v. or an intense movie and the time will fly by. Great buy, great product and I have heard all good things for their customer service also.
So, I can tell by the reviews that this seems to work pretty well. But I am wondering about how easy it is to store. Is it okay to move the trainer a lot, because I would have to keep it in a different location than where I would train. Another question is if the trainer is quiet when using road tires?
It's fine to move the trainer. The outer most legs fold up against the main two legs of the frame so it takes a up less space than when you are using it. Keep in mind, it weighs about 18 pounds or so.Smooth road tires are what you want to use on a trainer. Anything with tread will just make a lot of noise. One other thing, don't use expensive soft rubber tires on a trainer, they will wear out very quickly. Grab some cheaper commuter style (but smooth) tires to use on it.