Pedal Magazine - - Out In Front -

JetBlack is an Aus­tralian com­pany with a sim­ple phi­los­o­phy to cre­ate the best prod­ucts at the best prices. With in­no­va­tion and af­ford­abil­ity at the heart of the com­pany, the JetBlack Z1 PRO Fluid is built to be a high-qual­ity, fluid-re­sis­tance bi­cy­cle trainer. Right out of the box, the Z1 PRO was su­per-easy to set up and re­quired no tools what­so­ever, as it is pre-as­sem­bled and ready to ride. The wheel-axle clamp­ing mech­a­nism in­cludes a large, wide lever arm, pro­vid­ing a best-in-class lever­age point to clamp down the axle of the bi­cy­cle into the trainer. This Set-clip Quick Re­lease sys­tem makes for easy bike en­try, as it re­quires a one-time-only set-up – “set and for­get.” The on-wheel ten­sion is ef­fort­less to ad­just, thanks to the over­sized ad­just­ment knob.

With an im­pres­sively com­pact de­sign, the trainer can lay near-flat, mak­ing stor­age and trans­port a breeze. Although the fly­wheel is small in size, it does not com­pro­mise the road-like feel of the fluid-re­sis­tance unit. Right from the ini­tial pedal strokes, the Z1 PRO trainer pro­vides a but­tery-smooth road-like feel due to the high-weight fluid fly­wheel. De­liv­er­ing a much greater “road-like” feel com­pared to mag­netic train­ers, the pro­pri­etary fluid in the JetBlack Z1 PRO Fluid in­creases re­sis­tance ex­po­nen­tially up to 900 watts, so the faster you spin, the harder it gets.

A unique fea­ture of the Z1 PRO is the Hy­dro­gel roller. The in­ter­nally cross-linked net­work of the three-di­men­sional polyionic poly­mers cov­ers the roller to re­duce noise by a claimed 55%. It has a jelly-like feel that helps re­duces tire wear by low­er­ing the con­tact heat be­tween the tire and roller and sig­nif­i­cantly re­duc­ing the slip­page over con­ven­tional al­loy rollers – some­thing that was thor­oughly ap­pre­ci­ated dur­ing the test.

Although the Z1 PRO is not di­rectly com­pat­i­ble with third-party apps such a Zwift and Train­erRoad, the trainer can be used with these apps in con­junc­tion with a power me­ter or speed/ca­dence sen­sor set-up, and JetBlack is set to soon have avail­able in Canada the Whis­perDrive Smart di­rect-drive trainer.

Wheel com­pat­i­bil­ity in­cludes road and moun­tain bikes, with wheel sizes rang­ing from 700c, 29”, 27.5”, 26” and some 24” bikes. The Z1 PRO has a life­time war­ranty. The SRP is $369.99.

JetBlack Z1 PRO Fluid

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