CycleOps SuperMagneto Pro Trainer - MSRP $399
If you've been researching indoor trainers, it's almost a certainty you've come across CycleOps in your research. CycleOps makes training products ranging from the PowerTap on the road to full on indoor cycles to rear wheel trainers and rollers. They offer a range of trainers from their classic line, including wind, magnetic, and fluid trainers. But for those looking for the crème de la crème, CycleOps offers their Pro Series of trainers. The Pro Series includes the PowerBeam Pro ($1299 MSRP), the JetFluid Pro Trainer ($379 MSRP) and sitting in between the SuperMagneto Pro Trainer ($399). The SuperMagneto Pro is a magnetic trainer that makes use of four powerful rare earth magnets to provide four different resistance levels. With an easy turn of a dial, the trainer can be fine-tuned from an easy starting out pace to a very intense and challenging setting.
Out of the box, the SuperMagneto Pro comes pre-assembled and is ready to go as soon as you setup the trainer by pulling it's legs out and into position. A dial on the left leg will let you adjust the trainer should you have a funky uneven floor, but we found we didn't need to fiddle with it. The SuperMagneto Pro comes with a training skewer, a Race Day DVD, and instruction manual. A quick swap of skewers on our bike and we were prepared to mount our bike into the trainer. You'll want to pull back on the cam lever located behind the trainer to adjust the resistance unit back and into the fully open position and out of the way. Then you'll be able to easily position the bike onto the trainer, first by mating the driveside skewer into the fixed cone. The yellow clamp knob on the other side will lock the bike into place, but be sure you have the notches on the skewer side lined up for a secure lock. The bike should be stable on the trainer now, you'll then push the resistance unit up until it touches the rear tire and then lock it into place with the cam lever. Removing the bike is just as easy as reversing those steps. The process is very quick and we had to hesitation using the same bike on weekend rides and putting it into the trainer for night time rides after work.