The Cycleops Fluid 2 Turbo Trainer is a solid and attractive trainer that is both sturdy and well-built. I’ve always found Cycleops trainers easy to assemble and this trainer is no exception. It can easily be put together in ten minutes so you are up and running straight away. Equally, it also folds down quickly and easily and can fit under a bed or in a storage cupboard.
The quick release system is perfect for getting up and running quickly. It fits most skewers and you use a very simple lever to engage it. The roller is also engaged by use of a simple lever which means it is incredibly simple to use.
Being a fluid resistance trainer means that it is pretty quiet. CycleOps have enlarged the flywheel over the original Cycleops Fluid turbo trainer. This gives twice as much inertia as the original which in turn gives you a more realistic and lifelike riding experience.
In addition to this, the large diameter roller means that there is practically no tyre slip while you are training on your Cycleops Fluid 2 Turbo Trainer.
The nature of a fluid resistance turbo trainer (similar to a wind resistance turbo trainer) is that the resistance rises progressively the harder you cycle. This means that through the use of the normal gearing on your bike you can vary the resistance throughout your training session. However the resistance ceiling may not be quite enough for the more hardcore professional cyclist.
Sadly it does not come with a front wheel stand which would be useful to get a more realistic feel while cycling. You can however purchase a riser or just use something else to prop up your front wheel.
While you will not be doing hugely tailored training sessions for races on this turbo trainer, the Cycleops Fluid 2 Turbo Trainer will provide most cyclists with a great way to keep fit during the winter months.