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Kinetic By Kurt Road Machine Review

by RL Policar


Overview:

Critics love it. Riders adore it. You’ll wonder what you did without it. Join the pack on the world’s best fluid trainer. Quiet. Smooth. And completely leak-proof. It’s the most realistic ride out there. From sprints to intervals to an all-day cruise, the powertap calibration gives you the truest simulation of an outdoor ride. Automatic resistance adjustments as you change speeds.
It’s the trainer you’ve been waiting for. Get on. Don’t look back.

Disclaimer:
As a product reviewer for Commute By Bike, I am providing my unbiased opinion of any products provided to us by any company. I do not posses any type of relationship with the products company or parent companies. I am not compensated in any way by companies that send in their goods to be reviewed.

Testing Grounds:
My home.

About Me:
I am your average weekend warrior and occasional racer. I love biking and anything that has to do with biking. I look for quality, affordability and ease of function in all bicycle products I test.

Product Tested:

Kinetic By Kurt Road Machine

First Impressions and Comments:

After opening the box my initial thought was….”WOW!” This trainer is built well. I’m no welder or anything, but the welds, and over all construction of the trainer is very impressive. The welds appear to be strong and sturdy and the flywheel is beautiful.

The initial test on the trainer was a good experience. Set up took minutes and they even provided me a special skewer if my OEM one didn’t fit the trainer. But there was no need for that. I simply tried out the Ibex Trophy 770 then my Giant Cypress LE (which doesn’t use QR), Fezzari Wiki Peak and then the Ibex Corrida. None of those bikes had any problems mounting onto the Road Machine.

Features:

  • 6.25 lb flywheel for realistic coast down
  • Powertap calibrated resistance unit
  • Sealed fluid chamber with magnetically coupled driveshaft
  • Thermodynamically neutral silicone resistance fluid
  • Consistent resistance at multiple temperatures
  • 80 cooling fins to dissipate heat
  • Lowest operating temperature of any fluid trainer
  • Smooth, quiet resistance from 5-3000 watts
  • Approved for tandem use
  • Guaranteed not to leak
  • 2 1/8” roller reduces tire wear
  • Unconditional Lifetime Warranty on entire trainer
  • Crash replacement policy for a lifetime of use
  • Compatible with all bikes with 16″ – 29″ diameter wheels

Strengths:

  1. Easy setup, takes less than 2 mins to set up the trainer and mount your bike.
  2. Super quiet when using road tires.
  3. Easy to follow directions on DVD.
  4. Spinnervals DVD they sent me provided awesome work outs.
  5. Real road feel when training.
  6. Crash replacement policy for a lifetime of use
  7. Compatible with all bikes with 16″ – 29″ diameter wheels
  8. The most important aspect of the trainer….IT IS VERY STABLE!

Weaknesses:

  1. Nada
  2. Zero
  3. Zilch
  4. Nothing

Summary:

I think the Kinetic Road Machine By Kurt is absolutely brilliant! I couldn’t believe how stable this thing was. I gave it a good work out over and over again. I would even pump hard during the Spinnerval DVD workouts and it was stable. I did fall off the bike and trainer one time, but that was user error, I didn’t tighten the mounts and during a sprint session, BAM! I fell off and into the couch.

But regardless of my irresponsibility, the Road Machine is a piece of genuine Americana ingenuity! I fell in love with the trainer and I am very VERY VERY confident that you will too. In fact, I give credit to the Road Machine for assisting me with my weight loss. During the 3 weeks of testing the product, I actually lost 7lbs and I certainly feel the difference when I am out on the road or the trail. I am much faster and I can tolerate lactic acid build ups much longer than before.

Would I recommend it?

YES! I really like this machine. I seriously think if you are in the market for an indoor trainer, you need to highly consider the Kinetic Road Machine by Kurt, you will not be disappointed! You know another great thing about this trainer, it folds up so you can take it with you to warm up with at the velodrome or the trail right before a race.

Cost:

MSRP – $330.00

But you can find the Road Machine as cheap as $269 with free shipping!

Links

Kinetic By Kurt

Where to Get it?

 
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4 Responses to “Kinetic By Kurt Road Machine Review”

  1. j d martin says:

    Nice article but dude..wash your tire before using it a trainer.

  2. AJ says:

    Thanks for the review – I am considering one of these and your input has been really helpful! THANKS AGAIN -

  3. Plu says:

    Hi

    A serious question about using a Kinetic fluid Trainer

    I have a giant OCR Zero with a compact chainset. I cannot seem to get the resistance up. I push top gear and don’t get a sweat up over an hour. If I make the tyre closer I end up with rubbers all over the floor and the curtain behind. I struggle to get my heart rate over 100bpm.

    What am I doing wrong?

    cheers Plu
    mpluss@optusnet.com.au

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