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12/16/2017 1:37 PM

Looking at getting an inexpensive bike trainer to spin on through the winter. I have a 29er mountain bike, can most of these handle the taller tires?

Wouldn't mind some suggestions! I don't want to buy a full spin bike for something that will only see use for the winter months.

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12/16/2017 2:01 PM

I had a resistance one for my 27” mtn bike and used it for about two minutes and returned it. Didn’t care for it at all. VERY noisy and the resistance just didn’t feel right. It was either too much pressure on the tire or barley even touching. I was only $60 so I didn’t have high expectations for it anyways. My parents don’t use their tredmile anymore so I brought it over to my house and jog on that in front on the tv in the evenings

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12/16/2017 2:54 PM

My wife used her 29 on a Cyclops trainer with street tires

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12/16/2017 7:03 PM
Edited Date/Time: 12/16/2017 7:04 PM

lumpy790 wrote:

My wife used her 29 on a Cyclops trainer with street tires

Yea, I've a friend who uses a Cyclops with his 29’r. I prefer an old set of Kreitler rollers to keep my spin smooth. Anything less than proper form and the rollers will send you to the floor.

https://www.kreitler.com/a85bkscawdc6utw8j0hjx4mw8nj1uj

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12/16/2017 7:58 PM

Nashbar Fluid Trainer

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12/16/2017 10:11 PM

I have Elite Rampa smart trainer that also takes 29" but its on 400 dollars range.

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12/17/2017 5:17 AM

I have a first generation wahoo kickr, it's a direct drive trainer meaning it has a cassette and your bike hooks up directly to it, instead of the tire being slowed by a roller. Just to give you an idea, I had an el cheapo traditional trainer about 5 years ago and I hated it, I couldn't do more than 30-40 minutes on it. On the kickr just did 200 miles last Saturday, it's a much more realistic feel. Of course I didn't really cycle back then so that might have the difference too.
Wahoo has them refurbished for $650, they are 1200 new. I know it's still a lot of money for someone looking for entry level equipment, but I think you could sell it and not lose much money if you didn't like it.

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12/17/2017 5:47 AM
Edited Date/Time: 12/17/2017 5:48 AM

I use Minoura Trainers. Both have been tire resistance. One had the resistance control on the trainer and the one I use now has a remote, which I recommend if you want to simulate climbs. Gets cumbersome changing resistance with your foot.

This is the one I currently use. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Minoura-Mag-Ride-60R-w-Remote-7-Levels-Bike-Trainer-Indoor-Bicycle-Exerciser/371226595343?epid=2130986034&hash=item566ed4500f:g:dTYAAOSwA3dYdA0B

130 bucks.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Minoura-RDA2429-D-Rim-Drive-Indoor-Bicycle-Trainer-24-29-700c-Road-MTB/332107771311?epid=1000123497&hash=item4d532a6daf:g:bQsAAOSwA29Y4YPF

190 bucks. Fits a 29" and you would not have to change your tire.

Now keep in mind these things are exercise equipment and can be scored CHEAP used. I got my current trainer for 60 bucks. I saw a couple months ago on my local craigslist, dude was selling 4 of them for 70 bucks. I'd look around first

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12/17/2017 7:25 AM

I run an Elite Fluid trainer with my CX bike. Stay away from Mag trainers, stick with fluid. Use a dedicated training tire.
Cheap trainers usually suck. I only paid $175 for mine on sale at Nashbar.
I normally turn on a training video and do 30 min to 60 min interval rides.

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12/17/2017 11:01 AM

White_Trash wrote:

Looking at getting an inexpensive bike trainer to spin on through the winter. I have a 29er mountain bike, can most of these ...more

You’d want to put a slick on, which will fit fine. Using a knobby on a trainer is a recipe for lots of noise and destroying tires. A direct mount is even better, and you’d find a smart trainer is much more engaging to use, although not more effective. In terms of bang for the buck rollers from performance FTW. Personally I’d take rollers over a lowcost mag/fluid trainer any day.

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