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ara3791ara3791 Posts: 378
edited May 2015 in Road buying advice
Hi,

With the arrival of our first baby a week ago, I'm now contemplating purchasing a turbo trainer, as I just won't get the same time on the road that I'm used to.

If anyone has any advice or recommendations on a sub £100 turbo trainer, they'd be gratefully received.

I have of course been looking around and have come across a couple of Elite trainers in this price bracket. Volare and Crono. The Volare can be got with riser block for £100 from halfords. Is it a decent trainer for the price though? Is the Crono worth the extra?

Thanks in advance for any advice.

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  • g00seg00se Posts: 2,221
    Get a fluid trainer if you can over a magnetic. Quieter and more natural feeling.

    There seems to be deals on the Elite Crono Hydromag at the moment - this is a fluid but with a magnetic system added too.

    http://www.wiggle.co.uk/elite-crono-hyd ... n&curr=GBP


    I have one but personally I would say I prefer the standard Crono Fluid. The hydromag works fine but is a little bit louder and I never use the variable resistance - just use the gears. But for that price, it's much much better than the magnetic only Volare and Crono
  • iron-cloveriron-clover Posts: 737
    I would have said the chrono is worth the little extra.
    I have one and it's really easy to use- you don't have to faff with different resistance settings- just go up a gear/ pedal faster and the resistance increases- you don't need to attach a dial to your handlebars and you don't have to worry about the maximum resistance being too weedy (I've had that from a cheap turbo before).

    Its a lot quieter than the regular magnetic ones I've used as well, which is a bonus.
  • ara3791ara3791 Posts: 378
    Thanks guys, really appreciate your responses.

    I've just been looking further and I agree, I'll be going for a Elite Crono Hydro-Mag ElastoGel Trainer.

    Just going to check if anyone has a second hand one for sale on here first.

    Cheers.
  • davem399davem399 Posts: 269
    g00se wrote:
    Get a fluid trainer if you can over a magnetic. Quieter and more natural feeling.

    There seems to be deals on the Elite Crono Hydromag at the moment - this is a fluid but with a magnetic system added too.

    http://www.wiggle.co.uk/elite-crono-hyd ... n&curr=GBP


    I have one but personally I would say I prefer the standard Crono Fluid. The hydromag works fine but is a little bit louder and I never use the variable resistance - just use the gears. But for that price, it's much much better than the magnetic only Volare and Crono
    That's a good price for the Chrono Hydromag, I paid considerably more for mine a couple of years ago. I also don't use the magnetic resistance, as I find the fluid resistance (and changing gears) gives me a good workout.
  • rollemynotrollemynot Posts: 436
    I have similar Crono fluid - my only criticism is you are limited to in seat training as it is your weight that pushes the bike on to the roller. I would try and find a KK in the classifieds
  • bmxboy10bmxboy10 Posts: 1,917
    Much more interesting than a turbo in my opinion.

    http://www.planetx.co.uk/i/q/TRPXFIXMR/ ... st-rollers
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