JETBLACK Z1 PRO FLUID
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.
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