KINETIC ROCK AND ROLL | SMART
The Kinetic Rock and Roll | Smart trainer is unique. It is a free-moving fluid trainer that rocks side to side, providing a life-like feel to indoor riding. The pre-installed inRide sensor technology made it easy to connect with such third-party smartphone apps as Kinetic Fit, Zwift, TrainerRoad, Rouvy, Kinomap Trainer and FulGaz, with the added bonus of requiring no additional sensors or add-ons. In addition, to fulfill all your trainer interval needs, the trainer can be used in ERG mode.
Out of the box, the Rock and Roll was very easy to set up and required only the simple tool included to assemble. The adjustment knobs are large, making it a breeze to mount the bike to the trainer frame, and it is simple to dial the correct amount of tension onto the wheel. The long legs of the base make the Rock and Roll very stable in supporting its unique side-to-side rocking feature.
The patented frame mimics real-road movement, and riding the Rock and Roll is really quite an interesting, unique experience. It feels similar to riding a bike outside, while still providing the stability of an indoor trainer. It was fun to lean the bike over, side to side, while hammering up a virtual climb! Surprisingly quiet, the Rock and Roll delivered a real-road feel via its precision-calibrated, progressive, large-diameter fluid-resistance unit. The left side of the resistance unit has a cooling unit featuring 80 fins to help dissipate excess heat, ensuring there is no decrease in the trainer’s performance. With a simulated max slope of 10% and topping out at 1,800 watts at 50kph, I didn’t experience any tire slippage, a regular drawback with many on-wheel trainer systems of the past. This is thanks to the robust 14.4-pound flywheel. But if that is not enough, the trainer is compatible with the Kinetic Pro Flywheel, providing 12 additional pounds of extra inertia.
Also tested was the Kinetic Turntable Riser Ring. Featuring a swivelling base that allows the front wheel to move freely, the Riser complements the rocking feature of the Rock and Roll, giving a nearroad-riding experience, as a certain level of balance and coordination is required.
Kinetic trainers are compatible with virtually all bike-wheel sizes, from 26” to 29”, as well as thru-axle-designed bikes equipped with the Kinetic Traxle thru-axle adapter. Every Smart Control purchased includes a free six-month subscription to the Kinetic Fit power-training app, a lifetime frame warranty and a two-year warranty on the inRide sensor. The SRP is $729.95.
Kinetic Riser Ring
Kinetic Rock and Roll | Smart