Minoura RDA850D Trainers

3.4/5 (10 Reviews)
MSRP : $155.00

Product Description

Rim drive trainers are great for mountain bike training and road race warmups where you do not want to compromise the tire surface

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mark H a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: December 27, 2011

Strengths:    -value
- smooth feel
-sturdy and stable
- reliable
- resistance unit easy to guage and has a good feel

Weaknesses:    - a little loud
- low resale value
- low bling/clout
- resitance clamp low quality plastic and can crack

Bottom Line:   
So, ive used rollers, and most recently the Kenetic rock'n'roll and i must say i like trusty Minoura 850D. The remote works like a charm (althouh the clamp is cracked and i had to fix..but i digress) and with jsut 5 settings it does not get too confusing and when you are feeling worked and jsut want to put in some hours/miles to please strava and your followers its easy. With the kenetic there is no such thing as a truely easy spin. For those looking for value this thing has gotta be it. Its portable (great for race day warm up), modular, smooth and best of all inexpensive Not sure what these go for new but on ebay used these thing go un-bid-apon all the time and often if they are snatched up only go for 50 bucks or so.

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Favorite Ride:   Colnago CLX

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   used online

Similar Products Used:   kreitler rollers
kenetic rock/roll

Bike Setup:   colnago clx- duraace

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ciombola1 a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: March 1, 2011

Strengths:    Value for money, sufficient resistance for endurance, relatively low noise, low heat transfer to rim, easy assembly, solid construction, reliable distributor

Weaknesses:    Will not satisfy everyone's needs, skips sometimes, idiosynchratic horizontal positioning.

Bottom Line:   
Doews exactly what I wanted, gets me a high HR and calorie burn for minimal time indoors for recovery and endurance specific training. I expect it to feel different to a road ride - no wind, potholes, angry motorists, traffic lights etc. I don't expect it to replace the road!! Whingers complaining about road feel, get a grip! In the time I used it I would have spent easily the same money on tyres so if I have to replace it when it konks out who cares?? I think critics of this device should put into pewrspective the dynamics of magnetic resistance and mechanical contact for a rim, it is probe to surges and bound by limited resisance./ Used in context of my needs it's fit the brief perfectly. And being a former frame designer and mechanic, I'm rather fussy with equipment. If Campagnolo made one it would be triple the price and performance which I would purchase happily...but they do not.

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Favorite Ride:   Mt Lofty / Norton Summit twin peaks

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   trak cycles

Similar Products Used:   TACX, Elite & Minoura trye drive...I'll never use another tyre drive again, not even Mag-rollers.

Bike Setup:   Ciombola Culo Carbonio LE / Record

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by pmchan a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: February 10, 2008

Strengths:    quite, inexpensive

Bottom Line:   
Using the unit for about 2 weeks and done 7 workout on that.

It can provide enough resistence (max 500w on 50KMH) for most racer and resonablely quite. However, the ride feeling is not exactly "road" like.

If you want to train your sprint, this unit is not for you. Otherwise, it is a quality product with reasonble price tag.

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Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   local bike shop

Bike Setup:   Merida 907

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Dan Tillirson a Commuter

Date Reviewed: September 10, 2006

Strengths:    Can't think of any.

Weaknesses:    plenty beginning with set up

Bottom Line:   
Makes lots of noise, squeals and does not resemble "road feel". It does not fit small narrow rims very well at all - wants to slip when starting off.

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Price Paid:    $135.00

Purchased At:   e-bay

Similar Products Used:   performance rollers

Bike Setup:   700 X 23C tour easy recumbent; specialized allez

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by bocoll a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: May 5, 2006

Strengths:    Inexpensive. Reasonably smooth ride.

Weaknesses:    Unable to mechanically withstand years of heavy use.

Bottom Line:   
Trainer gets about 9 hours/week of use. During the first year parts of
the magnetic resistance assembly started breaking off inside the cover
and the unit eventually seized. I was able to disassemble it, clean
it, and put it back together with a hose clamp to hold it together and
it's been working OK since then. That was over a year ago.

The v-belt wore out after about 2.5 years (no surprise with heavy use)
and finding a replacement was difficult. Branford Bike advertises
replacements belts "for all Minoura rim drive trainers" so I ordered a
belt from them bit it was too wide and the wrong size and wasn't even
close to fitting. At first they wouldn't take the belt back but
eventually did after I filed a complaint with the BBB and US Postal
Inspection Service although I never got my return shipping fully
refunded for what was entirely their mistake. Awful service. I finally
got a belt directly from Minoura who seemed very happy to help out.

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Price Paid:    $155.00

Purchased At:   BB Bicycle

Similar Products Used:   Other trainers.

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