The Jet Black Z1 Fluid Hydrogel Trainer is a very smart looking piece of kit in black and red livery which will wear well due to the high quality build. The wide feet give a very stable ride and the innovative double clamp system makes it very easy to mount and remove the bike. The Jet Black Z1 Fluid Hydrogel Trainer even comes with a set of replacement skewers for any non-standard bike. There is absolutely no set up, just open the box, attach your bike and you’re off. Then, when you’re done, it folds down to store in even the smallest cupboard until youre ready to train again. This very realistically priced trainer is suitable for any fitness level, giving progressive resistance up to 900 watts.
Trainers have various drawbacks and it was interesting to discover how the manufacturers of the Jet Black Z1 Fluid Hydrogel Trainer have worked to overcome them. Excessive tyre wear is obviously one issue and this has been reduced (the makers say by up to 30%) by the use of the patented hydrogel rollers. As well as reducing tyre wear, these rollers also improve contact between the bike and the trainer and the noise level is much lower than you might expect. This is obviously an important consideration when choosing a trainer which will by definition be used indoors.
The resistance unit gives a very smooth ride and the varying levels of resistance available on the Jet Black Z1 Fluid Hydrogel Trainer gives any level of cyclist the opportunity to build power and technique. Because your body position is exactly what you would adopt when riding on the road, the training workout you get with this trainer is also exactly the same as the real thing. This means there is minimal discrepancy to allow for and the Jet Black Z1 Fluid Hydrogel Trainer is therefore a brilliant unit for taking to trials for warm up. This is especially simple as it folds up and down in a flash and doesnt need adjustments between bikes – just pop one out and the next one in and youre on the road again (to quote Canned Heat and if you remember them, youre probably too old to be cycling!).
At a very reasonable price, the Jet Black Z1 Fluid Hydrogel Trainer is a very affordable trainer and as it is also very easy to use, store and transport, there seems to be little wrong with it. It has a very stable base and this is important if it might be used on uneven ground (for example for a warm up at a trial). The hydrogel roller gives excellent contact between the bike and the trainer giving you a very realistic riding experience.