LeMond Fitness Revolution Indoor Bike Trainer Review

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Lemond Revolution Indoor Bike Trainer Review

  • Price is $499.  $549 with cogset
  • Weight: 32 lbs
  • direct drive eliminates the wheel and tire interface from the trainer
  • Resistance is fan based.

Inspired by the original wind resistance trainer that Greg LeMond used to prepare with, LeMond Fitness introduced the all-new Revolution bike trainer earlier this year. It promises to deliver the inustry’s most real-to life road feel and performance output to ensure cyclists of all levels stay in peak physical condition regardless of the weather outside.

Featuring what Lemond coins as HIT, High Inertia Technology, it’s designed with a large, weighted flywheel that emulates the inertia of a rolling bicycle. It spins freely when the pedals aren’t engaged and delivers progressive wind resistance to simulate real-world conditions. The design is said to create a smooth, natural feel while pedaling with no lag when the rider slows down or changes gears, lets see if their claims are true…

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About the author: Thien Dinh

Thien Dinh gained most his cycling knowledge the old fashioned way, by immersing himself in the sport. From 2007 to early 2013, Thien served as RoadBikeReview Site Manager, riding daily while putting various cycling products through its paces. A native of California, Thien also enjoys tinkering with photography and discovering new music.


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  • rob says:

    Nope. Using Kurt Kinetic. Won’t use or buy LeMond because he’s a lunatic and I don’t support lunacy.

    That, and I like using my powertap too much.

  • Bob's Roll says:

    I own the LeMond Revolution and I love it. I don’t really enjoy trainers I like the open road. I have had other trainers and still own a Cat Eye CS-1000. The Revolution is 100% better than the other trainers. I don’t find the noise to bothersome. I did have to make a small adjustment with my barrel adjuster to get the shifting just right. I like the fact that if I get a drink from water on the bike and stop pedaling the trainer coast like a normal bike. The other trainers would stop abruptly; they take awhile to spin back up. With the Revolution you don’t have that problem. Anyway I use this trainer, and I never use my other ones and that says allot.

  • Mike says:

    Best trainer I’ve ever used, and I’ve had more than a few. The noise only becomes an issue because you have to turn up the TV or radio to hear it. The trainer’s noise is just like a fan, and the pitch is not at all annoying. Great design, although I wish it was compatible with my Garmin speed/cadence sensor or had a sensor that was truly ANT+ compatible. Looks like I’m forking out the money for the full computer system.

  • Diamond Dave says:

    Uhhh….the adjustments to the barrel are meaningless in this scenario. What you WILL need to adjust is the limit screws to accommodate different spacing of the cogs on the freehub in relation to what is on your wheel. That is both very inconvenient and also out of reach for some riders; this is getting into bike repair territory as far as skills.

    And since this requires a crank-based power meter, the cost goes up exponentially for those looking to train with their powertap wheel. Far more of us have a PT wheel than SRM or Quarq cranks — which makes this trainer start to really get spendy.

    A ton of negatives are listed and it still gets 4.5 stars? Why even use a rating system?? Isn’t 4.5 stars supposed to mean “pretty darn close to not having any negatives”? So…$550 to start, might have to be a mechanic to use it, recommend having a 2nd bike to be ideal, need SRM or Quarq cranks to train with power (the very foundation of indoor training), louder than most, kind of need one per bike since swapping bikes is a problem:

    4.5 stars. No comprende.

  • Scottishyard says:

    I also own the lemond rev trainer. I find that the bike and trainer take up less room in my apartment than any of the cyclops or similar trainers. Its not as loud as everyone makes it out to be, at least so far. Maybe its because I have fewer reflective surfaces in the way? I can comfortably train at 5am without waking my wife or kids.

  • Scottishyard says:

    However, It doesnt store away as easily as a folding trainer BUT by taking the 3 main bolts out it doesnt take up much room that way and fits under the bed just fine or behind my couch without issue. It is rather heavy but that also makes it one of the more stable trainers Ive used.

  • Scottishyard says:

    “Uhhh….the adjustments to the barrel are meaningless in this scenario. What you WILL need to adjust is the limit screws to accommodate different spacing of the cogs on the freehub in relation to what is on your wheel. That is both very inconvenient and also out of reach for some riders; this is getting into bike repair territory as far as skills.”

    Why not just get a cassette that is identical to the one that is on your bike? I use a shimano 5700 11-25 on my bike. My trainer came with a 5700 12-25. I didn’t have to make any adjustments. Takes a whole 5 minutes to switch cassettes out even if its your first. Chain whip and a lockring tool is all thats needed.

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