CycleOps Magneto trainer review

Mid-priced at £225, this offering from CycleOps comes with a progressive resistance unit and a solid base, but makes a bit of racket.

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Cycling Weekly Verdict

The CycleOps Magneto trainer offers a smart progressive resistance unit and a very secure base, but puts out a serious racket at higher wattages that will annoy the neighbours.

Reasons to buy
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    Solid base

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    Realistic ride feel

Reasons to avoid
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The standout feature of the CycleOps Magneto Trainer is the progressive resistance unit which adjusts resistance depending on your speed – a first for a magnetic trainer. In effect this means the faster you ride, the more the resistance increases, mimicking the effect of shifting up when riding on the road. This creates a remarkable realistic riding experience that can’t be found on many other magnetic trainers, although the unit struggles a little when really putting down the power or accelerating quickly.

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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.