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If we all had our druthers, we’d own multiple trainers — a lightweight one for travel, one that feels as smooth as the road for home use, and maybe a set of rollers, too. With the Kinetic Road Machine Fluid Trainer, you get the same smooth fluid resistance unit as featured on the Rock and Roll Trainer attached to a lighter, more compact frame. It’s the best of both worlds. 

The Road Resistance Unit is an impressive feat of engineering. It uses a 6.25-pound (2.84kg) flywheel and a completely sealed fluid resistance unit. Together, they give you a consistent road-like feel and resistance curve. The tire roller is made of stainless steel and is 2.5in (6.35cm) in diameter, which is a good bit larger than much of the competition. The larger roller means less wear on your tire and it reduces the temperature of the spinning elements.

The resistance unit is unique as it's made of two parts. The first is the driver made of a small flywheel embedded with six rare-earth magnets. The other half is a completely sealed cast-aluminum fluid chamber that is bolted to the housing containing the driver. The fluid chamber contains an impeller with corresponding magnets. As you ride, the magnets in the driver spin the impeller through medical-grade silicone fluid to provide the resistance. And since there is no driveshaft entering the fluid chamber, the Kinetic design eliminates a common design weakness of most fluid-resistance units.

As expected, the system builds heat in the form of friction. However, the fluid acts as a coolant and the chamber has 80 cooling fins on the outside that act like radiator fins. It's impossible to overheat the chamber or reach a point where performance is diminished. The silicone fluid retains its physical properties, even up to the normal operating temperature of 325degrees Fahrenheit when riding 25mph.

There are several benefits to this system. Because it doesn't overheat, the viscosity of the fluid doesn't change, and that results in a consistent road-like power curve that increases as your speed increases. Kinetic published a chart to show exactly what speed goes with how many watts. To give you an example, it takes 143w to ride at 15mph, 258w at 20mph, and 25mph will take 430 watts.

For the Road Machine Fluid Trainer, the Road Resistance Unit is attached to a more traditional triangular base. The base is 32in (81.28cm) wide when open. The bike is attached to the trainer via two threaded knobs, with a locking quick release on the right side. When folded flat it is 26in (66.04cm) wide and 6in (15.24cm) tall, a good bit smaller than the packed size of the Rock and Roll Trainer, and it weighs about 20lbs less. It works with wheels from 22in to 29in in diameter.

The Kinetic Road Machine 2.0 Fluid Trainer is green and comes with its own quick release skewer that assures a good fit in the cone-shaped cups that secure your bike to the trainer. Like all Kinetic trainers, it comes with an unconditional lifetime warranty. A bike computer, that shows power as you're riding the unit, is sold separately.

  • Silicone fluid resistance
  • Rare-earth magnet pairs in place of a driveshaft
  • Consistent power curve
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Great trainer, better customer support

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought the first version in 2011. Very sturdy trainer compared to similar machines of other companies. It's like comparing a 1 ton truck to a compact pickup, beefier, heavier, and just feels well made and rugged. The resistance is smooth and realistic. Mine recently started making a loud noise after 8 years and around 3200 miles. I was disappointed because I didn't think that was much mileage; however, I contacted customer support, filled out an online form and sent in a short video clip of the rumbling resistance unit. They responded within the hour of the first customer support email that I sent them and told me a new resistance unit is on the way, I'm impressed!

You can go round and round about types of trainers and their costs. This one is a bit pricey at $300+ for a stand alone "unsmart" trainer but it has great feel and great resistance and with their lifetime warranty that they honor it's hard to beat.

nice, smooth, roller, sets up easy

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

This is a great trainer for an introductory rider. Nothing fancy, but it works. I'd always recommend rollers, but in the alternative, this is a nice trainer.

Don't get fat during the winter

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you are looking for a basic trainer, that is easily transportable and want to use it anywhere from home to warming up for a race this may be what you need. The fluid resistance gives it a great power curve and it stays fairly quiet.

Now if you are looking for something more advanced to work with trainer road or swift to give feedback resistance there are better trainers out there. You can get the inRide option for this to get power and cadence data that can be used with programs like Zwift. Now setting that up can be tricky as it has to run through your phone because it is Bluetooth but with the new Zwift for IOS it does make things a little simpler.

This basically get the job done for what it is. If you are looking for a smart trainer there are other options out there. I would get the inRide add on though as the power data will help with your training.

If you would like to talk more about trainers please feel free to reach out to me and we can discuss what options will work for you.

Don't get fat during the winter

I understand trainer choices are a personal decision, but I’ve run into a bit of a conundrum and would love any input.

I currently have a Kinetic Road Machine Smart Control unit from 2017. It works (I know, rare!), but I’m getting a bit sick of the warm-up, calibration etc.

As a bit of a primer, with the winter coming in NC I’ll be doing the vast majority of my training inside with a little bit outside on the rare nice weekend. I do NOT foresee myself using zwift or any augmented reality platforms, but I will probably be using TrainerRoad or SufferFest for structured workouts. Currently I’ve been using the Kinetic Fit app.

I’m of two minds on what to do next. One option is to get the 2018 Kickr. It would give me greater trainer functionality, remove the need to calibrate every time, and give me the portability and adjustability for uneven floors.

My other thought is to get the Garmin vector 3 pedals and downgrade to a “dumb” trainer (Roadmachine etc.) This would give me the option of doing power training outside and get power readings inside. As well, I do kind of like the idea of the simplicity of a fluid trainer that doesn’t need to get plugged in etc., lower maintenance.
However, I’m not sure if I would miss the trainer controlled resistance particularly in structured workouts indoors.

Any recommendations or advice are welcome!


Andrew, I'm new to cycling. My question is, will I be able to see. My power watts without adding a power metter.? To use it with Trainerroad or swift?


  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Everything that you want in a trainer. It's quiet, it's consistent, it's stable and easily transported. Bill is great to work with at Competitive. He and I traded a bunch of emails on what trainer would be best for me and he was never "selly." He also called to follow up a few weeks later. That's true service and something that gets lost in the world of online purchases and email reviews.

Great Trainer

    This is a great offering from Kinetic, not the most high end trainer out there, but has great road feel, better with the upgraded flywheel. Keeps me busy during the winter months.

    Avg. ride time: 1h 8m per week
    • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

    Does this trainer work with Zwift? If so how does it adjust for hill climbs and downhills in Zwift?

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    It does not adjust up hills and downhills in Zwift. You can shift up or down to "adjust" resistance and in my experience riding a 50-11 gear feels a lot like going up pretty steep hill. However if you want it to adjust atomically you need to go up in price a bit and look at the plug in "smart" trainers.

    However you can use it with Zwift with as long as you have a speed sensor or power meter that Zwift can see. If you only have a speed sensor then Zwift will calculate your power based of the consistent power curve that is offered this trainer (and most other fluid trainers on the market).

    They sell a power accessory that clips on the back to work with zwift, it will not adjust the gradient but what zwift does is use a algorithm to adjust your virtual speed on screen. I think it's about $50 for the add on plus your doggel of course

    Do your research

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I bought this in March of this year after doing exactly what you are, reading reviews from guys like me as well as professional bike gear critics. I read that it's "not as easy to mount your bike" as others on the market. I disagree. However, if you find it challenging to change out a roll of TP, you may object. To plagiarize what Ron Popeil says, you just set it and forget it (sorry Ron). Once the left side is set, you only need to unscrew the right side a few turns until you can disengage the threads with a nifty swing bracket and retract the slide lock. There's no learning curve here. Unless of course you're still working out the kinks on getting that umbrella closed. Aside from the ease of mounting and dismounting, it's well built, solid and stable. The resistance is perfect for me and it's a snap to adjust the tension against your tire. The unit produces zero noise and doesn't heat up after a solid hour as I go. What I can tell you lastly is that I honestly expected less for the price (of course CC offered it at the lowest price) so my expectations were far exceeded when it arrived.

    Nice review, particularly the analogies. <thumbs up>

    I have a 12x142mm Thru-axle on my Norco Search, will this device work with this thru-axle?

    Great Trainer

      Amazing trainer, I was wrestling with getting this one or the Rock & Roll. This one works well for my needs. May splurge and get the Rock & Roll at some point in the future. Solid product, easy on and off, feels very stable even during maximum power workouts. Highly recommended.

      kinetic is the best!!!

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      This is the only cycle trainer to consider unless you want higher end that is computer controlled. I have been using this trainer for a couple of weeks and have found it much more enjoyable, realistic, and more sturdy than my previous trainer. I used to use a Cycleops Supermagneto Pro trainer.

      Avg. ride time: 2m per week
      • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

      Sturdy and quiet

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      My Road Machine has been great so far! Its quiet and I can hammer without feeling like I'm going to fall over or flex the thing apart. Its heavy, so I may keep my cheap Travel Trac for crit warm ups, but I can see the Road Machine lasting years.

      Avg. ride time: 2h 43m per week
      • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

      Works so good and hurts so bad!

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Trainers have come a long way and the fluid resistance unit is key area to why they have improved so much. The wattage and speed charts Kinetic provides is a great reference to have. I always know how out of shape I am! Much quieter than my old magnetic trainer too.. family appreciates that!

      Awesome trainer

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Used to have a cycleops magneto, the kinetic is hands down the best!!!

      Fantastic fluid trainer

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Purchased the KK Fluid 2 trainer to keep my cycling fitness up through the winter and to be able to ride on summer days if it's raining or too windy (for example we had 85 mph winds here yesterday). Prior to this purchase I borrowed 2 different trainers from friends: 1) A magnetic trainer, which was not enjoyable to use at all. 2) Cycleops Fluid2 Trainer, which was nice and convinced me I wanted a Fluid trainer, but did not seem very durable and I did not care for the way you secured and removed the bike from the trainer.

      I went for the KK trainer because it was more stout and the online reviews raved about this model. I can concur that the KK Fluid 2 is very stout and easy to mount your bike onto and quickly remove. I also purchased the riser block and mat and went to the extent of purchasing a cheap rear wheel and trainer specific tire so I'm not using my good wheels or wearing out good tires.

      This trainer is IMO quiet, provides a near road like feel, and is very sturdy even when I'm up out of the saddle cranking away. I've used it for almost a year now and cannot find any faults with it.

      Avg. ride time: 1h 54m per week
      • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

      Kinetic Road Machine

      By Kinetic By Kurt

      Avg. ride time: 1h 54m per week
      • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

      Good Machine

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      The ride is smooth and relatively quite. You don't need to max out the volume on the tv or with headphones. It is still a little loud for the neighbors below if you are in an apartment. It also has a really nice feel to it when riding. I would be interested in trying the larger flywheel to see how it changes the feel of riding.