The TrakStand Mag 3 indoor bike trainer is made by Blackburn, a company which offers over 200 products on Amazon alone. Blackburn is well known and very reputable cycling brand and they have products across all areas of cycling accessories from lights and bottle racks to trainers and bikes themselves.
What this unit has to offer is a redesigned box steel frame that differs from other trainers as the v junction at the top is lower than others which changes the angle of the joint. This should help to change the sturdiness of the trainer and make it cater for different bikes. The trainer uses magnetic resistance which is traditionally quite loud but provides good and adjustable resistance.
There is a dual adjuster cone which allows the trainer to be adjusted to fit 700c and 26” bikes. A good selling point is the lifetime warranty for parts on this trainer giving the user some peace of mind.
The main product features are:
- Boxed steel frame
- Compact and light
- Adjustments to suit 700c and 26” wheels
This model is priced in the mid-range and would most suit the beginner to casual rider market.
Likes and Dislikes
The main thing I don’t like about this trainer is the lack of remote shift which means little choice if you want to change the resistanceOn the positive side I do like the fact it is adjustable, compact and lightweight as with many trainers the sheer weight of the unit can cause a problem as many trainers are made from steel.
I’m not a big fan of the design of this indoor trainer it looks cheap and the resistance mechanism is housed in what looks like thin plastic which will not do a lot for preventing excessive sound.
The customer feedback is quite positive considering the negatives I found with the trainer itself. The general theme which customer seem to like is the ease of use and the fact it comes ready set up to use so all you need to do is take it out of the box, which in my opinion is great and makes life easier. Also there are comments about the size being small so it doesn’t take up too much room and some users find the unit is surprisingly quiet.
The only repeating negatives in the customer feedback concern the lack of changeable resistance. However, beginning or casual riders claim this not to be a problem for them but many foresee that more advanced riders may find it too easy. As with most indoor bike trainers, many have suggested using slick tires and not mountain bike tires as this increases the noise generated by quite a bit.
All in all this indoor trainer comes across as a great option for the casual rider who is not looking to ride at any excessive resistance but just using for fun or as a hobby.
I give this indoor bike trainer a 3 out of 5 wheels.