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The 5 BEST stationary bike stands to consider buying in 2015

UPDATE: We have a new updated list for 2017 right here.

With 2015 now nearing its final few weeks, it’s time to take a look at some of the stationary bike trainers you should be looking at buying in 2015.

There are some great options out there for all budgets and skill levels and we’ve tested many of them, and reviewed a fair number too. Trainers range in price from around $50-60 to well over the $300 threshold; and while some indoor trainers out there aren’t always what they should, or could, be, we’ve collected the FIVE trainers we think you really should be considering in 2015.

The deciding factor for us in selecting them here is the quality and value for money you can get from each bike trainer. Because let’s face it, we all work hard for the money, and getting the best value for our hard-earned dollars is an absolute must in this day and age.

So, expect to add one of these to your training regime real soon…

Ever classy for 2015: the Kurt Kinetic Road Machine

Kurt Kinetic Road Trainer ReviewThe Kurt Kinetic Road Machine truly is one of the best stationary bike trainers money can buy. We’ve been riding one (on and off) for over 3 years now, and have to say the trainer is one of the best we’ve ever experienced.

The Road Machine is a fluid-based bicycle trainer perfect for the serious cyclist who wants to get some serious winter training under their belts. Renowned for its non-leaking fluid chamber and a huge flywheel that means stability and resistance, the Road Machine will even take wheels up to 29 inches.

Not the cheapest trainer out there, but with the superb brand of Kurt Kinetic behind it, this is one trainer where you get amazing bang for your buck. The trainer was also redesigned in 2014, tweaking that perfection even higher!

We highly recommend this one – read our full review here.

HOT TIP: Grab the Kurt Kinetic training mat too, it’s a perfect match and will enhance your training session immensely!

Another long-time bestseller: the CycleOps Fluid 2 Trainer

Cycleops Fluid 2 TrainerAnother superb indoor trainer you should take into consideration is the CycleOps Fluid 2. The CycleOps trainer has the brand name of CycleOps behind it, instantly recognizable by the serious cyclists of you out there. As a result, it’s not hard to see why this trainer has long featured on the bestseller lists on online stores like Amazon.

We have enjoyed a number of sessions ourselves on this baby (see our review here), and just recently ordered one for ourselves, as it looks like CycleOps have done some minor but superb renovations this year and created an even better Fluid trainer. We’ll be posting some updates about that soon, so keep an eye out for them!

It’s priced a little cheaper than the Kinetic Road Trainer (see above) and in our opinion is almost on the same level, so well worth purchasing.

Budget heaven for 2015: the cheap and cheerful Magnet Trainer

Magnet Steel TrainerIgnore the bad instructions that come with this trainer; this has to be the best value trainer you’ll comer across online.

We’re still not sure how they built this stand so cheaply in order for it to sell for around $50-60, but there are a ton of happy customers and reviewers online so they are obviously doing something right.

Obviously it’s cheap, and perfect for those of you looking to invest “lightly” in a training regime, or for the beginners of you out there who are not so keen to invest $200+ in a trainer just yet…it also has five resistance settings that seem to keep most beginners happy, is fairly solid, and some even suggest its fairly quiet. Read more about it here.

One caveat we have to add here: you typically get what you pay for. So don’t expect a fancy training stand with this one, because it’s really not. Although it could be your gateway to a new indoor training hobby! And if you’re looking for alternative budget options, don’t miss our guide to the best trainers under $80.

Top quality that often gets overlooked: the Cascade Fluid Pro

Cascade Fluid ProWe discovered this trainer in 2014, and have to say, were mightily impressed.

The Cascade Fluid Pro doesn’t have the big name branding behind it like the CycleOps and Kurt Kinetic mentioned above, but this trainer is another one built to last with tremendous quality. The thermally sealed fluid chamber, for example, should see leak-free sessions for some years…

It’s also notoriously quick and easy to setup, is very stable when setup, and gives one heck of a smooth, quiet ride. Of course there are cheaper trainers out there, but as we’re talking about the BEST trainers to consider buying in 2015, this one has to be on the list!

As an added bonus, this trainer comes with its own riser stand, something that other trainers don’t, and which can set you back another $20. Read our full review of the Cascade Fluid Pro here.

So real you can almost feel the wind in your hair: the Kurt Kinetic Rock and Roller

Kinetic Rock and Roll TrainerWell, no list of the best stationary bike stands is complete without this one, the Kurt Kinetic Rock and Roller.

If you’re looking for a bike trainer that really does offer you the realism of being out on the road, then this trainer is for you. It doesn’t come cheap – it’s typically priced at around $500 – but this is one for the serious cyclists of you out there, those of you who really want to get the ultimate ride in your training sessions.

Why is it so expensive? we hear you cry…well, its unique side to side rocking action is what makes it so special. So special, it really does feel like you are climbing a hill when you get pedaling. Yes, it almost feels like you can feel the breeze around your ears! And thanks to a large flywheel, that stability and resistance is also there to really get those legs pumping.

Highly recommended if you can afford to spend a few more more $$$.

Read our full review of the Rock and Roller here.

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Don’t forget to read our Buying Guide which provides a quick summary of many of the leading stationary trainers out there on the market today!

And if money isn’t an issue, check out the BEST 3 trainers money can buy!

 

The bestselling and very budget-friendly Magnet Indoor Trainer

Magnet Steel TrainerFor those of you looking for a very decent priced trainer, perhaps one that will kick-start your indoor training adventure, the Magnet Indoor Trainer is a great buy.

With many of the decent stationary bike trainers on the market costing upwards of a hundred dollars, with many like the Kurt Kinetic Road Machine and CycleOps Fluid 2 trainers setting you back around $300, the Magnet trainer hits that sweet spot for those of you with a budget of less than $100 (it does, of course, make our list of best trainers for under $80).

You can expect to pay only $65 to $80 for it online, depending on how generous the manufacturer’s are feeling on a particular day. At that price you’d be forgiven for expecting a rickety machine that falls over the moment you start pedaling, but this magnetic bike trainer is actually a very well-made machine. This trainer has constantly made the bestseller list for the last couple of years and you’re about to find out why…

Click here for the very best price on Amazon for this Magnet indoor trainer

What impressed us about the Magnet trainer?

The success of any stationary bike trainer turns on the riding experience it offers and this Magnet Exercise Trainer delivers a premium riding experience at a budget price.

Stability is very important when it comes to indoor trainers and this one doesn’t disappoint. Even when you’re pedaling ferociously and hitting top speed, the machine feels sturdy. In addition, this stationary bike trainer offers excellent resistance throughout its range. It might not offer quite as much resistance as fluid based trainers, but those cost easily twice as much and you always have the option of gearing up for extra resistance.

The magnetic resistance mechanism is nice and smooth – you won’t get the jerky resistance changes you sometimes encounter with cheap trainers – and the resistance intensifies as your speed increases, giving you a vigorous and challenging workout.

In terms of comfort, the Magnet Indoor Trainer definitely exceeds expectations. It’s not the quietest machine around since you’ll definitely be able to hear the flywheel spinning, but it’s not so noisy as to be intrusive. If you’re watching television or listening to music while training, the noise won’t interfere with your entertainment. We must, however, add one proviso – if you use heavy mountain bike tires with deep treads, the machine will be rather loud, but that applies to all stationary bike trainers and not just this budget one.

We also found that this bike trainer does a decent job of keeping the flywheel cool. We still wouldn’t recommend touching the wheel immediately after an intense training session, but we can’t imagine a scenario where you’d want to go and do that…

Take into consideration…

It should be noted that if you’re intending to buy the Magnet indoor bike trainer, you ought to give some serious thought to purchasing two accessories.

The first is a wheel block to lift up the front wheel. You’ll find it much easier to stay seated with the front wheel elevated.

The second is an adapter for road bikes. This trainer is primarily designed for hybrid or mountain bikes, but it can be easily used for road bikes as well if you buy an adapter designed to fit the quick-release skewer featured on most road bicycles. Without this adapter, your bicycle might not be firmly held in place, which could be a little unsafe.

Hybrid and mountain bike owners can be rest assured that this trainer will fit their bikes just fine – it’s designed to fit 26”, 27” and 700 cc bike tires so you’re unlikely to encounter problems if you have one of those wheel sizes.

So, bang for your buck?

If budget is your primary concern, this Magnet Indoor Exercise Trainer simply epitomizes value for money, and gets a rip-roaring 10 out of 10 from us on the value front. It manages to equal or even outperform stationary trainers that cost well over a hundred dollars, and for those of you starting out, it really is one of the best options out there.

Of course, if you’re expecting a whole bunch of bells and whistles, you’re likely to be disappointed. Head on over to our current bestseller list if you’re keen on something just a little better.

It’s no wonder that there are over 900 happy reviewers on sites like Amazon, making this trainer the No. 1 bestseller!

F2 Forza Trainer: a great value bike stand that won’t disappoint

Forza F2 trainer reviewYou might initially look past the F2 MAG Forza bike stand as a true option for your bike training program, but trust us, you really should take this stand seriously (and no wonder it ranks as one of our Top 3 buys for Spring and Summer and is constantly ranked by sites like Amazon as one of their bestsellers)!

It has a number of crucial elements that come right out of the box, starting with the first thing that ALL of us encounter – assembly. With the Forza F2, we’re not sure it could be any easier! None of us want to spend hours setting up our new bike stand, struggling with the removal of wheels, alignment, and getting started – but the Forza F2 really is easy and convenient to set up.

Typically priced at around the $100 mark, it really is terrific value. And you can always find discounts on sites like Amazon, as we’ve seen it on sale for less…

Click here for a 25% discount for the F2 Forza Trainer on Amazon

Another important factor when considering the Forza F2 trainer is the noise level – this bike stand lets you train whenever you want simply because it won’t disturb anyone else in the near vicinity! Other bike stands might be similarly priced (check out our Comparison Table for more options), but we doubt they are quieter than this one. A very persuasive factor for those of you who train at “unsociable” hours. Just be aware that the type of tire is also a factor – smooth road bike tires are anyway less likely to make as much noise as rugged mountain bike tires.

Gear transition is also nice and smooth, with well-balanced traction. Bear in mind that you may need an extension that you can buy here if your bike doesn’t have a quick-release back wheel. This adapter should suit almost all models, and is fairly cheap (under $10). Just not sure why it isn’t included in the main package.

Overall, the Forza F2 is a superb option for those of you training a bit each day, or 2 or 3 times a week. If you need something a bit more intensive and with more resistance (there are some who may need a little more resistance to their ride – we found it satisfactory), check out the mightily good CycleOps Fluid 2 Trainer (see our review).

So, does the F2 MAG Trainer give value for money?

At just around the $100 (sometimes just over, sometimes just under – it seems to depend on demand and the season) the Forza F2 trainer is superb value for money. Great quality, superb low noise-levels, and quick to set up. Perfect for the casual rider wanting to keep to their training program during those cold (or extremely hot) days.

Definitely a bike trainer we can recommend.

Best THREE indoor bike stands for Spring / Summer 2013

We have since updated the site with our guide to the bestselling bike trainer stands of 2014 – read it here.

With Summer well and truly here once again, now is the perfect time to once again think about purchasing an indoor bike trainer. Those days when you get hit by wet, cold bike rides could be (should be!) a thing of the past, especially if you’re serious about your biking.

The stationary bike stands we’ve chosen are the best of the bestsellers online at stores such as Amazon, and from our own experience you really can’t go wrong with any one of these…

If you have any questions, feel free to ping me! And if you’re still not sure of the type of indoor bike stand you need/want, check out this great introduction video.

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Kinetic Road Machine reviewKinetic by Kurt Road Machine Indoor Bicycle Trainer

I’m a firm believer in “you get what you pay for” and this indoor bike trainer is definitely worth the high price. Top of the range, it simply oozes class and quality. This is for all levels, but especially suitable for the semi-pros and even pro-cyclists. One of the best, and you can see why this constantly makes the best-seller list on sites like Amazon. Highly recommended for those of you looking for a top, top experience (this trainer also makes our Top 5 for Winter 2013 list).
Read our full review here…

Blackburn Tech Mag 6Blackburn Tech Mag 6 Trainer (not cheap but a GREAT option)

This Blackburn bike stand has become a big bestseller over the last couple of years and comes highly recommended by many. Not the cheapest option out there, but a superb choice for the serious amateur, and heck, even the serious cyclist too. The lifetime guarantee is also a big clincher for us (read our full review). This has also been the biggest selling stationary bike on this site.
Read more here…

F2 Mag Trainer ForzaForza F2 Trainer

This relatively cheap bike stand, usually priced at just under $100, has been a bestseller for some time and offers amazing value for money. This is one bike stand we’d highly recommend (see our full review) for the more budget conscious, yet serious cyclist. Probably the best value of the three we’ve listed here.
Read more here…

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No matter which stationary bike stand you end up going for (even if it’s not one of these three above) we’d just like to wish you happy riding!

NEW: If you’re looking for excellent value and are wary about breaking the bank, especially as a beginner, you might want to read this: the THREE best stationary bike stands for under $80. In addition, we’ve also reviewed the FIVE best stationary bike stands for winter 2013-14.

Bell Motivator Indoor Bike Trainer: assembly free and with awesome magnetic resistance

Bell Motivator Indoor Bicycle TrainerCycling fanatics like me dread the onset of winter because with winter comes dark and chilly weather that prohibits outdoor cycling. In previous years, I was unable to sustain my fitness levels over the winter months and as a result, my performance in races held in spring suffered severely. Fortunately, that’s all a thing of the past. My wife (also a cyclist) bought me the Bell Motivator Indoor Bicycle Trainer for my birthday and it has allowed me to weather the winter months without any significant drop in fitness.

Click HERE for the very best deal online for the Bell Motivator

Strangely enough for someone so interested in bicycle modification, I am absolutely terrible at product assembly. Whether it’s a wooden table or a toy robot, assembling products is an impossible task for me. That’s why I was so glad to discover that the Bell Motivator Indoor Bicycle Trainer does not require any assembly, giving it a significant advantage over many other more expensive stationary bike stands I’ve seen which require extensive assembly. I had this indoor bike stand up and running in less than two minutes.

When discussing indoor bike trainers, the most important question is, “How does this indoor trainer compare with outdoor cycling?” Well, the Bell Motivator Indoor Bicycle Trainer provides such a smooth and steady ride, it comes as close to outdoor riding as any stationary bike trainer I’ve ever seen. This is the first indoor trainer I’ve used that employs magnetic resistance and I must say that the motion really is much more fluid and natural compared to more traditional bicycle trainers.

The magnetic resistance also makes for added realism in the indoor cycling experience thanks to the progressive resistance mechanism which amps up resistance as your cycling speed increases. I’m always drenched in sweat and panting hard at the end of each indoor cycling workout and that can only be a good sign.

Although this Bell bicycle trainer is fold-able, I found it to be extraordinarily durable. Fold-able bike trainers are notorious for their short lifespans, but this trainer has lasted me a year with no problems whatsoever. If any problems do crop up, the product comes with a five-year warranty for defects in materials or workmanship. However, given the high quality of this indoor bike stand, I’m confident I won’t be using the warranty anytime soon.

Good bang for your buck?

Of course, at the Bell Motivator Indoor Bicycle Trainer’s relatively low price point (usually at just under $100), you wouldn’t expect a perfect indoor cycling experience. Definitely not in the quality league of the Kurt Kinetic Road Trainer, but definitely good value.

If I had to pick one thing to complain about, I’d say that this trainer could be a little quieter. At higher speeds, the whirr emitted by the machine is almost as loud as a vacuum cleaner. Still, as long as you don’t cycle late at night when your whole family is asleep, I don’t see this being a major problem. Plus, you can always use your favorite music to drown out the noise!

All in all, the Bell Motivator Indoor Bicycle Trainer provides excellent value for money. This stationary bicycle stand’s relatively small size belies its top-notch quality and I’m sure I’ll be using this indoor trainer for years to come.

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