Kinetic Road Machine Trainer [Review]

kinetic road machine

In Florida, I was spoiled. A dedicated trail system that ran without automotive interruption for 20 miles was just outside my front door. It was wide, freshly paved and humid as hell! Upon relocating to Los Angeles, I knew that there would be plenty of amazingly scenic mountain roads to conquer and yet something nagged at me: cars.

I almost immediately decided that riding on a trainer would need to make up the bulk of my miles and that epic adventures would be saved for large group rides. There in lies the real question: which trainer? Considering the vast number of trainers on the market, I knew I wanted a smart, fluid trainer so that I can eventually sync with apps and possibly zwift.

A fortunate craigslist search landed me with a steal on a Kinetic Road Machine 2.0 and now I’m several rides in cruising through settings and their Kinetic InRide App. My one gripe is that the heart rate setting doesn’t support Garmin devices…

The trainer itself is sturdy, well made and folds up tight so it’s easy to store. Once you get the setup down, it connects to the rear axle quickly through a disconnect bolt that slides in and out and a few tension knobs. I’m a solid 170 lb build and it doesn’t give in the least.

If you are a seasoned rider, you’ll want to adjust the settings so that the power curve is a bit more intense as the base settings are a little weak.

Bottom line: this is a great mid-range trainer that is well-built and has a lot of tech for the cost.

  • Durability
  • Noise
  • Price
  • Tech Compatibility

2 thoughts on “Kinetic Road Machine Trainer [Review]

  1. Bryan Keene says:

    Nice post. Searching through which Intide pod to get, green or black, and I run into this.

    Thanks for the thumbs up on the 2.0. It has become my cycle buddy weekly.

    Uncle B

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