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Join Date: Dec 2000
Bikes: Bikes: Giant hybrid, Trek 4500, Cannondale R800 Some commuting 20mi/day, mostly fitness riding - 20-50 mile rides
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I've got a Minora Ergo Mag trainer and have had good success with it. As far as I can tell the mag trainers use an actual magnet for resistance to pedal against, while the flywheel ones use a flywheel to smooth out the rotatation with a strap to increase resistance when it is tightened.
There are some other models that use wind resistance from some type of fan or turbine, as well as others that have liquid resistance etc. As you say there are a lot of different trainers out there.
The Mag trainer is smooth and relatively quiet and so far has lasted well.
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