Minoura LR760 Trainer - MSRP $380
The Minoura LR760 trainer is the second trainer in Minoura's LiveRide series. It shares many of the same features as the top of the range LR960, with one exception. The LR760 utilizes a mono leg design instead of the infinitely adjustable U-leg design of its older sibling. The mono-leg design is still quite durable keeping the trainer extremely stable, and for the money saved, is a great value. Like the LR960 the LR760 makes use of a dual Neodymium magnet and a quick release remote shifter. Both offer an industry leading thirteen resistance levels, that can be adjusted with a turn of a knob. Unlike traditional magnetic trainers, which typically use Ferrite magnets, Minoura makes use of Neodymium magnets in their trainers. The rare earth magnets are known for not fading or losing strength and can be adjusted from an easy setting to near impossible, giving the rider plenty of resistance and the ability to replicate real world feel. Minoura also has available a smartphone app that interacts with the LiveRide trainers, called LiveTraining. Minoura's app is an interesting solution for not only recording your training sessions, but replicating your real world routes, indoors. The app is also able to show your wattage output real time using calculations based on the rollers load characteristics.
First though, lets take a look at the LR760 - out of the box you'll quickly notice that the fit and finish of the LR760 is top notch. Made in Japan and able to withstand the rigors of any dreaded long winter indoor training sessions. The trainer's frame is constructed of steel, providing a good stable base, yet remaining relatively light. There are rubber contacts where the trainer touches the floor and they work well to keep the trainer in place. Some assembly is required - You'll need to install the flywheel unit and roller pressure adjusting knob to the frame. The process is pretty straight forward and instructions are included. As a bonus, the Minoura LR760 trainer also comes with an adapter you can install to accommodate smaller diameter wheels so your young kids can use their bikes on the trainer as well.
Once the LR760 is assembled, setting up your bike doesn't take long. Once you've got the bike in place, the quick hub clamp handle locks your bike into the trainer. The hub clamp handle is large enough that it makes it a quick and easy operation. Then it's just a matter of adjusting the distance of the flywheel to the bike wheel and attaching and adjusting the remote tension shifter to the handlebars. Once you have it all dialed in it's very easy to get your bike in and out of the trainer without having to make any further adjustments. When you are done with your indoor training session, it simply folds up and is easily put away.