Featured User Review: Kurt Kinetic Road Machine Indoor Bicycle Trainer

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Featured User Review: Kurt Kinetic Road Machine
by Vitix2

Price: $299
Overall Rating: 5 of 5
Value Rating: 3 of 5

Bike Setup:
My indoor training/beater bike is a NOS Casati Gold Line (Columbus SPX)with old Campy and Mavic Open Pros..

Favorite Ride:
I like em’ All!

I just took delivery of my new Kurt Kinetic Road Machine and did a 45 minute workout. I have traditionally preferred rollers over trainers, and did not often use the Performance Travel Trak Trainer (Fluid)that I’ve had since the mid 90’s. However, 30-45 minutes on the rollers is about all that I can tolerate due to the concentration needed, and I want to be able to comfortably be able to do longer inside workouts, so I figured it was tie to get a new up to date trainer.

My first impression was that the Kinetic has a good clamping system that is a big improvement over the old, lower end system on the Travel Trak. Sadly, other than that, the cheaper, older Travel Trak does not fall short in any notable way to the Kinetic.

The Kinetic performed fine and the quality was what I’d anticipated. It’s just that once you take away the marketing hype, a trainer is a trainer. The Kinetic is smooth and stable, but so was the old, cheap thing I was using. The kinetic wins in terms of the bike mounting hardware and process, and the old cheap thing wins in terms of price and noise level. Yes I can’t believe it either, but the Performance trainer is quieter by more than a little bit. Additionally, the Performance fluid module does not heat up nearly as much as the kinetic’s does and I’m certain that they improved the bike clamping system by now.

I’m not a fan of Performance products, and I actually try to avoid the place, but as I said before, a trainer is a trainer.

The kinetic is good and I liked it, but I’d say that the level of difference from one fluid trainer to the next is probably not enough to agonize over. Go with the one that looks the best to you and costs the least. Unless you get a lemon, you’ll probably find it to be adequate.

– Coast down
– Smoothness
– Stability

None…Well, maybe the Neon Lime Green color!

Similar Products Used:
Performance Travel Trak Fluid Trainer, Kreitler Challenger Rollers, Sportscrafters/Cyclops PVC Rollers

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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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