Jan 12, 2013

Minoura B60-R magnetic trainer (3620091) review. The best for the money



A few months ago I started looking for a roller to train at home when the weather did not allow to go out either because of time when we could not get out before nightfall. I knew I did not want a wind turbine roll because they are quite noisy and also knew that many (but not all) of the top roller market (JetFluid CycleOps Pro, CycleOps Fluid2, Kurt Kinetic Road Machine, etc..) were far from what I wanted to spend for some occasional use. Then I had to decided to get a magnetic trainer and among them I found a huge variety of brands and prices.

Checking forums and reviews I found on BikeRadar, a website that makes continuous testing of bicycles, accessories and more, the Japanese Minoura B60-R magnetic roller (3620091). In the BikeRadar website is the only trainer that got a perfect score from the testers (5 stars). This does not mean that is better than the top trainers but its cost-value relation is very good. We can compare the price with other trainers mentioned in the post, we can see it has a great price-value ratio:



After thinking about it, as the price was a little expensive, I bought it at amazon.de, where it was cheaper for me, and after a few days of testing it I can highlight a few points about it:
  • The design is simple, lightweight yet extremely durable and stable. The legs are detachable at its rubber pads and provide excellent support. One can stand up and do sprints without any fear to fall.
  • It is very smooth and virtually silent. Generally the noise of the chain is greater than that of the roller. This is important for those living in apartments.
  • Totally reliable, as it comes equipped with a quick release, once placed on the rear wheel allows support and perfect closure.
  • It has a torque-enough for any workout.
  • Its magnetic plate has 7 levels of adjustable resistance for modifying the conditions during training, it also has a remote control that is placed on the handlebars.
  • It is perfect as a entry level trainer and for those low on budget.

Specifications

  • Resistance: 7 levels
  • Remote: Yes
  • Flywheel: Steel disc, 1.5 pounds
  • Usable tire range: 24 to 29 inches x 2.10 inches
  • Max load: 265 pounds
  • Dimensions: 24 by 15.7 by 18.5 inches (W x H x D)
  • Weight: 13.2 pounds
  • Warranty: 1 year (mag unit), 5 years (frame)

Should I buy it?

If you are concerned about your training or as a recovery method without breaking the bank, also compatible with training videos like Sufferfest or Tacx videos thanks to its remote controller.

Pros:
  • Robust and well built
  • Good resistance on max setting
  • Remote control for changing resistance also make it compatible with training videos
  • No plug necessary
Cons:
  • A little noisy
  • Boring without external help like videos or youtube
Alternatives:


  • If you are in for non smart trainers there are many brands available with similar specs like CycleOps, Elite
  • If you are most interested in smart trainers with slope simulation and online competition like Tacx trainers

If you are considering buying any of these trainers on amazon consider doing it through our links or you can try #WhereToBuy to find the best prices for this trainers comparing Amazon and Ebay.
Thanks for reading!


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