Interbike: Kinetic Z Rollers

Cool features, lightweight and portable design appeal to the athlete on the go

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Kinetic  Z-Rollers

Kinetic was on hand at Interbike showing their new Z-Rollers. Kinetic is well known for their line of trainers, but this is their first roller. The Z-Rollers are a folding, compact design that offer lightweight and portability.

We talked to David Simpson, Marketing Manager for Kinetic and he explains, “We wanted to bring a mid pricepoint roller to market, we had a lot of demand from elite level athletes especially track athletes and cyclocross athletes that we sponsor. They wanted a portable roller to take with them to their races. We’ve determined through our research that the 3 and half inch drum (3.5″ x 14.7″) is optimal for the vast majority of Kinetic users. There is enough room in the frame to go larger or smaller if we decide to in the future. We think our Z Rollers are unique and stylish and fit in well with the Kinetic brand. We use a combination of materials like composite and aluminum to produce something that is both lightweight and durable.”

Kinetic Z-Rollers (folded)

Features of the Kinetic Z-Roller:

  • Compact, portable tri-fold design
  • Lightweight
  • Precision-machined aluminum drums with very high quality bearings and balance
  • Smooth, quiet ride
  • Fits bikes with wheelbase from 38.2″ to 43.3″
  • Ready to ride right out of the box
  • Unconditional Lifetime warranty

MSRP of the Kinetic Z-Rollers is $309 and they will be available for in bike shops in about 6-7 weeks (early November 2014). The weight is approximately 20 lbs (according to Kinetic).

While we haven’t tried these rollers in person, we look forward to getting a test sample in for review. If the quality is on par with the Kinetic trainers that we’ve tested in the past, we expect these to be a solid choice for athletes on the go.

For more information visit www.kurtkinetic.com

This article is part of RoadBikeReview’s coverage of the 2014 Interbike trade show in Las Vegas. For more from Interbike CLICK HERE.

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About the author: Gregg Kato

Gregg Kato studied journalism and broadcasting in college while working many different jobs including deejaying, driving a forklift and building web sites (not all at the same time). Kato enjoys riding local Portolla Valley roads. Besides being an avid cyclist, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.


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