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The EIGHT best bike trainer stands to consider buying in 2014

2017 UPDATE: Don’t miss our updated list
of the very BEST trainers to buy in 2017!

We’ve reviewed many of the very best stationary bike trainers out there, many of which you can find in our Reviews and Buying Guide sections, but we thought we should compile a list of the EIGHT best stationary trainers you’ll want to consider buying in 2014.

Price, brand, and even weight are NOT the deciding factors in our list; what matters most is the quality and value for money we believe you can get from each and every one of the trainer stands on our list. So yes, a range of top priced bike stands, together with a couple of the best value budget stands we’ve come across, plus a couple of new stands we’ve recently had the pleasure of checking out. And a few more you’ll really want to consider…

Also – don’t miss our guide to the best bike stands and cycling accessories for the upcoming winter!

The legendary eight, in no particular order…

Top quality and our fave: the Kurt Kinetic Road Machine

Kurt Kinetic Road Trainer ReviewOne of the very best indoor bike stands we’ve had the pleasure of experiencing, the Kurt Kinetic Road Trainer is a fluid-based bicycle trainer that has helped us and many cyclists keep their winter training sessions on track. The non-leaking magnetic drive system ensures that your training can continue unabated without any messy leaks! It’s also remarkably quiet and will take wheels up to 29 inches – unlike many other stands out there. Not the cheapest, but we highly recommend this one – read our full review here.

Another top quality contender: the Cascade Fluid Pro Trainer

Cascade Fluid ProWe only recently discovered this bike trainer, but are glad we did! With a thermally sealed fluid drive, this Cascade Fluid Pro trainer is guaranteed to give you what should be years of training. It’s a smooth and stable ride with this one, and the front riser that comes with it (and therefore saves you around $20) also means you have three different height options. Again, not cheap, but if you’re looking for something top of the range, this is certainly one to consider. We’re even beginning to think it could oust the Kurt Kinetic from its rank as our own personal favorite…Read our full review here.

The Best Cheap Bike Trainer Stand of 2014

Magnet Steel Trainer

With the economy burning a hole in many of our pockets, we’re always getting asked for our recommendations regarding good value trainer stands. The Magnet Indoor Exercise Trainer has to be one of the best value options out there, if you’re really concerned about keeping costs down to a minimum. Typically sold for around $50, this is one we’d definitely call cheap and cheerful! Certainly a superb option for beginners and with hundreds of reviews and happy buyers on Amazon, it bags our Best Cheap Bike Trainer Stand for 2014 award! Read more about it and the other best value bike stands we recommend right here.

The Best Value Bike Trainer Stand of 2014

Forza F2 trainer reviewOK, so as we mentioned above, finding a decent value indoor training stand in 2014 is a mission for many of us with limited budgets, so here’s probably the best value stand we’ve come across over the last couple of years – the Forza F2 Trainer. This great value trainer is typically priced around $100, but you can often grab yourself a nice little discount on Amazon. Perfectly suited for the riders who train 2 or 3 times a week and need a decent workout. It’s easy to setup and the noise generated is surprisingly low. Not the quality you’d associate with a Kurt Kinetic or Cascade Fluid Pro, but definitely the trainer that wins our Best Value Bike Trainer Stand for 2014 award. Read our full review here.

Top quality and superb value for 2014: the Blackburn Mag 6 Trainer

Blackburn Tech Mag 6If you’re looking for an alternative to the superb Kurt Kinetic Road Machine, but want to save yourself some 30%, we can highly recommend the Blackburn Tech Mag 6 Trainer. It usually comes in at around $200, but is a great and quality option for the more serious of you cyclists (and even the non-serious of you). There are six resistance levels to enjoy, which can be adjusted directly, and easily, from your handlebar. A bike stand made to enjoy, it’s also very sturdy and stable as it’s made of tubular steel, which ensures a safe ride and a long-lasting trainer. Read our full review here.

The classy quality of the CycleOps Fluid 2 Trainer

Cycleops Fluid 2 TrainerAnother top quality indoor trainer to consider is the superb CycleOps Fluid 2 Trainer. This little beauty is not cheap, coming in at around $300, but is definitely one of the trainers to consider if you’re after top quality. A very quiet trainer, the Fluid 2 also has a realistic resistance experience thanks to a larger than normal flywheel. The self-cooling mechanism also works wonders, making the lifetime manufacturer’s guarantee almost unnecessary…And don’t worry about the legendary poor setup instructions – we’ve got a cool little video that shows you how to quickly set it up! Read our full review here.

The bike stand with an amazingly realistic ride: the Kurt Kinetic Rock n Roller

Kinetic Rock and Roll TrainerA question we often get asked is just how realistic a ride can an indoor trainer give you…well, the Kurt Kinetic Rock n Roller has to be the ULTIMATE ride! You do have to pay a certain premium for the experience, with this trainer regularly coming in at $500 or so (the new smart version costs a little more but is well worth it). But there’s nothing out there on the market that has the Rock n Roller’s rocking mechanism that simulates the riding motion, particularly when climbing hills. It also has one of the biggest flywheels around, adding to the realism when trying to build and maintain cycling speed. Read our full review, including a great video, here.

An excellent choice for Pro-Bikers – the 1Up USA

1 UP USA bike standThe last indoor bike trainer to make our list for 2014 is the 1Up USA, a stand that is regularly getting some top-notch feedback from pro cyclists on forums like MountainBikeReview.com. It really is a great option to consider, with its terrific Centrifugal Pressure Resistance, which many suggest add to the reality of your training session (but if you’re really after the ultimate riding experience, try the Kurt Kinetic Rock n Roller, see above). The only drawback is that you can only order it from the official website. They don’t distribute the stand elsewhere, ruling out the possibility of grabbing a discount, which is a shame in our opinion (as we are always looking to save a few $$$).

 

 

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.

With Christmas almost upon us, don’t miss our TEN must-have cycling accessories –
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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.

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