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duplicating that "road feel" indoors.

Most trainers use a weighted flywheel along with some kind of magnetic or fluid resistance to give you that elusive "road feel" sensation. A few use a computer program to create the magnetic resistance. Only Kinetic by Kurt employs a resistance unit and frame designed to mimic the natural movement of riding out on the open road. They put both parts together in the Rock and Roll 2.0 Trainer.

Kinetic answers the resistance issue with their Road Resistance Unit. The roller itself is the first part of the solution. It's 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 right side has a 6.25-pound (2.84kg) flywheel, the heaviest around, which is what gives the feeling of momentum when you're spinning up to speed, holding speed, and slowing down. On the left side is a unique two-part resistance unit, which is the heart of their system.

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 drive shaft entering the fluid chamber, the Kinetic design eliminates a common design weakness of most fluid-resistance units.

Of course, the system builds heat; your energy has to go somewhere (in this case 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 325 degrees F 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. To give you an example, it takes 143w to ride at 15mph, 258w at 20mph, and 25mph will take 430 watts.

You've certainly noticed that the Rock and Roll 2.0 Trainer doesn't have the traditional dual triangle frame that most stationary trainers have. That's because they want the bike to be free to sway and bob. Instead, Kinetic builds it with wide footprint on the bottom for stability. For the 2.0 version, the legs have been narrowed slightly, so that now they stay within your trainer mat. Then the resistance unit and support legs for the bike are mounted atop a beefy set of plates that sandwich two sets of two elastomers. This spring-loaded arrangement allows the bike to sway laterally and bob up and down a bit, just like you'd feel on the road. Kinetic by Kurt recommends buying its Turntable Riser Ring to go with this trainer. This is, as it suggests, a riser that is mounted on a "Lazy Susan" type turntable so your front wheel can turn or sway.

There are many reasons for wanting "road feel" on your trainer. Seated riding is one thing, but standing on the pedals to accelerate or sprint or stretch your legs are basic cycling acts that are weird and uncomfortable on traditional stationary trainers. Here, you can stand out of the saddle and come very close to the feeling and the power produced when standing on the bike when riding outside. But it's more than just this. Having the bike move underneath you on the trainer will help maintain the core muscles that you use when you ride outside. This way, your first springtime ride will be natural and comfortable, and you'll have the upper body control necessary for long base miles without excessive muscles soreness.

The Rock and Roll 2.0 Trainer accommodates 24in to 29in wheels as sold here. The clamp assembly is designed to work with axles up to 160mm in width, and it uses a knob on the left side to dial down the axle adjuster and a cam on the right to lock the wheel in place when mounting the bike.

Kinetic makes a bike computer that can show power as you're riding the unit. It's sold separately, but it's an easy addition if you want to track your wattage as you train inside. The trainer comes with a quick release skewer that's matched against the cone cups that hold the bike in place. And because the Rock and Roll is all about balance, they suggest placing the rear wheel right in the middle of the roller.

Kinetic by Kurt is so bullish on their technology that the Rock and Roll 2.0 Trainer comes with an unconditional lifetime warranty. It comes in one size and in the color Green.

  • Sealed fluid resistance
  • Rare-earth magnet flywheel
  • Flexible upper portion moves with your bike
  • Accommodates 24-29in wheels, and axles up to 160mm wide
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Great road feel

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

The Rock n Roll trainer doesn't simulate actual bike riding like rollers do, but it's a great alternative to traditional stationary trainers. Paired with the turntable riser, the ride feel is even better and forces you to use more core and upper body strength. I'm also pleased with how quiet this runs compared to other stationary trainers I've owned. Yes, it makes noise but not at annoying levels. One caveat: the Rock n Roll's footprint is pretty wide, and the stabilizer arms add considerable weight. Find a good place in your basement or garage for it, but don't plan to schlep it for pre-race warmups.

Sufferlandria FTW

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Really solid. Beefy construction. Quiet as you could ever expect. I'm 5'8" and 185lb and I have hammered 700+ watts and it is bomber. I've got 500 miles and 20-25 hours on it.

The flywheel is a great benefit in that it keeps it spinning WAY longer than any other trainer I have had; I'm still on the bubble adding the "pro flywheel".

The whole point of it is "the wiggle". Love it. I actually loosened the bolts a full turn or more after being on it a couple hours. I'll tell you it takes getting used to it to smash "tarmac"; you want to rock the opposite way and it is funky at first.

MINOR Cons: 1. Centering it on the roller takes a bit of patience and the flywheel will actually make it lean one way, but I'll grant I'm anal retentive over that kind of thing; symmetry and what-not. 2. No real way to store it (in a collective wad) once you take the legs out unless you buy a $70 bag?

Have 1.0 and its great

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got the 1.0 before the start of winter season and I beat the heck out of it and it's still functioning like new. Where I use it gets pretty cold at points but after a min of training it's like its 60 degrees around and no issues with fluid leaks like with other trainers. I plan to keep using it in the summer to get intervals done. The only downside was the width of the footprint which was narrowed but if u don't have a wide area to work with watch out as it will still take my room than u think

What is the difference between the 2.0 and...

What is the difference between the 2.0 and the previous model?

I have the original Rock N Roll. The 2.0 version made a few changes but the resistance unit is the same. The 2.0 will now accommodate a 29er mountain bike wheel. The same changes that were made apparently reduce some of the bouncing that the first model was occasionally prone to. Finally, the legs are redesigned making the footprint a little more narrow.

Rock It

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

Just got this trainer after using a Road Machine for the past year. I've actually taken a Reebok balance disc and use it as a front wheel riser, which is actually pretty fun. I do notice that I use a little more upper core strength on the unit.

The whole rear of the unit flexes due to the system that allows the trainer to rock back and forth, but it doesn't impact the tire's traction on the roller -- it's just impact the base. I can just barely get the trainer footprint to fit on my Kinetic Trainer Mat -- if you use a different mat, you may just want to check the dimensions and mat sure it's as wide (or a little wider) than the Kinetic Trainer Mat.

The trainer is darn heavy, and it's very portable. You can remove the legs with a 5mm allen key, which helps, but it's still heavy. I plan to keep it in one place, so not a big deal, but if you need a trainer for crit / tt /cx warm-ups, I'd stick with the Road Machine.

Kinetic Rock and Roll Trainer

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do trainers add unnecessary stress on the frame? if so, what does it it look like for the life of my bike?