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We've got to hand it to CycleOps for making the experience of training within the confines of our homes and gyms more than just tolerable. In fact, with the new Fluid 2 Winter Training Kit — complete with the Fluid 2 trainer, two climbing blocks, trainer mat, and sweat guard — you just might find yourself actually enjoying your winter training program this year.

First, this training kit includes the CycleOps Fluid 2 Trainer. What makes a fluid trainer different from a magnetic trainer is the resistance unit. Rather than being a giant magnet, the unit is encased in hydraulic fluid. Unlike a magnetic unit, where the resistance is external and variable, a fluid trainer relies on pedal speed to increase resistance. Therefore, the harder you pedal the more resistance you experience. Additionally, CycleOps uses Power Band technology that makes the level of resistance also a function of gearing and cadence. This gives you a range from 20 watts to 725 watts, with a single trainer. The Fluid 2 also has a cooling mechanism so that no matter how many watts you produce, you won't see billows of smoke.

The Fluid 2's two-inch roller means you'll have a smoother ride with less tire wear. It features a wide, stable base so that you'll feel secure on any surface and asymmetrical leveling feet ensure you'll always be balanced. The rear wheel mounts easily and a simple cam-lever tightens the resistance unit around the skewer. You won't have to readjust your bike every time you put it on the trainer. Sprint, jump, and time trial without the worry that you'll pull the rear wheel out of the trainer.

Additionally, CycleOps wrapped the trainer into a package that includes several nice accessories for home use. This includes two climbing blocks, a guard to protect your frame and components from sweat, as well as a mat that keeps your trainer securely in place on the floor.

The CycleOps Fluid 2 Winter Training Kit will accommodate tires from 26in to 29in with rear spacings of 120mm, 130mm, and 135mm. It includes the two climbing blocks, sweat guard, and mat.

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