Kurt Kinetic – Road Machine Review

19 Jan

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Whilst visiting the London Bike Show towards the end of last year, I met the guys from Chocolate Distribution who are the UK Agent for Kurt Kinetic turbo trainers. I had heard some good reports about Kurt Kinetic trainers from some friends who live in the USA. Sadly, at the time, they were not available in the UK. So, it was interesting to so them in the flesh at the bike show. After a lengthy inquisitive chat about the trainers, Chocolate Distribution very kindly asked if I would like to try out the Kinetic Road Machine. Being a bit of a turboholic, I accepted their very kind invitation. Like a lot of people out there, a turbo trainer is a great way of keeping the legs relatively in shape during the dark and dismal winter months.

 At the time, I had been training on a two year old Tacx Satori turbo. The Satori wasn’t a bad trainer but I found the noise levels quite high as it droned away. In fact, my 5 year old daughter could hear it quite clearly when she was upstairs. On one occasion, she actually woke up from a deep sleep thinking the noise was a space ship landing in the near by field! ðŸ™‚ Also, I didn’t find the Satori that stable on the floor whilst in use. 

A week or so later, a rather large box arrived on my doorstep. Whilst I was happy to see the Road Machine I was dreading putting it together. If it was going to be anything like the Satori, then it would be a pain in the rear. I don’t know if you have ever put any of that flat pack furniture together, but you can soon give up the will to live, especially attempting to follow those poorly laid out instruction. However, I needn’t worry, assembly was a simplistic task and it was all ready within 5 mins! 

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Once fully constructed, you soon realise what a bit of kit this is. It does indeed look quite impressive as its legs are extended out. Has rather a substantial look about it! The Road Machine also comes with a DVD and rear wheel turbo skewer which must be used whilst operating/training on the turbo. The turbo comes in quite a nice shade of green. Once placing the turbo into position, the actual turbo wheels arms which clamp on to either side of the skewer are a dream to use. Each side extends out until you place the rear of the wheel into the centre of the actual turbo fly wheel. The arms are nicely engineered and have a locking device on either side. On the left side, Kurt Kinetic have come up with this novel device whereby once you have completed your session, you just flick the locking device latch and the arm moves back for a quick release.  I guess if you are training on a rather expensive bike, then piece of mind is a big thing! 

Now for some technical stuff about the trainer – The unit comes with a 6.25 lb flywheel  and a Power-Tap calibrated resistance unit. It is constructed with a sealed thermodynamically neutral silicone resistance fluid chamber (guaranteed 100 % no leaks) with a magnetically coupled drive-shaft. It also has 80 cooling fins to dissipate heat and topped off with an unconditional lifetime warranty!

Mounting the rear wheel into the turbo is a relatively straight forward procedure. Once you have worked out the centre of the fly-wheel, you just screw over the left arm into position. The right arm will remain in place, so its easier on the next turbo session. Once in position, you then just screw the fly-wheel into position onto your tyre. Personally, I have a turbo rear wheel which consists of a Continental turbo tyre, Mavic rear wheel and Campagnolo 11 speed cassette. Just makes life a whole lot easier and doesn’t wear out your road tyre.  

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So, how does it perform during training and under load? One thing you most certainly notice is how quiet this trainer is. Its amazingly quiet compared to my previous trainer and other trainers I have used in the past. The only noise you here is a kind of slight swooshing sound which I guess is generated by the internal fluid. Looking down at the frame as you pedal, there is very little movement or sway. The trainer holds the frame in place quite snugly and not a vice like grip. So, the power you generate through the crank has a direct transfer to the rear wheel. The feel of the transmission is very smooth and gives a kind of road like feel. Even when you are changing up or down the cassette range, there is no harshness about the feeling. Depending on how hard you want to turbo, you increase the resistance through the gears which works perfectly fine. The fly-wheel appears happy at all speeds and the turbo does not rock when you get up off the pedals. Even when warming down from a session, the fly-wheel has a lovely feel and action. Now, the all important Daughter test! I’m pleased to report, she cannot hear it from upstairs. However, she still has to put up with her Father’s lousy taste in music!

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Kurt Kinetic also sell a front wheel stabilising block which I’m not that hot on. Personally, I just find the block a little sharp around the edges. I prefer more of the front wheel bed type of block. However, the front wheel block does not come with the turbo, so that is an additional item if required

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Verdict – If you are looking for a good quality, low noise turbo trainer which is built for purpose, then I would recommend you give the Road Machine a go!

 

 Below – Team Type 1 working out on their Kurt Kinetic Turbo Trainers. 

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Foe further information, please contact Kurt Kintetic http://www.kurtkinetic.com/index.php or Chocolate Dstribution  http://www.chocolatedistribution.com/

 

 

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One Response to “Kurt Kinetic – Road Machine Review”

  1. CicloByron July 18, 2011 at 12:33 pm #

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