Kinetic Road Machine 2.0 Trainer
The best fluid trainer has been made even better with version 2.0. It's quiet, smooth, and 100% leak-proof. Whether you're doing intervals, threshold work, or recovery spins, the Road Machine 2.0 has you covered. There is not another trainer that more accurately replicates an outdoor ride.
Oversize/overweight charge applies to this item.
Worked great for winter training.
Spoiler Alert! The end of this story is a happy one, but it takes a while to get there. The star rating I've assigned is based on the quality of the customer service, which followed what I believe was a failure in design. Meaning, if I had not had a problem with the device, I would never have had the experience of "testing" the customer service. The story begins with my interest in finding an in-home trainer to use during periods of unfavorable weather, which here in the desert is the middle of Summer. I began the quest with a firm understanding that I knew nothing about stationary trainers, except for the fancy clotheshorse a friend had in the corner of her bedroom, lovingly given as a gift by her encouraging spouse, but quickly relegated to the duty of supporting a pile of dirty laundry and the morning's post-shower towel. Being an information geek, and after an exhaustive search and review of opinions, I compiled a short list of criteria that was important for my purposes: 1) With multiple road and mountain bikes languishing in the corner of my shop, I decided to focus on this style of trainer that simply supported a real bike, rather than an all-in-one unit. 2) After reading about problems with seal leakage on the main shafts of other designs, I felt the Kinetic concept of using magnets to engage the roller side to the resistant side, across a sealed wall, was both innovative and bulletproof. 3) A few obscure reviews I read from others dealings with the Kurt company suggested they actually walked the walk, rather than just talk the talk, when it came to backing up their guarantee. Armed with those decision points, I made my choice on the Kinetic road Machine model and found a sale on one at a local bike shop. Like a kid with a new toy, I was excited to get it home, set it up, and put in some hot laps in front of the TV while watching a replay of a Supercross race for motivation. I dust off one of the unused road bikes from the shop, set up the trainer next to a couch, and plug the bike into the axle support system. That was my first clue something might not be right. The anchoring mechanism for the axle did not fill me with a great deal of confidence, right from the start. It just didn't seem to be very secure in the way the latching device was holding the axle. It seemed like a modest amount of pressure was causing the latch to spring back, allowing the axle to slip from the cups. I should have known better than to reject my better judgment, but I managed to convince myself that the curious weakness had to be by design of the engineers, and I must be missing some obvious way that it would be more secure when my weight was on the bike. So, like any dumb ass kid eager to play with his new toy, I figured the only way to give it an honest test was to get on it and have a whirl. This overeager decision was my second mistake... my first mistake was choosing a road bike instead of one of my mountain bikes. All of my mountain bikes have flat peddles... I never clip in when off road. I am old school that way, spending childhood in the 60's, right through adulthood, riding ridiculous off road terrain before anyone ever coined the term "mountain bike". Hence... my still riding flat peddles. However, as mentioned, I was about to straddle a road bike, with foot-capturing peddles. At first, I gingerly sat down on the seat, looking down at the latch mechanism to watch for slight movement... all seemed okay. Then, one foot on a peddle, then the other. Still, latch was fine. I began to slowly peddle, not taking my eyes off the latch, my confidence growing with each revolution. After a minute of building confidence, I adjusted my feet to clip into the peddles, gradually increasing speed with each stroke. Finally, my confidence had grown to the point that I decided I would try standing up. At this point, my new toy had a temper tantrum. The moment I stood up, with the torque from the first down stroke, that latch suddenly gave way, springing to the full UN-locked position, immediately releasing the right side axle mount, allowing it to slide clear of the axle. You might note that I said the "right side" axle mount... the left side was still firmly affixed to the left mount. This unsupported angle was of course unsustainable, and rather than jettisoning forward, wheeling across the family room leaving a wake of burning rubber -- as would be depicted in a Wyle E Coyote & Road Runner cartoon -- I was immediately thrown to the right. It's an interesting fact that as fast as things can go wrong on the road, with practice, you can typically get your feet loose from the peddle. In this case, it happened too fast. When I fell over, I landed on both a cherry wood end table and a marble coffee table. The marble coffee table survived... the cherry wood table, not so much. It is now many pieces of expensive kindling sitting in a box in the corner of the shop. I continue to insist that one day I will try to glue it back together. Unfortunately, besides the damage to the furniture, I also re-injured my right knee... one that can not afford more damage. The injury kept me from riding anything for several weeks while it healed. By the time it did heal, we were into Fall temperatures and I no longer needed the indoor trainer. So, that was the bad news. The good news is how the people at Kurt handled my call. I grant you that some of their decisions may have been influenced by visions of "Product Liability Lawsuits" dancing through their dreams, but I sincerely believe that was not their main motivation for taking care of my complaint. From the very get-go, a customer representative was caring, concerned, and highly attentive. She asked if she could replace the unit with a new one and get that one sent back for inspection. I said I was, frankly, not the least bit confident in getting another unit of the same model, for there was no way I would ever have any confidence in the latching mechanism, no matter how secure it seemed. So instead, she told me about the next model up, the Rock-n-Roll model, that had a much more secure design to the latch. I knew from my research that model was substantially more expensive, so I figured it was worth checking out to at least see how the design was different. Once I agreed to the replacement, things happened fast. That very day, they sent via FedEx overnight with morning delivery, a brand new unit of the Rock-n-Roll model. With it, they sent a call tag and prepaid mailing label so I could box up the one I had and have it picked up so the engineers could mull over it. I have to say the company response is why I put 4 stars instead of 1 star. Did they respond with a sense of urgency because of the seriousness to the product failure? I certainly hope so. But it was more than that. It really felt like their commitment to customer satisfaction was already an instilled habit that simply happened to grease the skids in their response to my situation. From their standpoint, this really could have created much more exposure on their part. For instance, if someone had this unit and tried it while next to a glass table instead of wood or marble, the outcome would have been grim. Or even, had I been next to a third-story window, it would have punted me directly into open air, where I really would have had a momentary expression akin to Wyle E Coyote's when he finds he ran out of road next to a bottomless chasm. ("Beep, Beep!") I have no doubt that by now, the latching design of the Kinetic Road Machine has changed. I have since put many hours on the other model (Rock-n-Roll), and have confirmed my reasoning for selecting the style of resistance device as a superior design. Hopefully, this long-winded review has helped someone.
I have had this trainer for about 15 months now. I also purchased the Kinetic mat and the sweat guard. The trainer is easy to set up with the bike and is stable when you ride. The flywheel is substantial and helps contribute to a real road feel. It also makes the trainer heavy overall which isn't necessarily a bad thing. The best thing I like about this trainer is that it is fairly quiet, especially when I use it on the training mat. If you really get it going you can hear it but honestly your wheels probably make more noise than the trainer itself. To get a hard workout you have to use a high gear (big ring in the front). Then you can use the back gears to adjust the level of effort you want. I haven't had any issues with wearing out tires as is a common problem with all trainers. I usually don't tighten the drive wheel up against the tire a lot, just enough to keep it from slipping when I ride. A smooth tire works best. My main use of the trainer is for warm-ups before a race. I've used it a few times during the winter months but I don't ride it every day like some folks. There are two negatives I have to mention. First, the machined aluminum cups that hold the rear skewer may not fit well on your stock skewer. To be fair, Kurt includes a steel skewer with rounded ends that fits perfectly but if you are like me and want to use it to warm up for a race you're not going to be swapping out skewers. The second negative is that recently the machined cup on one side came off the screw. While the trainer still works fine, I don't like having this piece separate as I fear it may get lost at some point. It doesn't look like anything broke off but maybe it did. I have not contacted Kurt about the issue yet, I'm sure they can resolve it with a replacement if necessary.
Strong, sturdy and quiet. Easy to set up and and does not take much space when in storage. I was so happy with my Kinetic trainer at home, we now have one in our Physical Therapy Clinic. Thanks.
I've had this trainer for 2 years now without any issues. It is much quieter than my previous magnetic unit, and the feel is also a lot smother. The only downside is that is doesn't have the option to add the heavier flywheel. The price is a bit high, but if you wait it goes on sale from time to time
Unlimited lifetime guarantee is rare and amazing, but perhaps unnecessary as this trainer is easy to use, store , is well designed relatively quiet. This is the only current trainer on the market I would recommend to anyone :)
I have had my Kinetic Road Machine for about 4 years. I use it through the cold Michigan winters. I use a trainer specific tire so the trainer is pretty quiet. It simulates the road better than I would expect. I have trained through the winter and when I get outside in the spring I can manage the same average speeds on the flats. Clearly, this trainer does not simulate hills, but it works great for intervals. I actually won a free trainer that was classified at "better than the Kinetic" but I used it twice before switching back to the Road Machine. I would recommend this trainer for anyone that can't ride through the winter. It works great.
Have had this trainer since December, 2013 and it has performed great. It is sturdy, smooth, and quiet. Excellent road feel. My one small complaint is the quick release mechanism. I like to have my bike very secure. After leaving the bike in the trainer for a while, I found it a little difficult to loosen the turn-knob for the quick release mechanism. This is the only reason I give it a 4-star. Otherwise it gets a 5+!
Durable trainer that is practically bombproof. Great for warming up at races or for those crappy days when your stuck inside. Very smooth consistent resistance. Highly recommend.
This trainer is awesome! Super smooth and quiet with a nice quick bike release feature. Coming of of a Blackburn trakstand defender, a magnetic trainer that I've been using for the last 15yrs, the kinetic is such a pleasure to use. This trainer is so quiet I can watch videos at normal volume and have conversations without the need to raise my voice. This trainer doesn't vibrate through the house like my old magnetic one did. With a lifetime warranty this thing is definitely worth the money.