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Old 08-05-06, 05:51 PM
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Looking for Suggestions from Kreitler Roller Owners

Just sold my treadmill for $445 today so that I can pick up some Kreitler rollers. I searched and read thru many past posts on BF in regard to high-end rollers and I've decided on the Kreitlers. However, I have a couple of areas I need some help with:

I have decided on the 4.5" diameter rollers for my own personal desires based on my reading.

1. Alloy($450) vs. Challenger ($300)?

Are the alloy end-caps on the top-of-the-line Kreitler Alloy compared to the poly end caps on the Challenger, all else being equal, really worth the extra $150? Am I understanding correclty that the end-cap material is the ONLY difference in these two models? If so ... "why" is there $150 differnece? What benefits do the alloy caps offer comparably if so? Any insight is appreciated.

2. Killer Blower Headwind Unit?

It seems this is a good accessory -- especially once I become more accustomed and comfortable with the rollers as they are. Would most current owners agree? My current rollers have NO resistance, fan, etc. So, not sure if I should order this right from the start or wait until I feel like I really am needing them. Thoughts?

3. Freewheel?

I really like the idea of the flywheel and it's purpose. What are your thoughts? Did adding the flywheel really make a noticeable difference to your "desire" and "motivation" to get on the bike/rollers and ride??

4. Fork Stand?

I ordered the optional fork stand for my current rollers (Cheap $110 set) and I like it for those times on the bike when I "need" to ride ... but just am not in the mood to have total concentration for an hour on the bike indoors in the winter. This seems like a nice sturdy stand. Thoughts?

Any suggestions, thoughts, recommendations are greatly appreciated. Yes, I'm like a kid in a candy store ... with $450 to spend "NOW" ... but can save a little more if I choose to and get the alloys with some accessories before the winter.
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Old 08-05-06, 06:51 PM
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I would like to know these answers too...
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Sign me up too. I'm looking, maybe we could get a group discount

Any owners out there?

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There are at least 2 or 3 if not more based on past posts. Hopefully, a few are still lurking or active and will give some good advice!
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I've had Kreitler alloy rollers with the fan and flywheel for many years now. However, if I were buying rollers today, I'd probably go with Trutrainer:

http://www.trutrainer.com/products_rollers.shtml

The price difference is probably due to the increased difficulty and/or expense of manufacturing the all-alloy drums. I have heard of the polycarbonate drum caps wearing out after a long time though.

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I wouldn't bother with the fork-stand. If you want rollers, get rollers and learn to ride them. If you want a stationary trainer, get something like a CyclOps Fluid 2 (just my opinion…)

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Where are the all the Kreitler owners out there?
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My kreitlers are very old, so I can not help. But I don't know why you would want the fork stand.
You'd be better off buying a 1upUSA trainer if youhave the room and money to have both kreitler rollers and need a trainer.
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I was going to order the Alloy Kreitler rollers but the salesman Lickton's talked me out of them and pointed me toward the Challengers. He told me the alloy end caps in his opinion were over kill and that he hasn't heard of any issues with the poly end caps breaking. My Challengers have worked great for a couple of seasons now.

The headwind unit is a must for these. The 4.5" rollers are way too easy to spin without it. Which is nice for an easy recovery spin, but for any kind of workout you'll need the resistance.

The Fly Wheel is nice also. It really does add to the feel. However, I don't use it much any more because I pack my rollers away after each use and that flywheel is heavy. If you are going to leave your rollers in one spot then the flywheel would be nice to have, but I wouldn't consider it a must have item.

I would skip the fork stand. But that's me. It's just not something I would ever use.

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i love my kreitler rollers... i can't remember the model name, but they're the 3in diameter with poly end caps. top-end quality, with good service. unless you are going to be on the rollers everyday for many many hours, the alloy end caps are over-kill. the poly caps might wear out after 10-15 yrs of normal use, and by then you can either get the drums serviced through kreitler (everything is fully servicable) or you can go out and buy the next best training device, yet to be developed.

all that said, i would highly recomend going with the 3in drum instead of the 4.5in. this will give you more range of workouts with or without the headfan unit. i can't spin out on the 3in drums, but i can get awfully close if i'm feeling good that day. the 4.5ers must be a breeze to ride 53/11 on...
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My opinions....

Seven years ago I bought the Challenger rollers with headwind fan and fly wheel.

Before I purchased this set-up, I had the opportunity to ride both the Challengers and Alloy rollers. I didn't notice any difference (except when physically moving them... the Alloy rollers seemed heavier).

Seven years later, my rollers are still in perfect condition and get used quite a bit in the winter. I would suggest getting the headwind fan and flywheel with whatever option you choose. The headwind fan will give you a lot of resistance options and the flywheel really helps smooth out the ride (vs. using the headwind fan with out the flywheel) and gives you a road feel.

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I have the Krietlers with the Fork stand and Killer Head unit. The fork stand is a waste. I have used it once and never again. Guess I could us it for a work stand. The headwind unit is awesome. It provides 3 drive ratios that combined with the adjustable air intake size really controlls both the resistance and the amount of cooling air that is blown back on you. On top of that the resistance is super smooth.
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I have cycleops rollers w/resistance. I would definitely get resistance whatever you get. Also a nice rubber mat and some spinervals videos.
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Thanks for the advice. Sounds as thought he Challenger model (without alloy end-caps) is more than suitable for everyday indoor riding for a number of years. I'll go with the headwind unit also. I'll hold off on the flywheel for now given I'll be moving the rollers in and out of the living room in front of the TV for the time being.

Thanks for the information and suggestions!
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FYI -- just placed an order for the Kreitler Challenger with Killer Blower for $400 shipped plus tax thru my LBS. Not a bad deal!
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i have the challenger rollers, they are awesome.. smart idea skipping the fork stand, it's a waste of money. Mine are 2 years old and are so damn smooth its not even funny. If you have never ridden rollers have fun! and start in a doorway so you can grab the sides to learn the balance.

The first time i got on mine the first thing i thought was that i would NEVER be able to do it, now i clipped in riding no hands on them.
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