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Old 02-01-16, 11:12 PM
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Turbo Trainer Issues

Hi, I'm not sure if this is in the right forum, but I feel like roadies might be the right crowd to ask.

I bought my first turbo trainer last fall, an Elite Alu Tuno Fluid Trainer (their entry level fluid trainer), bought from Mountain Equipment Co-op in Canada.

I've noticed that the clamp has started to show a lot of play, even when a bike is clamped in. The securing arm can be jiggled when unclamped (in perpendicular plane to the clamping direction, no play side-to-side). Now the clamp seems secure, and I am confident that it won't come undone, but I can see and feel the back wheel rock back and forth when I am using the trainer. It is a bit unnerving, plus the extra movement is eating up my rear tire. I looked around and it looks like Elite uses the same clamp style on some of their higher models too.

Has anyone had any issues like these with Elite trainers before? MEC is fairly good about returns, but I am wondering whether I should replace it with the same trainer. Other than this clamping issue, I've been quite impressed.
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turbo trainers eat tires, nature of the beast, even with a securely locked wheel up against the roller.

Now you say you can see and feel the wheel moving back and forth. That to me says the bike isn't securely clamped into the trainer, although I've never used one of these Elite brand jobbies.
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On mine (Nashbar Fluid) there's a collar that needs to be tightened to lock the adjustable side of the clamping mechanism in place. Maybe check for that.
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I'd look for some type of an adjustment or, if there is you are experiencing play in the shaft (up & down movement) perhaps a bushing that is worn? I have a Cyclops fluid 2 and a Kurt Kinetic. They both have threaded adjustment to take out any play. I'm not familiar with your, but it would seem you have either an adjustment to make on the stationary side, or something is loose/worn on the locking side of the axle stays.
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Thanks all for comments.

There is an adjuster, where you spin the metal barrel out to tighten/loosen the clamp force. It's definitely tight enough in the clamp force, however even by just shifting my body weight side to side (not pedalling), I can rock the back wheel side-to-side (with the QR axle acting almost like a "pivot"). Again, this is the only trainer I've ever owned, but am I correct to assume that the bike should be fairly rigid within the clamp, and there should be no (perceptible) play or rocking?

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It isn't tight enough. Are you using the right quick release spindle? There is a specific model which fits tightly into the clamp.
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It isn't tight enough. Are you using the right quick release spindle? There is a specific model which fits tightly into the clamp.
Yep, I am using the supplied quick release.
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