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Kurt Kinetic Rock and Roll Trainer Review
In a market where the ‘unique’ tag is regularly tossed around to explain anything possibly even slightly different from the standard, the Kurt Kinetic Rock and Roll trainer is undoubtedly, out there on its own. That’s because it mounts Kinetic’s standard Roadtrainer fluid turbo trainer onto an ultra wide, bolted U-frame that sits square to the ground
At first glance this may not appear a big deal, however, this allows the bike, and rider to rock side to side for a truly unique real life riding action. When combined with a Kinetic Turntable Riser Ring, turning the front wheel right or left will lean the bike back up in precisely the same way as though you were riding outside. To make things feel even more realistic, when you’re up to speed, the gyroscopic force of the rear wheel also increases the stability of the bike on the trainer just like riding outdoors.
The Kurt Kinetic Rock and Roll trainer really does offer a unique indoor riding experience akin to riding outdoors, even more so when you use it in conjunction with third party virtual riding software like Zwift or Bkool. Another added bonus, Kinetic boast the benefit of core training advantages you’ll gain from the fact that you’ll be moving your whole body to keep the bike in line.
Even though I’ve no actual proof of this beyond how I felt after high-intensity sprinting sessions I would have to say that the trainer puts less stress on your actual bike frame too. This is because the bike isn’t held rigidly in place, in the same manner, that floating cleats tend to be more forgiving on knees than fixed cleats. The Kurt Kinetic Rock and Roll trainer allows for a whole-body workout just like rollers offer but without the excess skill and focuses required, so you can still completely bury yourself without stressing about falling off or crashing.
The Kinetic Rock and Roll trainer will take up a lot more space than any other trainer we’ve analyzed though and even with the smart quick release latch, the rubber turtle knobs still require a lot of turning to safely secure your bike in place. The Kurt Kinetic Rock and Roll 2.0 fluid trainer also has a high ride height which means a front wheel riser block offering decent height is required for a comfortable ride simulation.
Once fixed the large roller on the Kurt Kinetic Rock and Roll trainer’s fluid brake creates less tire deformation and also drag; therefore a traditional outdoor tire lasts longer if you don’t feel like splashing out on Kinetic’s own heavy-duty rubber turbo trainer specific tire. Furthermore, there’s less buzz and vibration generated than with a small roller, but accurate tensioning is essential to stop slippage when trying to speed up the large flywheel.
As soon as you’ve got the Kurt Kinetic Rock and Roll trainer spinning, the feel of the fluid brake is quite remarkable, offering a butter smooth ride feel similar to that of riding with a tailwind. The power/speed curve is shallow though meaning you really have to crank up your speed to hit high watts. This, unfortunately, makes low cadence force work a bit difficult to carry out.
Power output readings are generated using a ‘virtual power’ algorithm that works using a speed sensor as opposed to an actual strain gauge measurement. This means if you put the power down suddenly you won’t receive peak readings until the wheel is up to speed. The Kinetic cycle trainer fluid also takes a while to warm up to the correct viscosity that is required for accurate readings, however, once up to temperature power readings are consistently accurate with a crank-based power meter.
The Kinetic data collector app Test Flight syncs effortlessly to show complete workout details along with a range of preloaded training sessions. It also hooks up to third-party PC/Mac software programs well. Because resistance is fixed, it can’t work to match virtual gradients in programs like Zwift, however using virtual power your avatar will still ‘ride’ at a suitable speed for the wattage generated.
The InRide Bluetooth pod that’s required to hook up and view wattage and other data is an additional expense, meaning costs are high for purchasing a fully functional system. The Kurt Kinetic Rock and Roll trainer’s mounting system also renders the whole set up incredibly heavy to lug about and requires a large amount of floor space. This also makes it fairly impractical for taking to events for warm up and downs.
The traditional base Kurt Kinetic Roadtrainer Road Machine 2.0 model bears the identical brake and also inRide alternatives for a little less money for those who don’t like wobbling about but want the exact same Kinetic feel.
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