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Any CycleOps turbo owners ?

MattC59MattC59 Posts: 5,408
edited February 2013 in Road buying advice
My old Tacx is on its last legs I think. Noise isn't too bad, but when the speed gets up it starts to whistle / whine, it's still smooth, but is getting pretty loud !

Anyway, I've been considering getting either a CycleOps Supermagneto Pro Trainer, or a CycleOps Jet Fluid Pro Trainer. They both seem to get excellent reviews, but I was wondering if anyone on here can give me their impressions of each, pros, cons etc.

Cheers....... M
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  • hugo15hugo15 Posts: 1,101
    Jet fluid pro owner here. Pros are it's not noisy, has a good road like feel and great warranty. Can't think of any cons.
  • MattC59MattC59 Posts: 5,408
    I guess I'm really asking is, and bearing the two turbos mentioned, is one resistance type better than the other and why ?
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  • MattC59MattC59 Posts: 5,408
    Come on guys, I know you're out there.........
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  • Jet fluid pro as you change gear the resistance gets stronger.It`s a damn good trainer.
  • kfinlaykfinlay Posts: 763
    Matt, I've had a Jet Fluid PRo for the last 2 yrs and can confirm it's very road like in feel, smooth and consistent in use. I've had two things go wrong and each time the service from Simon at Paligap was excellent, in fact he is just replacing my resistence unit for free due to the bearing getting noisy.
    I've borrowed a cheapish magnetic turbo and really can't get on with it - it has one of those dials so you can change the resistence but this just lets you wind up a big gear and roll along at big speeds. The harder resistence isn't too smooth either so you have 'light' parts of the pedal stroke. Also I don't find it as good at getting your heart rate up to 85%+ MHR.
    The Magneto Cycleops one may be much better though but I've never experienced it.
    The Jet FP rides well and you need to put out some good power to get the speed up - around 280watts for 20mph, I only use the speed as a guide so if I do more miles for a specific session while maintaining my HR within the required band then I'm getting fitter/more powerful (I don't have or need a power meter)
    As a fellow Colnago owner, I've had it on the rack too and it feels solid compared to my Alu winter bike (as you would expect of course)
    Hope this helps

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  • I have owned a Jet Fluid Pro, as the above comments have said, it gets progressively harder as you change gear and it does not suffer from the 'chopiness' of the cheaper units but haven't tried the Cycleops magnetic units.
    Its built like a tank though and I've had no probs in 2 years of use, I'll use 1-3 times a week in the censored weather. I can sprint a smaller gear or grind out a bigger one, including out the saddle with no issues either for the bike or the unit. Really can't fault it.
  • northpolenorthpole Posts: 1,499
    I also have the jet fluid pro - bought it after searching through this forum a year or two ago when the subject seemed to be quite en vogue. Back then there was quite a high support for the fluid version - I don't recall any comments about the other unit you referred to.

    My experience has been that I am not a turbo trainer fan - they are hard work and I get bored senseless after an hour/ cd. They are extremely hard work - to maintain high teens for that period for me is hot, hard work!

    If you want to give tt's a go, I would recommend the fluid pro - the resistance is very seamless in reaction to pedal speed and gear selection. I haven't used mine heavily but have had no problems at all to report.

  • VelonutterVelonutter Posts: 2,437 Lives Here
    I reviewed a great deal of Turbo's and out of all of them the Fluid2 has turned out to be the best value for money.

    I do between 1000-2000 miles a year on a turbo and although I also have the Tacx Fortius, for sheer smoothness nothing beats the Cyclops Fluid 2.

    For me I couldn't see the point for me to go for the Pro as the Fluid offers me all that I need and at 30mph+ is still very quiet...although painful :shock:
  • Jet Fluid Pro owner here. I like it and the fact you just plonk the bike on it and use your gears is great. Quiet as well.

    I tried a CycleOps magnetic trainer and that was a pain and noisy in comparison.
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