Feed­back Sports Om­nium por­ta­ble trainer £349.99

Mountain Biking UK - - WRECKED & RATED -

This well-made, easy to use and neatly com­pact trainer uses two rollers that sit un­der your bike’s rear wheel and ap­ply pro­gres­sive mag­netic re­sis­tance to cre­ate the drag needed for a de­cent warm-up or hard train­ing ses­sion. The roller unit at­taches to the front tri­pod via a tele­scopic slider, which ac­com­mo­dates wheel­bases up to just over 1,200mm. A fork bracket on the (collapsible) tri­pod then al­lows you to an­chor your bike in place. Var­i­ous push-in adapters are pro­vided, so the Om­nium will ac­cept just about any kind of front axle go­ing. Al­though you can’t ad­just the re­sis­tance, as on some turbo train­ers, we found that, as long as we used our gears, we were never left want­ing for more drag when work­ing hard. The rollers them­selves are rea­son­ably quiet (though it’s cer­tainly not the stealth­i­est trainer out there), but there’s a dis­tinc­tive whir that in­creases in vol­ume as you turn the ped­als faster. They’re in­cred­i­bly smooth though, and don’t slip even dur­ing re­ally big ef­forts. The Om­nium folds away quickly and eas­ily, fit­ting into the com­pact bag pro­vided (680x200x200mm). Rob www.2pure.co.uk

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