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With those autumnal evenings already kicking in, we thought it was about time we reminded you of some of the very best stationary trainers out there, just to keep your winter training session in gear!
With wet and windy weather soon on its way (hands up who’s missing the summer already?), there are, of course, a number of indoor biking stand types to consider, depending on your budget and preferences. In this post, we’ve come up with FIVE stationary bike trainers that we highly recommend, ranging from old popular models that are always big sellers throughout the winter, to a couple of newer models we’ve come across recently.
I’m pretty certain one of these will do a very fine job this coming winter – and as always, if you have any questions, feel free to get in touch.
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Our fave: the quality Kurt Kinetic Road Trainer
The Kurt Kinetic Road Trainer is a fluid-based bike stand that really will have your winter biking sessions right on track. Its unique magnetic drive system ensures that, unlike other fluid-chamber stands, this one won’t leak. No need for the usual rings and seals that often break down with extended use – the Kurt Kinetic Road Trainer will keep on keeping on! It’s also a very quiet stand, very durable and stable, and fits wheels up to 29″. And although it’s one of the more expensive stationary bike stands out there, it’s also one of the very best.
Read our full review here.
The stationary bike stand that will keep the budget-conscious VERY happy
I think we’re all aware of how much the economy has been biting many of us very hard over the last couple of years (at least), so a budget friendly stationary stand is always a good thing, right? We did a review of the best bike stands out there for under $80, but the Indoor Cycling Trainer Exercise Stand shipped by CyclingForLess is a superb option from those we reviewed. Stable and durable, it’s also fold-able, a great plus for those with minimal storage space. It might be a little noisier than our fave the Kurt Kinetic Road Trainer, but it truly is really great value!
See our review of the best budget bike stands for under $80.
Quality for beginners and pros alike: the Blackburn Tech Mag 6
If your budget can’t quite stretch to the Kurt Kinetic, but you want a little more than the budget option we listed above, then I’d highly recommend the Blackburn Tech Mag 6 Trainer. Priced at typically the $200 mark, this bike trainer is perfect for whatever level you ride at. With SIX levels of resistance, which can be easily adjusted from your handlebar, this is one bike stand we’ve enjoyed immensely (my son too!). Made of tubular steel, this trainer is also very hardy and stable, yet suitable for road and mountain bikes.
Read our full review here.
Regularly voted as top choice for pros: the 1Up USA
A stationary bike stand that we’ve recently come across is the 1Up USA, a stand that has been regularly pulling in the top votes in online cycling forums (such as MountainBikeReview.com) for the last few years. To be honest, this one you won’t find in online stores like Amazon (bit of a shame for those hoping on a seasonal discount), but it has proven very popular among pros and keen enthusiasts. A great reason to purchase this one is its Centrifugal Pressure Resistance, which many suggest gives a more realistic ride.
The stand costs around $300, and is shipped direct from the official website.
One for the biker who has everything: the Tacx Fortius
If you, or a loved one, is a biker that has tried and tested the various stationary trainer models out there, then consider the ultimate bike trainer, the Tacx Fortius! Coming in two versions, the iMagic and the Multiplayer, this bike stand comes at a price (over $1000) but uses Virtual Reality as part of a system that you literally plug in to, meaning you can turn your training session into the complete lifelike road session, complete with races against others!
The Tacx Fortius is definitely one for the serious biker, and one with deeper pockets. And our tip: try the cheaper iMagic model, which seems to have gotten better reviews on Amazon. Also see the official Tacx website for more.
NEW: Don’t miss the THREE bestselling stationary bike stands for 2014!
After receiving a couple of emails with questions regarding how to set up your Kurt Kinetic Road Machine trainer (see our review), I decided to hunt down a video to show you exactly what’s what. In my opinion, there’s nothing quite like seeing a video for the perfect visual guide…and this video is perfect!
If you were looking for a quick video on how to insert the skewer into your rear wheel, see this great little video.
The Kinetic Rock and Roll Trainer is well worth your time and consideration if you’re looking at the ultimate realistic indoor bike training session.
UPDATE: The Kinetic Rock n Roller also now comes in an awesome smart-tech version, well worth considering!
We’ve been fans of the Kurt Kinetic Road Machine ever since we purchased it some time ago, and this more advanced stationary bike stand from the Kurt Kinetic family is one we’ve been salivating about ever since we spotted it a few months back.
It’s not a cheap option, and is often advertised around the $500 mark, but that extra few dollars might just be the best $$$ you ever spent! Check out the video near the end of this article for some more convincing!
Getting a feel for the road is almost impossible to replicate indoors, but this Rock and Roll Trainer is the closest you’re ever going to get. Really. No bull. This trainer has a unique side to side rocking action that simulates those long hill climbs and engages those muscles that no other stationary stand can reach!
I don’t think there’s any question that this stand will make you a more complete rider, especially during those off-road months.
This awesome trainer employs both a Road Resistance unit and a unique rolling frame to mimic the natural movement of riding out on the open road. And don’t worry about wondering whether or not the resistance will suit you – you can adjust it as you need to ensure you get the right rocking motion suited to your riding style. The frame itself is superbly built, as you’d expect from Kurt Kinetic, it’s made of stainless steel and is 6.35cm in diameter, which you’ll find is larger than pretty much all the stationary trainers we’ve ever come across.
The flywheel on this Kinetic Rock and Roll trainer is also one of the heaviest around, coming in at 6.25 pounds (2.84kg), which is what really helps give that authentic riding experience, as the momentum builds when you’re starting to gain some speed, maintaining that speed, and even slowing down. Read more about the amazing Kurt Kinetic resistance unit.
All in all, the basics you need for any training session indoors are also here: the stand is very smooth, very quiet, and easily folds away for easy storage.
We’d also mention it’s probably worth buying the Turntable Riser Ring from Kinetic (click here to see and buy), just to go all-out on the authentic riding experience. The movement offered by this rising ring will complete your indoor training session to a T!
So, do you get bang for your buck with the Kinetic Rock and Roll Trainer?
Well, if you’re serious about your cycling, and want to get the ultimate ride during the off-season, complete with the real riding to-and-fro motion, then this is the bike trainer stand for you. It does cost a fair bit, but from our own experience with Kurt Kinetic bike stands, we have no doubts at all as to the quality you’ll be getting with this one. And, of course, it makes our list of best bike stands for 2014.
There are plenty of happy reviewers online with this Kinetic Rock and Roll trainer, from beginners to the more serious cyclists, so yes, plenty of bang for your buck!
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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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 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…
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…
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.
Don’t get me wrong, I love outdoor cycling, but I’m not going to risk my health during those cold, winter months. I see so many of my fellow cyclists persisting with outdoor training even in hailstorms and thunderstorms and subsequently falling ill, despite the simple solution of investing in a decent stationary bike trainer staring them in the face!
I’ve used several indoor bike trainers over the past few years and out of all of them, the Kinetic Kurt Machine Bicycle Trainer remains my favorite. It is one of the most technologically advanced indoor trainers out there and justifies its high price with high quality performance. The pros of you out there will enjoy this one!
Although I don’t take out my indoor bicycle trainers very often in spring and summer, they see a lot of use in the colder autumn and winter months. I’m usually on my bike trainer at least three to four days out of a week and that causes a lot of wear and tear. I’ve destroyed bicycle trainers that cost several hundred dollars in just a few months, chiefly due to leakage problems.
Too many stationary bike trainers (including those from the higher end of the price spectrum) rely on O-rings and seals to prevent leakage in the fluid chamber. These rings and seals don’t stand up well to extended use and will eventually wear out. The Kinetic Kurt Machine Bicycle Trainer uses a patented magnetic drive system instead of a physical drive shaft mechanism, thereby eliminating the need for O-rings and seals. In the two years since I’ve bought it, this Kurt bike trainer has never once leaked. Its durability is truly beyond question.
This indoor bike trainer is also one of the few I’ve encountered that can truly simulate the outdoor riding experience. When we cycle outdoors, the road isn’t always flat and even. We cycle across undulating landscapes where slopes and curves combine to deliver a more well-rounded and exciting cycling experience. Well, with this Kinetic Kurt bicycle trainer, you can enjoy that cycling experience indoors as well. Those geniuses at Kurt have managed to fit incredibly heavy flywheels weighing up to 18 pounds into this indoor trainer which allows the user to experience an unbelievably realistic indoor cycling experience. If I close my eyes, I can almost believe that I’m cycling outdoors. As an added bonus, these heavy flywheels provide this stationary trainer with exceptional stability and sturdiness for a smoother ride.
Main Product Features
- Leak-proof magnetic drive system and automatic resistance changes (read more about their amazing resistance unit here)
- 6.25-pound flywheel that gives realistic ride
- Extremely stable – even when you stand up when riding
- Suitable for bikes with 22 to 29-inch wheels
- No holds barred lifetime warranty; also comes with a lifetime crash replacement policy
- Easy to set up – see our video guide as well as our guide to inserting the skewer that comes with the trainer!
Kinetic Kurt Road Trainer Pros and Cons
Are there any disadvantages to this bike trainer? Well, I know I’m nitpicking, but I do wish it was a little cheaper. Like most Kinetic Kurt products, this stationary bicycle trainer is one of the pricier bicycle stands out there. Nevertheless, I know that the quality of this trainer more than justifies its hefty price. If I’ve to pay a little more for a smoother, more satisfying indoor bicycle ride on one of the hardiest bike trainers around, so be it. Us true-blue bicycle fanatics will never cheap-out on our bike accessories!
By the way, we’ve also reviewed the Kurt Kinetic Rock and Roll Trainer, quite possibly the ultimate indoor ride! It also now comes in a smart-tech version with an InRide sensor and app that can measure speed, cadence and distance.
I’m really impressed with so many things about this bike trainer that if it ever wears out (don’t forget it has a lifetime warranty!), I’ll head straight to Amazon.com (one of the best places to find a very decent price online) and buy another one.