Bicycle Heaven just received a demo trainer from a company called CycleTEK. CycleTEK is a newer company that currently makes one trainer the Momentum 1. One first thoughts I was very curious to see what this trainer could offer to compete with more well known brands like Kurt Kinetic and CycleOps.
Upon opening and unpacking this trainer the quality was obvious. First off this trainer is heavy duty. The feet it sits on are very solid and well constructed, It is apparent that some thought went into engineering an incredibly sturdy platform for this system. I might even go as far as saying it’s the most “grounded” trainer I have ever seen.
I was curious to see what the CycleTEK Momentum 1 trainer weighed so I threw it on a scale, 31.15 lbs. I also weighed the Kurt Kinetic Road Machine (24.14lbs) and the CycleOps Fluid 2 (19.01lbs). Now there is a few ways you can look at these numbers. As far as portability the lighter the better in which The CycleOps Fluid 2 would be ideal. As far as sturdiness heavier usually means better and for intense indoor training a heavier trainer would probably be ideal in which case the CycleTEK wins. The extra weight comes from 3 things, first the base of the trainer is incredibly overbuilt for stability, second the flywheel is very large and heavy (a nice feature to have on any trainer), and third the drum where the wheel contacts.
When it comes to the drum of the trainer where your wheel contacts the trainer larger is better. A larger diameter drum means more surface area, more surface area means better contact. Having better tire contact to your trainer will give you a smoother ride and less chance of your tire slipping as you accelerate. I decided to put a caliper on the drums of these trainers to see how they varied. The CycleTEK Momentum 1 has a drum diameter of 60.1mm which was the largest of the three. The Kurt Kinetic Road Machine measured up at 54.2mm, while the CycleOps Fluid 2 was 50.5mm.
So far I have only talked about the body and measurements of this machine, so let’s ride it! The ride of this trainer is very smooth and solid. The combination of the fluid chamber, oversize drum and large heavy flywheel made for a very smooth and realistic feel with very accurate resistance. In just a short ride I can confidently say that this trainer is a premium product and rivals some of the best. The trainer also is very quite when ridden so it would not be distracting from whatever you are doing while you ride. While getting the trainer up to speed there was little to no tire slip which is always a good thing to see.
My final opinion of this trainer is that it is a very solid premium product. This product should have no problem getting its name out there and being a top tier fluid trainer. The price on this trainer is the only thing that might hold some people back. This trainer retails for $379.99 which is consistent with Kurt Kinetic’s Road Machine and more expensive then the CycleOps Fluid 2 ($339.99). I don’t think the price is unreasonable but this product will be directly competing with many of the known tried and true best trainers on the market. Anyone who is interested in trying out the CycleTEK Momentum 1 is welcome to Demo it here at Bicycle Heaven!
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