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Old 01-10-08, 07:10 AM   #1
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CycleOps Opinions Mag vs Fluid

At a difference of about $100 Fluid trainer versus magnetic, will I be missing out by saving a few bucks and going with the CycleOps magnetic? Cost $329 and $249 respectively. Any other models fluid or mag that I should consider, hopefully less expensive?

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Old 01-10-08, 08:55 AM   #2
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I don't have the Cyclops model but I really dig fluid. Put the bike on and go. No messing with resistance levels. Wife likes it too.
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you can get a Fluid 2 for around $250 if you shop around....I like mine alot.
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I saw your location, so I don't know about shipping but I ordered the Fluid 2 from http://ageebike.com/CycleOps/Fluid2007.htm for $223.99. May want to look into that. I went from a magnetic to the fluid and love it. Just get on the fluid and go, no adjusting resistance.
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I've been riding on a fluid trainer, but I've never used mag, so I can't say much about that. Aside from the nice resistance curve fluid gives, I also noticed an interesting effect wherein the whole resistance curve moves depending how much heat you're generating. Like if I'm droping mad hamers, after a while, the resistance seems to go up across the board. Similarly, if I'm pedalling soft (which I never do guys, come on) it is not too difficult to shift up and spin out the high gear. So if you warm it up, you can achieve very high resistance levels. Still not great for sudden bursts, although I don't think any trainers are.
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Mag is loud. LOUD. I thought the fluids were loud until I heard Mag.
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This is a no-brainer. Fluid trainers are the way to go. I would also do a search on Kurt Kinetic trainers especially the Road Machine. Do some research on the design of the KK fluid chamber and magnetic linking mechanism. The KK is the only fluid trainer that doesn't have the potential to eventually leak. The Road Machine is the best trainer I have ever ridden and on Ebay it can be had for $275 or so. It would be the last trainer you ever buy.
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+1 for the Kurt Kinetic.

I bought mine a year ago from Gotta Ride A Bike (see link below). They currently sell it for $275 with free shipping. They also have a 15% coupon for 1st time buyer. The coupon is said to not be valid for Kurt trainers. I ordered mine other the phone and was able to have the rep accept the coupon.

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I believe I saw CycleOps Fluid2 at Excel for $229, on special.
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Once you go fluid you never go back.
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on Ebay it can be had for $275 or so. It would be the last trainer you ever buy.
You can get it for a bit less on a "Buy it Now or Best Offer" auction.
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I have the Fluid 2 and it is a very nice trainer. And as already said, they can be had on ebay for less than the shops.
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I bought a Fluid2 after riding a friend's mag for a couple weeks. The sound difference alone is worth the extra money.

The performance difference is an added bonus. Definitely worth it.
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I got my Fluid 2 used off of craigslist, without any sign that it had ever been used. $100 cash in hand and it was a done deal. The nice thing with trainers is that there are a decent number available from people who really meant to use them, realized how horrible and experience they actually are, and decided to get some of their money back

One of these days, I will also be one of those people, if I get to where I really need the money, or really need the storage space in the apartment.

That said, fluid is supposed to be a little more realistic, and a bit quieter... given the noise levels of the fluid trainers, I definitely wouldn't want a mag trainer at this point.
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Just another take. Having used a Cycle Op Fluid and a Preformance Tracel Trac Fluid trainer there is not too much difference between the two. If you intend to use the trainer an hour or two a week, or on the occaisional rainy day go with the Preformance fluid. If your bike has gearing don't get the adjustable model either as you will be keeping the resistance at the hardest level and will use the bike's gears to change the resistance. My 5 year old Preformance unit started to make a gurgling noise when using it I called preformance to inquire if I could replace the fluid unit and they told me to bring it to a store or send it and in as it's warrantied for life. I took it to a local store this past fall and got a completly new unit to take home that day.
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I got a New Mag + for around $125 on e-bay a couple of months ago.... I like it just fine, but I've never tried a fluid....Once I get the resistence setup I'm fine with it.
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