The CycleOps Fluid 2 Trainer is a great mid-range priced indoor bike stand trainer which allows you to workout i
ndoors while the weather outdoors is not so great. CycleOps is part of the Saris Cycling group that was started in 2006 and they are specialists in indoor bike trainers and have a great range of products available along with parts and accessories to make your CycleOps trainer more comfortable.
The CycleOps fluid 2 trainer provides the “power band technology” allowing for a greater range of resistance that works automatically with the bikes own gears instead of having an additional leaver attached to the unit. It also claims to have a cooling mechanism which stops the unit from overheating and increasing the lifespan of the bike stand trainer. The CycleOps Trainer also has a larger flywheel than other trainers to increase the road like feel.
The main product features are:
- Large flywheel for the road like feel
- Infinite resistance settings
- Increased wattage
- Cooling mechanism to stop overheating
The CycleOps 2 Fluid Trainer is in the $280 – $350 price range and is a middle of the range price for the top end trainers.
Likes and Dislikes
This is a great looking indoor bike trainer, quite often they are made looking cheap and tacky with bright colors but the bronze design looks very upmarket. I like the curves on the trainer instead of solid straight lines which also make it look a great unit. The trainer also boasts being the quietest on the market which if it is true is a huge selling point. My only dislikes are the size of the actual fluid resistance mechanism which makes the unit particularly bulky and potentially heavy as this unit appears not to fold away for storage.
Because of the price and size of the unit I believe this would suit the more advanced cyclists who require speedy resistance changes due to cycling at high speeds. The CycleOps 2 Fluid Trainer comes with a lifetime manufacturer’s warranty according to the manufacturers website.
The customer feedback is very positive. The general consensus is that this trainer is extremely quiet and the automatic resistance setting is very user friendly. Also the fact you can change the bikes gears allow you really simulate outdoor riding and use the range of indoor cycling videos that are available.
However some of the negatives being identified are its relatively short life span, the fact is vibrates after around 15mph and the resistance settings are quite low so are not great for advanced riders. And there a few comments that the instructions are a bit too simple and makes the unit harder to set up than others. But these reviews are more individualized as opposed to the universal view.
I give this trainer four out of five stars.