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.

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

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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