The Kurt Kinetic Rock & Roll Trainer is like the Marmite of turbo trainers in that you will either seriously love it or seriously hate it. Its unique design encourages the rider to move side to side while riding, ultimately creating a more realistic riding experience…well for some at least.
As the name would suggest, the very essence of this trainer is the rock ‘n roll motion that riders experience during a training session. This motion is achieved through the cantilevered upper frame which is mounted to the ultra wide stainless steel base – a necessary element of support when moving side to side at such pace. Aside from providing a more realistic roadlike experience, this side to side motion is supposed to encourage you to focus on your riding technique and eliminate any sloppiness. This is a great idea in principle but I guess I was a little disappointed with this aspect as I found that it did not force me to focus on and enhance my technique and core strength as much as the manual said it would.
Kurt Kinetic recommend purchasing the Turntable Riser Ring to go with this trainer as it also allows for your front wheel to move naturally with the motion of the bike as you pedal. Again, a really nice idea in principle but I am not sure how much benefit this ring adds. If anything, I guess it gives your session a different dimension but the jury’s out on this one.
Watch the trainer in action here:
Getting back to Kurt’s claim to refine your core muscles and technique when using this trainer, the principle behind this is partly based on the sound of the trainer. The louder the trainer is, the sloppier your technique and vice versa. This in turn should encourage you to perfect your form so that the trainer is quiet. Although I do get a good workout, I am not sure that my core strength was the focus of the session and because of that, I have ended up feeling disillusioned on so many occasions but that could just be me.
What I can say is that this trainer does achieve its goal of giving the rider a more realistic riding experience. The side by side motion feels very natural and does mimic the on-road experience.
One thing to mention is that this trainer is seriously HEAVY! Normally a heavy trainer would not make the news but this bad boy weighs over 60 pounds which means that you won’t be freely chucking it in the back of your car for a pre race warm up. What this does mean however is that it is sturdy and solid!
The resistance curve on the PRO unit is great and the flexibility of it means that you can really tailor your training sessions to your every need. Using your gears you can get a very smooth and varied training session.
Overall the Kinetic Rock & Roll Trainer is a really innovative take on the traditional trainer. While for some people the ability to rock will be a defining feature, others will prefer to stick with the feeling of a static trainer.