Brrrrrrr.... It's frigid outside. My driveway is coated with ice and slightly resembles a skating rink. Along the sides of the road are berms of piled up snow with toes of ice leading out into the road. I'd love to ride, even the intense cold wouldn't dissuade me. It's the presence of the ice that tells me that I am better off avoiding the risk of slipping and crashing, better off, just staying inside and hitting the trainer... ...Enter the Kurt Kinetic Pro trainer...
I've ridden quite a few different trainers over the years. I've even gone to a couple of "trainer parties" in an effort to make riding the trainer fun. The only real trouble with riding a trainer is that it's torture. But, it's torture that helps you keep your legs, trim your fat, and allows you to feel like a cyclist in those long winter months. It's still torture none-the-less.
The Kinetic Pro Trainer is a specimen that has thus far kept me riding a trainer for longer hours and more intervals then any other trainer I've used. It's hard to say which quality best suits my time on the bike. But, with a couple of hundred miles logged—the Pro Trainer is smooth, quiet, offers solid resistance and great simulated road feel.
The fluid style body runs far quieter than wind or magnetic trainers and equally as quiet as any competitive fluid trainer that I've tried. The light whoosh from the Pro Trainer doesn't compete with my Radiohead, techno web radio, Damien Rice or other Irish folky music that I play through my computer while training.
It's really hard to describe road feel, especially when you are talking about the simulated kind. Every trainer I've been on was fairly similar, yet each had slightly different nuances. This one gives the impression of gliding over the smoothest pavement you've ever ridden. Picture a long stretch of freshly laid, pitch black Georgia asphalt, now throw in the well balanced 12 lb. additional flywheel weight to simulate a steady climbing experience. If you've got a good base, the added weight will smooth out your pedal stroke and give you quads of steel.
Kurt's Pro Trainer is also uniquely stable. Most trainers I've ridden had a little bit of give and sway to them. If I stepped out of the saddle to really crank away, they would creak and give just a bit to each side as I powered through my pedal stroke. Not so with the Pro Trainer. I measured the base area of this Kurt trainer and compared it to a few others in my torture room (basement) to define what amounts to a sizeable difference. I've done intervals this winter on the Kurt's machine—a torquey 33mph out of the saddle sprint, with the extra 12 lb. weight didn't phase it in the slightest. My bike remained completely stable.
Another factor lending to the stability of your bike on this trainer is the closer/retention mechanism. When I first saw the bike retention set up I was concerned. I've become accustomed to seeing a pretty standard set up on other trainers. This one was somewhat different. As it turns out, this new set up is actually better than what I had previously used. The gentle closure mechanism seemed to work better, hold the bike more securely and even appeared less likely to crunch your bike. I've always been hesitant to tighten other trainers for fear of squashing the carbon rear triangle of my steed.
All in all, I have to give Kurt props for a well built machine that's good to my body and my bike.