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If you’ve spent any time at all on a trainer, you know it’s a static, boring trip through old cycling videos, loud music, and sweaty basement time. The Kinetic Rock n Roll 2.0 Trainer doesn’t change all of that, but it does provide a more road-like feel at the flywheel, and a significantly more comfortable, realistic motion to the bike as you pedal. It used to be that if you wanted a bike to feel like you were riding it indoors, you opted for rollers. We love roller tricks as much as the next group of bike nerds, but sometimes you just want to hop on, do your workout, and feel like you almost rode outside. That’s where the Kinetic Rock n Roll 2.0 comes in. The top part of the trainer moves as the bike moves to simulate power inputs on the road, which is especially noticeable during hard, out of the saddle workouts. Additionally, the resistance unit uses a flywheel with six rare earth magnets embedded, which provide the resistance. This is attached to an impeller that spins through silicone fluid inside the sealed fluid chamber. These two features add up to a wheel that spins like you’re outside, and a bike that rides like you’re outside, so while it can’t change the weather, it can help change your workouts.
- Sealed fluid resistance
- Rare-earth magnet flywheel
- Flexible upper portion moves with your bike
- Accommodates 24-29in wheels, and axles up to 160mm wide
- Item #KIN000B
- Q & A
Great road feel
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
The Rock n Roll trainer doesn't simulate actual bike riding like rollers do, but it's a great alternative to traditional stationary trainers. Paired with the turntable riser, the ride feel is even better and forces you to use more core and upper body strength. I'm also pleased with how quiet this runs compared to other stationary trainers I've owned. Yes, it makes noise but not at annoying levels. One caveat: the Rock n Roll's footprint is pretty wide, and the stabilizer arms add considerable weight. Find a good place in your basement or garage for it, but don't plan to schlep it for pre-race warmups.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Really solid. Beefy construction. Quiet as you could ever expect. I'm 5'8" and 185lb and I have hammered 700+ watts and it is bomber. I've got 500 miles and 20-25 hours on it.
The flywheel is a great benefit in that it keeps it spinning WAY longer than any other trainer I have had; I'm still on the bubble adding the "pro flywheel".
The whole point of it is "the wiggle". Love it. I actually loosened the bolts a full turn or more after being on it a couple hours. I'll tell you it takes getting used to it to smash "tarmac"; you want to rock the opposite way and it is funky at first.
MINOR Cons: 1. Centering it on the roller takes a bit of patience and the flywheel will actually make it lean one way, but I'll grant I'm anal retentive over that kind of thing; symmetry and what-not. 2. No real way to store it (in a collective wad) once you take the legs out unless you buy a $70 bag?
Have 1.0 and its great
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I got the 1.0 before the start of winter season and I beat the heck out of it and it's still functioning like new. Where I use it gets pretty cold at points but after a min of training it's like its 60 degrees around and no issues with fluid leaks like with other trainers. I plan to keep using it in the summer to get intervals done. The only downside was the width of the footprint which was narrowed but if u don't have a wide area to work with watch out as it will still take my room than u think
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Just got this trainer after using a Road Machine for the past year. I've actually taken a Reebok balance disc and use it as a front wheel riser, which is actually pretty fun. I do notice that I use a little more upper core strength on the unit.
The whole rear of the unit flexes due to the system that allows the trainer to rock back and forth, but it doesn't impact the tire's traction on the roller -- it's just impact the base. I can just barely get the trainer footprint to fit on my Kinetic Trainer Mat -- if you use a different mat, you may just want to check the dimensions and mat sure it's as wide (or a little wider) than the Kinetic Trainer Mat.
The trainer is darn heavy, and it's very portable. You can remove the legs with a 5mm allen key, which helps, but it's still heavy. I plan to keep it in one place, so not a big deal, but if you need a trainer for crit / tt /cx warm-ups, I'd stick with the Road Machine.
Kinetic Rock and Roll Trainer
By Kinetic By Kurt
What is the difference between the 2.0 and...
What is the difference between the 2.0 and the previous model?
I have the original Rock N Roll. The 2.0 version made a few changes but the resistance unit is the same. The 2.0 will now accommodate a 29er mountain bike wheel. The same changes that were made apparently reduce some of the bouncing that the first model was occasionally prone to. Finally, the legs are redesigned making the footprint a little more narrow.