Elite Volare Mag Gel Trainers

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Volare Mag Gel

User Reviews (5)

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Simon, a weekend hack   Recreational Rider [Jan 28, 2013]
Strength:

Smooth operation, resistance settings, easy to set up if you follow the instructions.

Weakness:

As has been said, there's no lateral adjustment option to speak of. Also, while I listen to thrash metal when I spin, I can still hear an air raid siren-like whirr at high RPM. Won't make you any friends late at night, but that's probably true of most trainers.

+1 to what Ryan a Road Racer said - secure the rear wheel firmly, don't use knobby tyres, keep your tyre inflated, don't brake, and don't suddenly change gear (i.e. apply a massive change in torque). Stick to those rules and the gel won't wear down. It's nowhere near as fragile as some of these reviews make it sound. I've been zipping away on it for quite a while now, and while there's a black tyre discolouration on the roller, there's no wear at all.

Good trainer for mere humans who just want to spin and don't need reams of training data.

Similar Products Used: Life Fitness Keiser M3 spin bike
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RATING
4
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5
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Jeffrey   Recreational Rider [Feb 18, 2009]
Strength:

Sturdy, folds easily, securely holds bike in place, good "riding" feel and very quiet.

Weakness:

Small area for tire to meet gel rolling surface and no way to adjust side to side contact patch.

I ride/run short duathlons, compete and ride for the purpose of staying in shape. I've had three other trainers before this one, only one of which I really liked. I'm loving this one for sure! Quiet, has a great feel. I like the spring loaded tension on the rear tire... it's all good. Got this trainer for a great price (barely used) on the internet. Perfect for nights with the kids when I can't get out to ride, but need to log some time in the saddle.

Similar Products Used: Cycleops, LeMondand other wind trainers
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RATING
5
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4
Ryan   Road Racer [Mar 04, 2008]
Strength:

Since the trainer partically uses your body weight, it has the most realistic road feel of any trainer I've used. It's quiet.

Weakness:

Mine doesn't have a remote resistance switch, but I can add this as an upgrade.

I had to post a review to offset what the other gentleman said about the elaso-gel. There are about 5 things you have to do to protect the elaso-gel coating on the roller. The 2 most important are: 1 always keep your tire presure above 100 psi; and 2 NEVER use your brakes. I got my trainer in December and I've already put 400 miles on it with NO problems.

Similar Products Used: I've owned 3 sets of rollers and 3 different trainers.
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5
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5
TripeTriangle   Road Racer [Dec 29, 2003]
Strength:

Five setting Smooth Steady

Weakness:

Loud? or just my tyre?

Great trainer. Starting my second season on it. Smooth, can be set for easy spinning, or real high for a killer workout. 5 setting, all available on the handlebar. I've used the same tyre on it two years in a row, I think that the tyre I use is noisy, b/c the unit seems quite, but the tyre is loud.

Similar Products Used: some mag trainer at LBS.
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RATING
5
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5
GVF   Road Racer [Dec 02, 2003]
Strength:

While it worked, it was very silent.

Weakness:

Elastogel.

While it worked it worked great. One month after the purchase the elastogel started to wear away, I contacted Elite and the elastogel isn't sold as a spare part!! So I spent $150 on a trainer that I was only able to use 1 month. Dont buy this elastogel crap!

Similar Products Used: Fan trainer.
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1
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1
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