The Kinetic Rock and Roll trainer has a great fluid unit that offers a realisitc ride, and is easily controlled with the simple twist handle. However we're not convinced of the need for a turbo to teach us how to balance on a bike, and the price is significantly too high.
Good ride sensation
Easy to control resistance
Limited usefulness of moving turbo
Far too big
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We’ve seen a big shift towards using home trainers, mainly down to how busy we all are. Bike rides take up much of the day and so a simple hour session during the week, can be an attractive option for busy people.
The Kinetic Rock and Roll is certainly different to others turbos on the market; on size alone you can see its no ordinary turbo. The idea behind the Kinetic is to replicate road feel as much as possible, trying to make turbo training as realistic as can be, to enhance the users experience, like out of the saddle efforts.
We found it hard to really like the Rock and Roll but equally we didn’t hate it. To a certain degree, the trainer has good ride sensation compared to others, but it takes some getting used to, especially trying to get the balance right. For us, who want to spend minimal time on the turbo, we don’t see the value in some of its features, like getting out of the saddle or trying to ‘learn’ how to balance properly. Though, for a newbie rider, we can maybe see the thinking behind it.
Though we struggle to see the need for the Kinetic Rock and Roll, the real selling point is the fantastic fluid unit at the back. Using the simple twist handle to control resistance before you set off, we liked its usability across a large effort range. The unit flows really well, like on the road, where you receive a welcome build up of momentum. However, its sheer size and weight knocks the Kinetic down a few marks.
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Symon Lewis joined Cycling Weekly as an Editorial Assistant in 2010, he went on to become a Tech Writer in 2014 before being promoted to Tech Editor in 2015 before taking on a role managing Video and Tech in 2019. Lewis discovered cycling via Herne Hill Velodrome, where he was renowned for his prolific performances, and spent two years as a coach at the South London velodrome.
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