The Kinetic Cyclone Wind Trainer is manufactured by Kurt Kinetic otherwise known as Kinetic by Kurt. Kurt manufacturing started building trainers for a competitor until they went bankrupt and Kurt decided to work on a new precision trainer using wind and fluid resistance. The company was founded back in 1947 by Kurt Kuban and has grown into an international business offering a wide range of products.
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The Kinetic Cyclone Wind Trainer has a lot of great features, it uses two fans (dual fans) to create a more realistic road cycling feeling with the flywheels allowing a smooth coasting experience. The resistance of this bike trainer is speed sensitive with a resistance range of one to 1000 watts. This trainer also boasts the compatibility of the unit to fit all bikes from 16 to 29” diameter which is a large range for a trainer and not many other units can offer this. This unit only weighs twelve pounds which is very light compared to other similar units.
On a personal level the color and design of this product is very nice, it looks great and being a wind trainer this doesn’t always happen because of the ugly flywheels. But I have to admit I am very fond of this unit. The 2.2lb flywheels allow the unit to coast extremely smoothly which is a big plus because as a rider its important to be able to coast to drink or refuel without bumpy hefty mechanics. It appears to be a quieter unit which has got to be a positive claiming that the noise only becomes unbearable at 25 miles per hour and when you are cranking 349 watts which is pretty quick, and if this is the case it will be quiet for the most part of my workouts! The only thing I do not like about the product is its general size and it does not appear to fold away, and being so light it leads me to believe it may not be as stable as other units.
Price wise this model sits in the upper end of the range but it certainly gives a lot of bang for the buck. It is of an excellent quality and one of the biggest selling points for this unit is the unlimited lifetime guarantee that comes with every purchase giving the buying satisfaction and confidence they are buying a unit that will last for a very long time.
Who is it best suited for
The Kinetic Cyclone Wind Trainer would be most suited to more advanced riders who do not need an overly stable unit, and due to the high price tag a beginner may not want to spend so much on their first trainer. Customer feedback for this unit is all across the board. The positives from customers are about the easiness of detaching and reattaching the bike and the general look and stability of the trainer. However there are reoccurring negative themes such as the noise from the machine. Even though any wind trainer does produce significantly more noise than fluid trainers it appears to be too loud to bear and others have commented on its lack of resistance.
I would give this bike trainer 3 out 5 wheels on my rating because it does appear to be noisy and hard to set up with complicated attachments but the ability to cope with a high power output is a big plus for me.