Kinetic Road Machine Smart Fluid Trainer

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Kinetic Road Machine Smart Fluid Trainer
The Kinetic Road Machine Smart Fluid Trainer combines Kinetic's benchmark Road Machine fluid trainer with inRide sensor technology to put app-based power training at every rider's finger tips. Kinetic's inRide sensor technology is pre-installed on the trainer which allows riders to connect to the Kinetic inRide app and begin a power training program. No additional on-bike sensors are needed, only a smart device that supports apps and the Bluetooth Smart communication protocol. The Kinetic inRide app keeps you on track with built-in workouts with target-effort levels tailored to individual riders and easy upload of workout data for analysis. The freedom of user-programmable displays, a built-in workout creator, and data features as rich as a power meter costing hundreds more place the Kinetic inRide app in a class of its own.

The Kinetic Road Machine trainer itself is the benchmark for fluid resistance trainers. There is no trainer that more accurately replicates an outdoor ride indoors thanks to Kinetic's precision-calibrated fluid resistance unit that's quiet, smooth, and 100% leak-proof. In addition to the ride quality, this trainer sports a rock-solid steel construction, the ability to fold flat for easy storage and transport, plus rubberized handles and feet that are easy on your hands and flooring.
  • Pair trainer with Bluetooth Smart compatible devices for app-based power training
  • Quiet, smooth, progressive fluid resistance precisely replicates outdoor ride feel
  • Progressive resistance from 5 to 3000+ watts
  • Solidly built trainer frame provides superb stability and durability
  • Large diameter roller provides a smooth ride, minimal slipping, and less tire wear
  • Full assembled plus folds flat for easy storage and transport
  • Ergonomic rubberized knobs are easy to grip and make bike mounting easier on the hands
  • Rubberized feet are gentle on floors
  • Fits 22" to 29" wheels (maximum size of 29x2.3")
Kinetic Road Machine Smart Fluid Trainer
  • TYPE Fluid resistance
  • UPC 851061001624
  • MATERIAL Steel
  • ADJUSTMENTS None (5-3,000+ watts of speed-sensitive resistance)
  • FOLDING Yes
  • SKEWER INCLUDED Yes
  • WHEEL SIZES 22-29" and 700c Wheels
  • Rating 5

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4.0

Well built sturdy machine.

By toscake66

from Chittenango, NY

About Me Avid Cyclist

Pros

  • Quiet
  • Solid Construction

Cons

  • Unstable Android App

Best Uses

  • Indoor Training

Comments about Kurt Kinetic Kinetic Road Machine Smart Fluid Trainer:

I bought this trainer a couple months ago to replace my basic 15+ year old Nashbar Mag trainer (still works great!) as I wanted something that would give me power readings and targets to hit. With the occasional 25% off deals that come about on Nashabr, it was time to buy. The hardware itself is well built and solid. It is pretty easy to set up and get rolling in its basic format. It spins quietly, though not much more quietly than my mag trainer did. The fun begins with the Kinetic app. I am an Android user and the software is officially launched as version 1. This software is still not ready for prime time. Consisting of issues of a complete crash 30 minutes in (all data lost), or sensors dropping out and not being able to talk to the workout anymore. The warm up sometimes does not start up or transition properly to the workout. The last being a number of ghost workouts showing up in my app with zero results and I cant delete them. I tried this app on 2 different android devices running different OS's with similar results. All these issues are well documented on Kinetic's websites. In the mean time I added the bigger flywheel. Love the way that feels. I also just switched to an iPad to see results. The first thing you notice is there are more options in the iPad version of the app. They are not the same oddly enough. One being Audio alerts for transitions and other things. The audio is nice to have but hard to hear when working out. I have only used it on iPad a couple of times and the warm-up section did not count down, but the rest of the ride was stable. The results themselves from this machine need some consideration too. The machine is designed to have you warm-up and calibrate every-time you ride it but this will likely give you different calibrations, sometimes being far enough off to alter your results from day to day. I would recommend not re-calibrating every-time unless something drastically changes in the set up of your bike. The other must have is a cadence sensor. The Kinetic Machines has it "built in" but it is not even close as your RPMs build. I added a cadence sensor I had laying around and problem solved. But if you add addition sensors you need to tell the sensors what you want it to report to the app. Otherwise you may get no reading because the cadence sensor is trying to report speed etc. When I registered online to create my portal it already has me at like 1000 plus miles and crazy hours, that i cannot erase or change. Documentation is out there but is somewhat spread all over the website and at times hard to find. There is more I could say but I will sum it up this way: This is a solid piece of hardware that has me working out harder than ever on an indoor trainer. The price from Nashbar cannot be beat. The software has a lot of promise but is glitchy and somewhat unpredictable maybe 40% of the time on Android. iPad will remain to be seen but already had 1 issue. As I already signed on to a year with Kinetic I will continue to work with it but next year I may take the system to Zwift or other like workout systems. To me it was worth the price, and the bit of aggravation to get myself motivated to work harder and pay attention to the numbers when I am confined to the indoors for training.

  • Cycling Style:
  • Speed Oriented
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  • No

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5.0

works as advertised

By Isaac

from Atlanta, GA

About Me Casual/ Recreational

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Pros

  • Durable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Road Biking

    Comments about Kurt Kinetic Kinetic Road Machine Smart Fluid Trainer:

    This trainer sets up in under a minute and provides a very lifelike feel. The available app provides a lot more information than a simple trainer. Great purchase.

    • Cycling Style:
    • Comfort Oriented
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    • No

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    5.0

    Very good fluid trainer.

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    By Dr. Jekl

    from Honolulu, HI

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

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    Pros

    • Durable
    • Lightweight
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Indoor Training Possibly

    Comments about Kurt Kinetic Kinetic Road Machine Smart Fluid Trainer:

    I have one other fluid trainer that is essentially a copy of this one. Very well made, durable yet not too heavy. Kurt makes a bag for these so you can fold it up and train in other locations as necessary.

    I bought the add on flywheel to increase the overall flywheel weight. Money well spent but she works fine without the weight.

    I am not real happy with the In Ride power meter/smart training system. Why? Well, I am an Android user and Android is only supported in Beta form right now. That platform is not the best. I also use Zwift ad In Ride is just now getting support and only for I Phone users and I do not have an I Phone. When I did get the beta software to work, it seemed okay but is pretty basic like the data you get from a Garmin or other cycling computer. It does give you watts but is rather pointless if you cannot interface with your favorite programs.

    Great deal on the kit with the holiday discounts. I would have gone with the Smart Rock n Roll if the price was better but I am happy other than the In Ride system being in its' infancy for Android. Kurt will get it there I am sure since Zwift supports this trainer and this kit is about the best fluid trainer you can buy for the money.

    It is quiet and easy to set up. You do need a riser and I recommend a sweat guard for your bike as well.

    • Cycling Style:
    • Comfort Oriented
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    • No

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    5.0

    Another good deal from Nashbar

    By Marc

    from Folsom, CA

    About Me Avid Cyclist

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    Comments about Kurt Kinetic Kinetic Road Machine Smart Fluid Trainer:

    Haven't even set it up yet, but it looks solid, and of course KK has solve any leaking problems. Should be bullet proof. Shipping was fast and smooth with Nashbar and they adjusted the discount quickly it increased the week after my purchase. Another great deal from Nashbar.

    • Cycling Style:
    • Speed Oriented
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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