KI­NETIC ROCK AND ROLL | SMART

Pedal Magazine - - Out In Front -

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

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