Minoura VFS-G Trainer Pro Review

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Fluid + Mag Hybrid Resistance System

Minoura VFS-G

Product Description:
Weight: 9.0 kgs (~20lbs)
Wheel size: 26″-29″
Type of Resistance: Hybrid (Uses a Fluid + Magnetic”)
MSRP: $249

Assembly Required:
The VFS-G came in more pieces than other units we’ve tested, but even though it took us a bit, was pretty straight forward to put together. It also came with the necessary hex wrench, this is important, because you’ll need to break down the unit and rebuild it depending on the type of tire/bike you’ll be using on the unit. There is a small cutout on the plastic frame to store the tool, so that you won’t need to go looking for said hex wrench.

So what did we think…
Once assembled, our initial impressions were favorable. It was easy to carry, folded flat, and was easily stored when not in use.

Upon setting up the trainer for the first time we found the adjustment handle and knob to be easy to use, setting up a bike was very quick and painless. The rubber surrounds and pad worked well and kept the unit from sliding around on the floor.

Once setup your bike and weight automatically adjusts the rear wheel to the flywheel, this is thanks to Minoura’s gravity type frame, which provides automatic adjustment of the roller to the rear tire, minimizing tire slippage. Except for extreme moments, where we were out of the saddle sprinting and if leaned forward enough we almost felt the rear coming up. We liked the road feel and the lateral movement added to that good feel.

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Resistance on the VFS-G comes from a hybrid unit, on one side, the VFS-G makes use of fluid resistance, generating an exponential power curve for a more natural road feel. On the other side, the unit adds magnetic resistance to accelerate this power curve. The combination, or hybrid, makes for an extremely resistant unit. Our unit being the non-variable version of the VFS-G we weren’t able to adjust this resistance at all. Which we found to be somewhat of a con. We also found the hybrid resistance unit to very quiet, in fact, one tester found that his drivetrain was more audible than the ~3.3 pound flywheel.

As for tearing it down, a few twists of the knob/handle and the bike was easily off. But to avoid damaging the resistance unit be sure to twist out the adjustment handle and knob back all the way because they will make contact with the resistance unit when the legs drop back down.

Overall, the Minoura VFS-G has some good qualities and is well made. But the unadjustable resistance unit limited the different types of workouts our testers would normally engage in.

Pros:
- Very nice combination of Fluid and Magnentic resistance to generate a nice power curve
- One of the quieter trainers we’ve come across
- Breaks down very easily and stores neatly

Cons:
- Non-Variable version meant we were not able to change the resistance level (Minoura does offer an adjustable version in the VFS-G-R)
- Switching between different types of bikes is somewhat of a hassle, requiring some dis-assembly of the unit.

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Value Rating – 4 stars
Overall rating – 3 stars

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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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