Do you enjoy riding your bike in the rain or freezing cold? If you’re a ‘fair weather’ rider, then you most likely won’t go cycle hard in the elements. That’s where a bike trainer can help you maintain your fitness during those tough winter months, when you’re stuffing your face full of sinful calories.
One of the most respected and dependable bike trainers available is the Kurt Kinetic Road Machine 2.0, which we will take a look at today.
The Kurt Kinetic Road Machine 2.0 made its debut at Eurobike in 2013, which came with improved ergonomic grips, plus matching feet to boot. We got ours from Amazon.ca, which was on sale for a killer price of $320.
Unboxing the Kurt Kinetic is easy, but boy, is this trainer well-built. The entire unit weighs about 25 pounds (11kg) and the bright lime green powder coated frame is built tough with solid steel. is nice and smooth to go with the simile Kurt Kinetic graphics.
As one of the most reputable companies that makes trainers, the Kurt Kinetic is fluid-based, which replicates being outside on your bike better than traditional trainers. Fluid resistance is progressive, which means the faster your wheels spin, resistance goes up as well. The trainer comes fully assembled and the frame fits 22” to 29” wheels, and the company says the unit is 100% leakproof.
The Kurt Kinetic trainer comes with a skewer, which will save your existing bike skewer from getting scratched up when in use. Setting up the trainer is easy, with the company’s included simple instructions and quick-release screw. We were literally up and riding in less than 10 minutes.
After jumping onto our Norco Valence (we’re going to try our Cervelo R2 next), we began to pedal as normal. The trainer not only was relatively quiet, but the progressive resistance felt great. We were sweating in no time, after just about 5 minutes on the bike.
We also found the Kurt Kinetic Road Machine to be able to handle us standing up and peddling, simulating a climb. The unit did not sway at all and we felt very safe and confident using the trainer.
The Kurt Kinetic Road Machine can be used to setup your Zwift, all you need is this Garmin USB ANT Stick to hook up to your computer, plus at least a Bluetooth speed sensor or power meter.
While smart trainers are getting popular, nothing beats a simple and well-built trainer like the Kurt Kinetic Road Machine 2.0. The unit is built to last and comes with a lifetime warranty, plus folds up compact to store away when not in use. This thing will last a lifetime.
We highly recommend the Kurt Kinetic Road Machine 2.0. You won’t great it as it’ll provide you years of indoor training, and help you stay fit during those times when the weather outside is not suitable for safe or enjoyable riding.