Ascent Fluid Trainer

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Ascent Fluid Trainer

Bring your indoor workouts to new heights with the Ascent Fluid Trainer - the perfect purveyor of quiet, smooth resistance on a rock solid frame. The fluid resistance unit provides a progressive, high intensity workout that will have you feeling the burn in no time. That's the beauty of the fluid unit - there's no need to worry about clamping a lever to your handlebars to adjust resistance as you simply use your bike's gears plus vary your pedaling RPMs to vary the workout intensity. It really does replicate what it feels like to ride outside! And it's quiet enough that you can enjoy whatever media you prefer while training without having to jack up the decibels to overcome an incessant, irksome drone.

It comes fully assembled out of the box, so just put the skewer in your rear wheel (the included rear skewer is optimized to fit into the fluid trainer's support cups - what you have already may not fit), clamp your bike into the frame and start pedaling away. This fluid trainer is perfect for indoor training at home when weather or lack of daylight puts a damper on riding outdoors and it's also portable enough to be the perfect means for getting warmed-up and ready to rock at a race.

  • Fluid resistance unit utilizes a steel flywheel to create a smooth, road-like feel for your indoor cycle training workouts
  • Steel frame folds to a compact size making it easy to store or transport
  • Rubber feet dampen noise and vibration
  • Includes a steel quick release skewer
Ascent Fluid Trainer
  • TYPE Fluid
  • MATERIAL Steel frame
  • ADJUSTMENTS None- progressive resistance unit
  • FOLDING Yes
  • SKEWER INCLUDED Yes
  • WHEEL SIZES 26", 700c (32 max), 29" (1.25 max)
  • Rating 4.5

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Ascent Fluid Trainer
 
4.6

(based on 45 reviews)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to install and use (38)
  • Stable (38)
  • Adjustable (23)
  • Durable (22)
  • Versatile (11)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Road bikes (24)
  • Long rides (6)
  • Mountain bikes (5)
  • Sprints (5)
  • City bikes (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid cyclist (21), Casual/ recreational (15), Competitive cyclist (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (39), Yes (3)

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5.0

Smooth

By Occasional Long-DIstance Rider

from Seattle, CA

About Me Casual/ Recreational

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy to Install and Use
  • Stable
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Adding Indoor Miles

    Comments about Ascent Fluid Trainer:

    This was sturdier than expected, and very easy to setup and use for my old road bike (has a long rear deraileur and rear bag racks.
    Far quieter than roller trainers. I can easily hear everything without any volume increase.
    As some have stated, it begins for no more than 2-3 minutes a tad "bumpy" while the fluids warm up, and then it's smooth and steady.
    I'm happy with the amount of "coasting" (I read some are not)... this IS a trainer.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    A Perfect Value!

    By Lvcervelofan

    from Las Vegas, NV

    About Me Competitive Cyclist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Adjustable
    • Durable
    • Easy Set Up
    • Easy to Install and Use
    • Great value
    • Stable
    • Sturdy In High Cadences
    • Versatile
    • Very Well Contructed

    Cons

    • None Really

    Best Uses

    • Indoor Spin Training
    • Race warm up
    • Road Bikes
    • Sprints

    Comments about Ascent Fluid Trainer:

    A truly great value! I use the Ascent Fluid Trainer for warming up before races. Wanting a higher end product, I was so impressed with the sturdy construction, ease of set up & adjustable resistance knob - made pre-race warm ups a snap! Easy set-up & take down! The trainer also handled my high speed cadence & high pedaling forces very well! You could spend more money on a beefier trainer but for ease of set up & construction - this trainer is an excellent value especially for the price!

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    4.0

    Great first trainner!

    By Tom

    from Reading, PA

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy to Install and Use
    • Stable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Road Bikes

      Comments about Ascent Fluid Trainer:

      I use this trainer to keep up with biking in the winter months. It takes a few minutes for the fluid to warm up. After that, it works GREAT!

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

      Comment on this review

       
      4.0

      Up hill both ways

      By No mountains, Mountain biker Jim

      from Memphis, TN

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Adjustable
      • Durable
      • Stable
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Ascent Fluid Trainer:

          First let me start with how quiet the trainer is.
          I have used a Mag. trainer and a roller before and this is the best as far as noise level is concerned. We watch TV while either my wife or I train with no problems. Other reviews state that the unit has to warm up before it smooth's out but I haven't had that experience as mine rides smooth from start to finish. The fluid gurgles a bit on the start up but that stops in a few second. Yes, this is a trainer so you have to peddle for your miles up hill both ways, no coasting allowed which is what training is all about. Just shift gears for harder or easier peddling. We have a 29er MTB with a trainer tire (you can get at Nashbar) mounted to the trainer and there is no need for the front to be lifted. Another great use for the trainer is dialing in your derailleur while shifting gears on the trainer. This gives a more real world tension then just up on a repair stand free to spin. You can adjust at the barrel ends or at the derailleur while peddling and pausing to adjust then test the shifting again and again. The trainer arrived at my house and the box it was in looked like it had been in a war zone. Upon opening the box and pulling out the parts the mounting adjustment handle was broken into about twenty five pieces. I called Nashbar and spoke with Tom the Techno wiz. and the new mounting bolt with handle was at my door in three days. Thanks Tom and Nashbar.

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          • No

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          4.0

          Good Product for the Money

          By Wayne

          from Yukon, OK

          About Me Avid Cyclist

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Install and Use
          • Stable

          Cons

          • Tire Wear

          Best Uses

          • Bad Weather Workouts

          Comments about Ascent Fluid Trainer:

          I have used the trainer almost every day for a month and it has worked well. It is quiet, stable and has steady resistance after a short warm up. I did notice tire wear, so I built up another rear wheel with an old tire and swapped wheels so I can swap back when I ride outdoors. I needs about a three inch riser for the front wheel.

          You can get a good workout with the trainer, so I think it is a great product for the money.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          I would buy this trainer again!

          By Specialized

          from Tennessee

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Pros

          • Adjustable
          • Durable
          • Easy setup
          • Easy to Install and Use
          • Quiet
          • Stable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Road Bikes

            Comments about Ascent Fluid Trainer:

            I am fairly new to cycling and this is my first trainer. I believe it to be an excellent product and the low price makes it that much better! I like to progressive resistance and the ease with setup. The trainers ability to fold makes for easy storage. The bike is very stable when placed in the trainer and can be used on either hardwood floors, concrete, and even CARPET! Yes.. I was amazed but today I did a training session on my carpet and it was rock solid stable! I would buy this trainer again and highly recommend for those not wanting to spend $200-400.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

            Comment on this review

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Perfect for my needs!

            By Barb

            from Benton, AR

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Pros

            • Easy to Install and Use
            • Great Price
            • Stable

            Cons

            • NONE

            Best Uses

            • Road Bikes

            Comments about Ascent Fluid Trainer:

            This product was not difficult at all for this 55 year old female to set up. I placed the trainer on a yoga mat on hardwood floors and found it to be surprisingly quite. I also purchased the Nashbar block for the front tire and it feels very stable. I should have no excuses for not being able to keep up with my friends next spring.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            Comment on this review

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Solid and Easy Set-Up

            By Chris

            from Fort Wayne, IN

            About Me Avid Cyclist

            See all my reviews

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Install and Use
            • Stable

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Ascent Fluid Trainer:

                My wife set it up with no problem. I installed their skewer on my bike and put it on the trainer with no problem. Wife's bike fit without changing the skewer. Son wanted his bike on and it fit also. Not difficult to change bikes if the skewer fits. Overall happy with our purchase.

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                • No

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                4.0

                Like it

                By Bill

                from Edwardsburg mi

                About Me Casual/ Recreational

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Adjustable
                • Durable
                • Easy to Install and Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Long Rides
                  • Road Bikes
                  • Sprints

                  Comments about Ascent Fluid Trainer:

                  Easy to use,you get to ride train for summer.

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                  • No

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                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Would recommend

                  By Vic

                  from Bay area

                  About Me Avid Cyclist

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Install and Use
                  • Stable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Ascent Fluid Trainer:

                      Just as advertised and stores away easily when not in use

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