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best budget turbo trainer ? (£100-£150

musicvillemusicville Posts: 29
edited September 2012 in Training, fitness and health
Good evening everyone,

looking to buy a turbo this week but have a limited budget of £100-150 looking at

Max budget £150 ish:

-Tacx Satori High Power Cycle Trainer
http://www.wiggle.co.uk/tacx-satori-hig ... e-trainer/

Mid Budget: £130ish
-CycleOps Mag Trainer
http://www.evanscycles.com/products/cyc ... r-ec007001

-Minoura B60 Remote Trainer
http://www.evanscycles.com/products/min ... r-ec024622

low budget : £100 ish
-Elite Volare Fluid Trainer
http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Mode ... elID=74811

Which of these is the best and is there any reason i should pick the Tacx over any of the others (ie what is there to justify my buying this over the others)

It will be used my myself on my road bike and my Mrs wants to put a training tyre on her MTB and use it too.

Really like to hear from anyone about their opinions on these. Rollers are out of the question im afraid as the mrs wants to use it and she would likley kill herself on rollers, maybe later on if i get into it i may get some but it will be a turbo for now.

Your thoughts please as we would like to buy one this week also let me know if there are any that are better than those listed that i should be looking at ( im new to the sport ).

Many thanks

Mike

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  • exactly what im looking for thank you for that as i wouldnt have come across it had you not have told me, its at the top of my list for now
  • HerbsmanHerbsman Posts: 2,029
    wilo13 wrote:
    The Elite Crono fluid elastogel trainer is exactly what you want.

    Is it?

    viewtopic.php?f=40011&t=12879524&p=17890177#p17880833
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  • dw300dw300 Posts: 1,642
    Herbsman wrote:
    wilo13 wrote:
    The Elite Crono fluid elastogel trainer is exactly what you want.

    Is it?

    viewtopic.php?f=40011&t=12879524&p=17890177#p17880833

    What relevance does this have unless he want's to use it for virtual power, which he hasn't so much as mentioned?
    All the above is just advice .. you can do whatever the f*ck you wana do!
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  • amaferangaamaferanga Posts: 6,789
    dw300 wrote:
    Herbsman wrote:
    wilo13 wrote:
    The Elite Crono fluid elastogel trainer is exactly what you want.

    Is it?

    viewtopic.php?f=40011&t=12879524&p=17890177#p17880833

    What relevance does this have unless he want's to use it for virtual power, which he hasn't so much as mentioned?

    Well for anyone using speed to gauge their effort I'd say it is relevant. The point is though that for the same money (or maybe just a little more) you can get a Cycleops Fluid 2 that is not only more enjoyable to ride, but doesn't suffer from the horrendous drift problem of the Elite fluid trainer.
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  • As per my thread I've used mine twice now and you get a great work out!
    First work out-10 min warm up with 5 minute 80% interval with 2 minutes rest in between with a 10 min cool down.
    Second work out 10 mins work out with 2 minute intervals at about 90-95% with 2 minute rest intervals at 50-60%.
    Both work outs 60 nibs including warm up/ cool fown
    Never get a chance on the road to do any structured intervals like this.
  • I just bought the Satori, loving it.

    I just ordered a back wheel computer so i can see how far I go in an hour, see if I improve get fitter etc. It also has a cadence sensor, only cost £19-99. I have a comp on front wheel for when out on the road(well my son as I have my new bike) and it doesnt confuse turbo miles with actual.

    To be honest with the satori which has 10 resistant levels, I use level 1 and use bike gears. I will up the resistance if I ever want to simulate hills, I do hate hills.
  • HerbsmanHerbsman Posts: 2,029
    My Satori gets really loud on level 5
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  • mkvikenmkviken Posts: 217
    i just bought an elite crono fluid from wiggle


    also get a £15 voucher to use in october so that will pay for a wheel riser or cycle thong.

    all the reviews seem very positve about this trainer and the price was good
  • mkviken wrote:
    also get a £15 voucher to use in october ...all the reviews seem very positve about this trainer and the price was good

    This is the main reason im swaying towards the elite chrono to be honest just want the best for the monty and that will last
  • amaferangaamaferanga Posts: 6,789
    wilo13 wrote:
    The drift you mention is not that bad, you might detect it on your Garmin but I haven't noticed subjectively. I have used the Cyclops trainer you talk about and the thing is very noisy!

    I would certainly notice 4km/h drift in speed at fixed effort.

    You could easily be getting fooled into thinking the resistance isn't falling off if you're keeping HR constant though and not allowing for cardiac drift.

    I've not noticed much difference in noise levels between the Fluid 2 and the Elite turbo, but then all turbos are noisy and I'd rather have one that works well.
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  • mkvikenmkviken Posts: 217
    used my elite cron for an hour last night and an hour tonight and im well impressed

    its really quiet, it does feel fairly realistic when pedalling and there is no adjustment required. the harder you pedal the harder it gets

    really good for £140. only downlside is i had to buy a wheel riser for £15 as it doesnt come with one.

    i also must get some training dvds as it does get a bit boring watching the one show while peddling away.
  • nmcgannnmcgann Posts: 1,780
    amaferanga wrote:
    dw300 wrote:
    Herbsman wrote:
    wilo13 wrote:
    The Elite Crono fluid elastogel trainer is exactly what you want.

    Is it?

    viewtopic.php?f=40011&t=12879524&p=17890177#p17880833

    What relevance does this have unless he want's to use it for virtual power, which he hasn't so much as mentioned?

    Well for anyone using speed to gauge their effort I'd say it is relevant. The point is though that for the same money (or maybe just a little more) you can get a Cycleops Fluid 2 that is not only more enjoyable to ride, but doesn't suffer from the horrendous drift problem of the Elite fluid trainer.
    I've got a Fluid 2 and the drift from cold is huge - 70-80W over 15mins at a constant cadence. It's a bit like an auto-warmup function so I don't mind, but it would be a bit odd for people without a power meter to see what is going on.
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