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Because of the Xmas sales some internet shops started making offers on roll trainers. My target area would be an intermediate machine, something that I would use an hour or so daily, with two-three hours rides once per week (the actual usage of the trainer will be lower as I tend to alter biking with jogging, swimming, and work-outs/yoga in the gym).

Currently I narrowed down my search to these models:

I am a frequent half-marathon runner and passionat mountain and road-biker. Currently, I am training for a marathon. Any comments, which model should I opt? As one may notice, I opt for a machine that is around 300 Euro.

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  • Why not magnetics? I understand they claim to have realistic road feel, but when you're doing intervals then all that matters is the resistance or braking power.
    – imel96
    Dec 12 '14 at 3:14
  • On the net one can find quite a thorough discussion on fluid vs. magnetic. I chose fluid because of the noise and max resistence it will offer
    – arthur
    Dec 12 '14 at 22:13
  • I've been through the debate. I'm actually wondering if you've decided yet because the Tacx Flow you have in your options is actually an electro brake, not fluid (which I believe better than fluid ;) see tacx.com/en/products/trainers/flow I have an old satori (magnetic) it's no more noisy than fluid (tried cyclops), just tyre noise.
    – imel96
    Dec 15 '14 at 2:50
  • @imel96: thanks for the note that the trax model T2200 is not the fluid one. Speaking of the devil, I was able to test this model in a bike shop on Saturday and was rather positively impressed by the machine. In terms of breaking power: that should be more than enough for me, right? Any comments/impressions/opinions would be highly valuable..
    – arthur
    Dec 15 '14 at 11:03
  • Just want to comment on the fluid type, since it simulates road condition, I couldn't do slow pedalling and have high resistance at the same time even in top gear. Where with Tacx (or other magnetic) I can adjust the braking power with the switch. Could be important if you do that kind of interval.
    – imel96
    Dec 16 '14 at 6:11
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Originally I had a wind trainer which was very loud and the resistance felt weird. You could pedal really quickly and it would get really easier. I've had a Kurt Kinetic Road Machine for a couple of years and have road it about 40 times, putting about 1000km on it. It is quite, still looks brand new and doesn't get easier the longer I pedal which is a problem with some lower end trainers. This is because the fluid doesn't warm up and become less viscous. I would strongly recommend it. Also the resistance feels similar to riding on the road. Another benefit of a Kurt Kinetic is that you can translate your speed into watts. I bought a power meter and have compared the numbers and they are about 5% difference, so pretty close. Hope this helps

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  • Thanks for a comment. It's great to have a user with direct exprience. Due to a low interest into a question, I cross posted the question at mtbr. The Kurt Kinetic Road Machine seems to be a preference for many riders :)
    – arthur
    Dec 16 '14 at 15:53

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