Is The Kinetic Rock And Roll A Rock Star?
I've been doing a lot of bike trainer reviews over the last few months, and one of the models that's caught my attention is the Kurt Kinetic Rock and Roll. Not only is it based on the best resistance unit in the fluid trainer industry, but it's also got something that no other bike trainer offers.
It offers instability.
That may seem counter-intuitive, but lack of stability has its advantages. It all boils down to the need to pedal in round circles, rather than mashing the pedals down.
When I did my Kinetic Road Machine review , I became aware of the advantages that Kurt Kinetic trainers have over the rest of the market. In short, they are made in such a way that they won't ever leak. In a style of bike trainer in which leaking was nearly universal, that's huge. The Rock and Roll is made with this leakproof style of fluid chamber.
But the Kurt Kinetic Rock and Roll bike trainer rises above the rest of the fluid trainers because it moves from side to side. This means that when a cyclist is not pedaling smoothly, they will be made aware of the error instantly because the trainer will be rockin' and rollin'.
Thus, the name of the trainer.
But the objective isn't really to make the trainer rock from side to side like a drunken sailor. The purpose is to keep the trainer as steady as possible. If the rider is keeping some pressure on the pedals throughout the pedal stroke, the trainer will remain rather 'still'. Should the cyclist get sloppy and start 'mashing' the pedals, the trainer will sway.
Bike rollers are useful for the same reason, but bike rollers may be a bit too much for a lot of people. With rollers, a lapse in concentration (concentration on efficient pedaling) is likely to deposit you onto the floor. With the Rock and Roll, you'll be aware of your transgression, but you'll remain upright.
What of the cost?
I guess you'd have to say that the price tag of the Kinetic Rock and Roll is Rock Star-esque too. You can get the basic Road Machine for a bit over $300, while the Rock and Roll will set you back just under $500. But in a funny way, wearing a high price tag somehow adds to the celebrity status, too.
My conclusion after the hundreds of hours looking into the trainer world and writing more than my fair share of bike trainer reviews is that...I wish I had enough discretionary income to put the Kurt Kinetic Rock and Roll into my stable of exercise equipment.
As it stands, my Road Machine is a trainer that can be likened to a trusty 'quarter horse', able to be ridden by any old cowboy.
The Kinetic Rock and Roll is more like a high-priced 'dressage horse'...the kind of beast that demands to be ridden with some skill.
About the author: Ron Fritzke reviews a variety of cycling equipment, including bike trainer reviews. His focus for the last half dozen years has been on riding his bike in the Mount Shasta, California mountains; as well as racing in Northern California.
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