4 Best Fluid Bike Trainers

When looking for a stationary bike stand one of the first decisions you have to make is choosing the type of bike trainer you would like to purchase.  For most riders this will come down to a decision between purchasing a magnetic bike trainer or a fluid bike trainer.  There are some very important similarities and differences between both of these types of stationary bike stands and it is worth your time to become knowledgeable on this issue so you can determine the best type of stand for your home.  To help you we have embedded the following video which lays out the features of each type of stationary bike stand.

Once you have decided that a fluid trainer is right for you it is time to see what is out there and pick the specific fluid bike trainer that will meet your needs.  Based on this we have decided to compile our picks for the best fluid bike trainers that are available for purchase.  When making these selections we focused on material quality, stability, price, and user reviews.  Take a look at our list below or explore our website to find even more great information on stationary bike stands.

Kinetic By Kurt Road Machine Indoor Bicycle Trainer

kinetic road machine fluid trainerThe first fluid bike stand to make our list is the Kinetic by Kurt Road Machine Indoor Bicycle Trainer.  As with our other choices, the Kinetic Road Machine is a pricier option typically costing anywhere from $300-$350.  It features a 6.25 lbs. flywheel that really does a great job of recreating the feel of an outdoor ride.  The magnetic drive system ensures that this stand will not leak and will offer you years of consistent performance and use.  The Kinetic by Kurt Road Machine fits bicycle tires that range in diameter from 22″ to 29″.  This unit also offers one of the quietest rides that you will find in a stationary bike stand.  Our final note on this bike stand is that Kinetic by Kurt offers an unconditional lifetime warranty on the frame and resistance unit.

Check out our full review of this trainer here.

Cycleops Fluid 2 Trainer

cycleops fluid 2Another solid option for when you need to get your riding done inside is the Cycleops Fluid 2 Trainer.  This stand delivers in ways that few other stationary bike trainers can match.  As with many other fluid trainers the Cycleops Fluid 2 works on an infinite resistance curve, which basically means that it will feel the same as if you were on the road.  Cycleops has enhanced the Fluid 2 by increasing the size of the flywheel and improving their unit to make it even more leak proof.  We like that this comes with an instructional DVD to give you some tips and ideas on how to get the most out of your ride.  It should be noted that this unit does require some assembly so be prepared to take some time to put this trainer together.

Click to see our full review of this trainer here.

Cascade Fluid Pro Trainer

61uwkuJoYLL._SL1500_We are really excited with this stationary bike stand that’s comes by the way of Cascade Bike Trainers.  I think you will understand why after we lay out some of the features included with this stationary bike stand.  To start, the flywheel on this trainer is a monster 7 lbs., which with the frame helps this trainer to have a maximum weight limit of 400 lbs.  A lifetime warranty helps to put any riders who may be on the fence about this trainer due to Cascade being an up and comer in the world of bike trainers.  The progressive resistance and quiet ride of the Cascade Fluid Pro can match any of the other fluid trainers out there.  When bought you will be pleasantly surprised to see that this trainer requires very little assembly and will be ready to ride in a matter of minutes.

Click to see our full review of this trainer here.

Ascent Fluid Trainer

61joeqrJSqL._SL1500_Our final choice to make of best fluid trainers list is the Ascent Fluid Trainer.  This trainer is also the least expensive model that was included in this article.  For value hunters this may be the perfect fluid trainer to keep your bike and budget happy.  Similar to the Cascade Fluid Pro Trainer the Ascent Fluid Trainer comes to your door ready to go out of the box.  Compared to some of the more expensive trainers the fluid in the Ascent will take more time to warm up and may have a rumbling feel as you start your riding workout.  However, given that this trainer is half the price of other fluid trainers this is a small inconvenience.  The flywheel and progressive resistance of this unit impressed us and we believe that for those who are just getting into riding or are in the intermediate class will find that this trainer will suite their needs well.

Final Note

By listing these four fantastic fluid bike trainer options we hope that you will now have the tools to go out and find the perfect stationary bike stand for your needs.  Again, it really comes down to whether you are happy with a magnetic trainer or want to have a more road like feel provided by these fluid trainers.  If you choose the latter, then you will be very happy with any of the four we have summarized above.




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