Kreitler Alloy Rollers

DESCRIPTION

Fork stand allows you to add sprint workouts by stabilizing the front end.

USER REVIEWS

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[Dec 30, 2006]
Peter P.
Road Racer

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Very smooth (plastic rollers can't touch these).
Very quiet.
Easy to transport, at 24lbs. They fold up into a compact package; just tie the legs together.
Easy to adjust for multiple bikes.
More entertaining to ride because it engages the mind, not like just churning your legs on a trainer. I've read of some riders using these while watching bike racing videos. They get so caught up in the race they ride right off the rollers!

Weakness:

The Alloy version has limited resistance; these are good for a MILD workout. If you're looking to build power or aerobic capacity, buy the "Lyte" series rollers.

I'm re-posting here because I couldn't edit my original review.

Kreitlers are A BARGAIN considering the quality you get for the price. They will last a lifetime-the set I borrowed was over 20 years old! They are easy to transport, if necessary. They are very quiet; no need to turn up the radio or TV. You will develop a much smoother pedal stroke and ride a straighter line once you hit the road. I gave them an Overall rating of only "4" because I have a TruTrainer which addresses a couple MINOR shortcomings of Kreitler rollers. To be fair, Kreitler beats the TruTrainer in portability, though.

Similar Products Used:

Japanese stuff, TruTrainer rollers.

[Dec 30, 2006]
Peter P.
Recreational Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Smooth, smooth, smooth. Balance skills translate to better road riding.

Weakness:

Limited resistance.

Legendary Quality; a lifetime investment at a bargain price.

Similar Products Used:

Plastic drum rollers of various brands; TruTrainer Rollers

[Jan 09, 2004]
dkrenik
Road Racer

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Build quality is amazing. These things will outlast a nuclear blast. If you're serious, this is the way to go when the weather sucks and/or time is limited.

Weakness:

Price.

Have used these for over 7 years. Near daily use in winter and have only replaced belt for "head wind" unit. Great for developing proper technique at higher levels of intensity.

Similar Products Used:

Vetta "4-fan" unit (very noisy) Been so long I don't remember the others

[Sep 30, 2003]
Bradley White
Recreational Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Will never wear out! Worth the price no matter what to stay in shape. Also, does reflect the closest to outdoor riding and you have to keep riding unlike when locked in.

Weakness:

None

Have had kreitler rollers after breaking three other brand rollers. Still going strong, In fact, after learning, could infact stand to challenge and also with no hands when neccessary. Do not suggest.

Similar Products Used:

Minorro? Broke three at $150 to $200 a pop

[Oct 22, 2002]
Keith
Road Racer

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Quality construction.

Weakness:

None.

I have had these rollers for several years now and as much as I hate being indoors riding, I enjoy the rollers much more than a trainer. These rollers are smooth and give a good road feel. The killer headwind unit is worth the money.

[Sep 11, 2000]
Russell Seaton
Recreational Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

QUALITY. Customer service.

Weakness:

Not cheap. Not fun. Not as enjoyable as riding outside no matter what the weather.

There is only one roller to consider if you are interested in rollers, Kreitler. Built in Ottawa, Kansas. I have the Alloy rollers, the forkstand, and the headwind unit. Brother bought the rollers and headwind unit 9 years ago. I took them last year and started using them. Bought the forkstand so I could read and ride at the same time. Doesn't work because you have to concentrate to keep the rear wheel from sliding around and you can't read and concentrate on this at the same time.

It is sort of fun to ride the rollers and stay on them. Its an accomplishment. They do help your smoothness and rpm. Hard to get a real workout on them because you just can't stand to be on them for more than about 30 minutes. You need one of those machines that clamps the rear wheel so you can stand up and ride hard or read for an hour or so. Of course getting stronger in the middle of winter isn't to important. You need the Kreitler's to improve your form and skills. You can get a harder workout by shifting to a higher gear but the 30 minute time limit is still there. The more dedicated you are to training, the more benefit you will get out of the rollers. They are a tool to be used. If you know you will use them, buy them. If you lose interest in things quickly, then don't buy them.

I rode evening rides Mon, Wed, and Thurs last winter and Sat and Sun day rides. Used the rollers when the weather was really bad or on one of the off days. Riding outside is so much more fun. Even if its really cold and windy. Especially at night in a big group. If your choice is a winter bike such as a $500 mountain bike or the Kreitlers, go with the real bike and have fun riding outside. But if you want rollers too, get the Kreitlers. They are the best. Just remember that they are rollers and you are riding inside and they are not "fun" like real biking is.

Similar Products Used:

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