I've been spinning through the winter at my local rec center. Now that I've got a new road bike I figure I might as well buy a trainer and do it in the comfort of home.
My starting point was the RBR review section. Basically, my decision is between the 1upUSA or the KK machine. The KK is a little bit cheaper, but they are so close it's not going to come down to a price difference.
I'm a fairly strong rider as I enjoy hard, standing climbs on the spin bike but frequently get it close to max resistance unless I'm already exhausted. My first requirement of a trainer is that it have plenty of resistance so I can get a good burn hammering out of the saddle (so it also needs to be quite stable). Secondly, it needs to be fairly quiet - washing machine volume is fine but I don't want to be hearing a jet-like noise.
Both machines are backed by a lifetime warranty which is great. I like the fact that the 1up is fluid-free, but I like the KK design in that it is connected via magnet rather than a driveshaft as to minimize leak potential. Also, the angle of the front arms on the KK machine seem like they may provide for better stability but that may not be the case.
1upUSA sells both machines so they don't offer a comparison between the two machines. I'd like to get some opinions regarding the stability, resistance, and road feel of these machines. I'd like to avoid buying both machines to try them out and end up sending one back.