The Elite Mag Speed Trainer is an entry-level turbo trainer designed for non-competitive and recreational cyclists. It comes with the basic features and functions which is what you would expect for the price.
This trainer is very easy to assemble and if in doubt, the instructions provided with the trainer will help guide you. Conversely, when you are not using it, simply fold it flat and slot it under the bed or in the cupboard to get it out of the way. There is a pretty standard quick release skewer supplied which makes mounting and dismounitng your bike simple.
The nice thing about this trainer is that it has a wide base and is therefore pretty stable and in addition to this it features curved legs which provide the cyclist with additional heel room. When you are actually on your bike, it will become pretty obvious that you need to stand the trainer on a perfectly level surface, failure to do so will mean that the trainer will walk forward when in use. A simple way to deal with this is to jam a piece of cardboard under the legs until it is level.
The main development on the Elite Mag Speed Trainer is the new resistance unit. This unit claims to offer a power increase of up to 70% over the previous Mag Concept model which means you are effectively getting more power for your money which is never a bad thing. The resistance unit is magnetic and can be adjusted using the remote shifter which attaches to the handlebars.
There are five different resistance settings which should provide most cyclists with plenty of variation to push yourself and work hard. Regarding noise it’s not silent by any means but is pretty good for a magentic trainer in it’s price range.
In addition to the fact that you are forced to use this trainer on a perfectly level surface or indeed level it yourself, one of the major downfalls is the amount of saddle buzz that you get when the trainer is in use. This is definitely coming from the aluminium roller and makes for an uncomfortable ride. I also feel that this trainer makes far too much noise, even for a bottom of the range piece of equipment. Bring your ear plugs!
I am on the fence about this trainer. The resistance unit and the five resistance settings provide a great workout selection but this comes at the cost of a buzzing saddle and some crazy loud noise. I guess it all depends on what you want to get out of your training sessions and whether you can crank the music up to drown out the noise.