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Which Rollers to Buy

I posted this in the Trainig and Nutrition Forum as well and have not had much feedback. I am bored with the trainer already and it is only Novmber! I am looking in to some rollers and am wondering what you think: Spend the extra cash and get the Kreitlers or will I be just as happy with Menoura or CycleOps Aluminums? Thanks!!
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If you plan on using them for a long time, spend a little extra and get alloy rollers (won't warp over time). Kreitler is the gold standard.
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Sportscrafters work for me (also sold as Cycleops).
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I'm happy with my Minoura rollers with Mag resistance. If you don't get rollers with narrow diameters, make sure you get one with a resistance unit. I'd hate to buy rollers only to find I can't get anymore use out of them when I "outgrow" them.

I would have gotten kreitler's, but the minoura's were $200 cheaper when I bought them.
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I've only owned 3 brands.

My first set of rollers were PVC drum rollers, bought from performance back in the early 90s, which worked well, but i sold them to a friend when i was moving.

My second set of rollers were Kreitlers, which a roommate bought at a tag sale and gave to me. They're at my folk's house, and I use them when i visit for the holidays.

My current set of rollers are travel trac techniques, which i got pretty cheap off of performance last year.

IMO the travel tracs are great. They may not be as bling as the Kreitlers, but who cares?

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i've never used the kreitlers, but they look ugly as hell, on the net and in person, i guess i just don't like their frame design. Tacx have served me well so far.
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I bought some rollers a month ago (bought cycleops alloys for $175), and I wasn't sure if I should spend the extra to get the Kreitler. I've never rode Kreitlers and I've heard they're fantastic, but I've been more than satisfied with the cycleops, not to mention they're about half the price of Kreitlers.
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Originally Posted by Chopper1
I posted this in the Trainig and Nutrition Forum as well and have not had much feedback. I am bored with the trainer already and it is only Novmber! I am looking in to some rollers and am wondering what you think: Spend the extra cash and get the Kreitlers or will I be just as happy with Menoura or CycleOps Aluminums? Thanks!!
If your bored try the TravelTrac Real Axiom with the DVD's that you ride and watch the PC screen of actual rides. A little pricey at $550 but it may solve your boredom before you invest in another boring trainer that you ride on and stare at a wall.
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Originally Posted by badkarma
I bought some rollers a month ago (bought cycleops alloys for $175), and I wasn't sure if I should spend the extra to get the Kreitler. I've never rode Kreitlers and I've heard they're fantastic, but I've been more than satisfied with the cycleops, not to mention they're about half the price of Kreitlers.
IMO there's no huge difference between my kreitlers and my travel trac's
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I have travel tracs and for $99, when they are on sale, plus the performance coupons and team point, it is crazy to do any other. They are alloy and work great.
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Originally Posted by krazyderek
i've never used the kreitlers, but they look ugly as hell, on the net and in person, i guess i just don't like their frame design. Tacx have served me well so far.
+1 on the Tacx. I've heard that the Kreitlers are a better work out because the rollers being so small are harder to turn over. Don't know if that is true or not.
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Originally Posted by humble_biker
've heard that the Kreitlers are a better work out because the rollers being so small are harder to turn over. Don't know if that is true or not.
that would depend on the model, and it's not brand specific.
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I got the Performance alloy rollers for about $120, which are fine.

Rollers are not complicated. Just buy alloy instead of plastic and you'll be fine.
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Originally Posted by H1449-6
I got the Performance alloy rollers for about $120, which are fine.

Rollers are not complicated. Just buy alloy instead of plastic and you'll be fine.
+1 I have the same alloy rollers and used them last winter. Very good bang for the buck. The drums are nice and round, which is key. Riding on out of round PVC rollers sucks!
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+1 I have the same alloy rollers and used them last winter. Very good bang for the buck. The drums are nice and round, which is key. Riding on out of round PVC rollers sucks!
+1

They seem nice at least. I am still struggling to ride without falling off though.

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are the performance alloy rollers the same as the naahbar rollers?
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Originally Posted by brooklyn
are the performance alloy rollers the same as the naahbar rollers?
They look the same, but if I remember correctly the Nashbar does not fold and the Performance does.
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