I have been using this trainer for the past few years and every time I pull it out and get ready for winter riding, it has never let me down.
I have used plenty of trainers over the years from Tacx, Elite, Wahoo and Kinetic and they all have a purpose. I will discuss the Cycleops here, but if you do have questions on other trainers, please reach out to me.
As stated, every time I pull this out of storage it is ready to go, even if I am not ready for spinning indoors. I always find it helpful to watch something on t.v whether it is sports related, a movie or on some other platform. I find that this trainer as compared to others is best used while seated and spinning. While the fluid will create added resistance when pushing a larger gear out of the saddle, it just doesn't feel right. For this reason, I love using this trainer when I plan on doing higher cadence intervals while seated, or low cadence out of the saddle. This doesn't have the heaviest flywheel out there for fluid trainers, but the fins do add a little more resistance to the ride. Downside is that the fins also create a bit more noise while riding. This could be a problem if riding with neighbors below as the reverb will be passed along to them (something to keep in mind).
All things considered this is a great trainer that will meet the needs of the majority of us looking to keep conditioned throughout winter, or the ability to jump on for an hour out of the day, when riding outside ins't an option.
Please reach out with any questions you may have about this trainer or others.