Turbo trainer and carbon bike

kmcd21
kmcd21 Posts: 105
edited September 2010 in Road buying advice
Would a turbo trainer degrade a carbon bike more than say an aluminium frame, or is there no difference?
Enduro- YT Capra AL1- 2016
Road- Boardman Team Carbon- 2010
XC- Gary Fisher Marlin- 2002

Comments

  • Depends what you're doing, but not really no. If anything you're going to do less damage to a carbon one as it is less susceptible to fatigue failure.
  • jordan_217
    jordan_217 Posts: 2,580
    I searched round this and other forums last year when I got my new Argon 18 and wanted to use it on the turbo.

    The for/against arguments got a bit much so I decided to email Argon 18 and ask for their input.

    Their response was basically that the frame will be fine for use on the turbo, they advised against out of the saddle efforts but said they'd never had reports of frame failures. They said I should email them if the frame did develop any problems which I thought could be attributed to turbo trainer use.

    That was good enough for me. Almost a year of regular use on the turbo, and I haven't had any issues.

    Other people may (and probably will) say otherwise though........
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  • I have been using my Colnago EPS on the turbo and its been fine.
  • jordan_217 wrote:
    I searched round this and other forums last year when I got my new Argon 18 and wanted to use it on the turbo.

    The for/against arguments got a bit much so I decided to email Argon 18 and ask for their input.

    Their response was basically that the frame will be fine for use on the turbo, they advised against out of the saddle efforts but said they'd never had reports of frame failures. They said I should email them if the frame did develop any problems which I thought could be attributed to turbo trainer use.
    That was good enough for me. Almost a year of regular use on the turbo, and I haven't had any issues.

    Other people may (and probably will) say otherwise though........

    FWIW, if the frame did fail, I certainly would NOT advise them that it had happened whilst you were using it on a turbo trainer. It could comprise an excuse for them to claim breach of warranty terms and not replace it. Ofc, you'd have to check your warranty t&cs carefully, but I strongly suspect that turbo trainer use would not be considered in law as normal use.
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  • Anonymous
    Anonymous Posts: 79,667
    I stood up and did a sprint once on my turbo on my old carbon fibre Look and the result of the immense display of QuadPower(tm) was Milton Keynes.

    Never again.