This RAD cycle bike trainer is made by RAD Cycling which prides itself on being the industry leader in innovations for cycling trainers and accessories. The company concentrates on cycle accessories and in particular stationary bike trainers. There are many positive testimonials about RAD products on their website and their products have been featured on American TV show ‘The Doctors’. This particular model uses magnetic resistance with 7 variable settings to simulate different conditions. These settings can be altered from the handlebars with the click of a button. It weighs 18 pounds and is foldable to allow easy storage. This product also comes with a front wheel anti slip pad which is great to level the bike. It fits road or mountain bikes of 26 or 27” or 700cc wheels. It boasts easy set up and quiet operation.
What’s great about this trainer is not just the ability to adjust the resistance to 7 settings but the fact you can do this without getting off the bike which allows you to simulate hill training for example. Also if it comes with its own anti slip mat you can be sure that leveling the bike should be an easy task. It also comes with its own quick release system which is a huge bonus.
On the downside I really dislike the look of this trainer, I believe it is offered in different colors elsewhere but it looks cheap and I would not want this in a trainer. The only other downside is setting up the cable to your handlebars, beginners may find this hard and get tangled up but seasoned indoor cyclists should find this easy.
What the users say
The RAD cycle bike trainer receives quite negative user feedback overall. Positive themes throughout the feedback are the fact it does have adjustable settings of resistance and the inclusion of the front wheel raiser so you don’t have to fumble around getting a makeshift one. Most users comment on the easiness to set up this trainer. However the negatives are quite significant, most have said that the actual levels of resistance are poor and the highest is very easy and hardly different from the lowest and so is not suitable for advanced riders. It appears that most have found it very loud and a few have commented on inaccurate parts to fit their bikes despite being advertised as suiting the various wheel sizes. Whether these criticisms are a bit picky is up to you but I believe this unit is good for beginners if the resistance settings are not that high but I would be put off as an advanced rider based on the reviews. I give this unit 4 wheels out of 5.