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Kinetic Road Machine 2.0 Fluid Trainer

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11 Reviews


Making inside more like outside.

It seems like every trainer on the market purports to provide a ‘more road like feel,’ but living in Utah, we ride more than our fair share of trainers, and we’ve found this to be less than true. The Kinetic Road Machine 2.0 Fluid Trainer is the exception to this experience, though. Its heavy flywheel, silicone fluid, and massive array of cooling fins add up to a trainer that provides an incredibly consistent power curve. In fact, it’s so consistent that Kinetic includes a chart that shows exactly how many watts you’ll have to generate to attain a specific (though still stationary) speed.

The thing that really sets the Road Machine apart, though, is its lack of a driveshaft –a notorious point of failure in most trainers. Instead, Kinetic uses six pairs of rare earth magnets on the flywheel and impeller. The magnetic strength of these paired magnets mean that the flywheel and impeller are spinning at the same speed at all times, without any mechanical connection.

  • Silicone fluid resistance
  • Rare-earth magnet pairs in place of a driveshaft
  • Consistent power curve
  • Item #KIN000A

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  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Everything that you want in a trainer. It's quiet, it's consistent, it's stable and easily transported. Bill is great to work with at Competitive. He and I traded a bunch of emails on what trainer would be best for me and he was never "selly." He also called to follow up a few weeks later. That's true service and something that gets lost in the world of online purchases and email reviews.

Do your research

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought this in March of this year after doing exactly what you are, reading reviews from guys like me as well as professional bike gear critics. I read that it's "not as easy to mount your bike" as others on the market. I disagree. However, if you find it challenging to change out a roll of TP, you may object. To plagiarize what Ron Popeil says, you just set it and forget it (sorry Ron). Once the left side is set, you only need to unscrew the right side a few turns until you can disengage the threads with a nifty swing bracket and retract the slide lock. There's no learning curve here. Unless of course you're still working out the kinks on getting that umbrella closed. Aside from the ease of mounting and dismounting, it's well built, solid and stable. The resistance is perfect for me and it's a snap to adjust the tension against your tire. The unit produces zero noise and doesn't heat up after a solid hour as I go. What I can tell you lastly is that I honestly expected less for the price (of course CC offered it at the lowest price) so my expectations were far exceeded when it arrived.

Great Trainer

    Amazing trainer, I was wrestling with getting this one or the Rock & Roll. This one works well for my needs. May splurge and get the Rock & Roll at some point in the future. Solid product, easy on and off, feels very stable even during maximum power workouts. Highly recommended.

    kinetic is the best!!!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    This is the only cycle trainer to consider unless you want higher end that is computer controlled. I have been using this trainer for a couple of weeks and have found it much more enjoyable, realistic, and more sturdy than my previous trainer. I used to use a Cycleops Supermagneto Pro trainer.

    Sturdy and quiet

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    My Road Machine has been great so far! Its quiet and I can hammer without feeling like I'm going to fall over or flex the thing apart. Its heavy, so I may keep my cheap Travel Trac for crit warm ups, but I can see the Road Machine lasting years.

    Works so good and hurts so bad!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Trainers have come a long way and the fluid resistance unit is key area to why they have improved so much. The wattage and speed charts Kinetic provides is a great reference to have. I always know how out of shape I am! Much quieter than my old magnetic trainer too.. family appreciates that!

    Fantastic fluid trainer

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Purchased the KK Fluid 2 trainer to keep my cycling fitness up through the winter and to be able to ride on summer days if it's raining or too windy (for example we had 85 mph winds here yesterday). Prior to this purchase I borrowed 2 different trainers from friends: 1) A magnetic trainer, which was not enjoyable to use at all. 2) Cycleops Fluid2 Trainer, which was nice and convinced me I wanted a Fluid trainer, but did not seem very durable and I did not care for the way you secured and removed the bike from the trainer.

    I went for the KK trainer because it was more stout and the online reviews raved about this model. I can concur that the KK Fluid 2 is very stout and easy to mount your bike onto and quickly remove. I also purchased the riser block and mat and went to the extent of purchasing a cheap rear wheel and trainer specific tire so I'm not using my good wheels or wearing out good tires.

    This trainer is IMO quiet, provides a near road like feel, and is very sturdy even when I'm up out of the saddle cranking away. I've used it for almost a year now and cannot find any faults with it.

    Good Machine

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    The ride is smooth and relatively quite. You don't need to max out the volume on the tv or with headphones. It is still a little loud for the neighbors below if you are in an apartment. It also has a really nice feel to it when riding. I would be interested in trying the larger flywheel to see how it changes the feel of riding.

    Does this trainer work with Zwift? If so how does it adjust for hill climbs and downhills in Zwift?

    Best Answer

    It does not adjust up hills and downhills in Zwift. You can shift up or down to "adjust" resistance and in my experience riding a 50-11 gear feels a lot like going up pretty steep hill. However if you want it to adjust atomically you need to go up in price a bit and look at the plug in "smart" trainers.

    However you can use it with Zwift with as long as you have a speed sensor or power meter that Zwift can see. If you only have a speed sensor then Zwift will calculate your power based of the consistent power curve that is offered this trainer (and most other fluid trainers on the market).

    They sell a power accessory that clips on the back to work with zwift, it will not adjust the gradient but what zwift does is use a algorithm to adjust your virtual speed on screen. I think it's about $50 for the add on plus your doggel of course