Review Kinetic Road Machine 2.0

Kinetic Road Machine fluid trainer Kinetic Road Machine fluid trainer

  • Feel
  • Resistance
  • Noise Level
  • Set-Up
  • Portability



  • Improved resistance over the original
  • Dissipates heat very well, therefore it’s quiet
  • Superb road-like feel
  • Can accommodate 29-ers


  • Adjustable knob to set tire to resistance unit
  • Requires assembly
  • Pricey

The New Kinetic Road Machine trainer (updated from the original original Kinetic Road Machine) uses a fluid resistance brake that offers a quiet and smooth workout. The Road Machine bike trainer provides a very realistic real life riding experience due to its specially calibrated fluid resistance. It comes fully assembled out of the box so you can get up and going without the need to attach the legs to the frame and the braking unit before you start.

The New Kinetic Road Machine trainer provides 3000+ watts of progressive resistance and comes with a large diameter resistance roller that fits rear bike wheels of 22” all the way to large 29”. It comes with a lifetime warranty.

I recently did a spin class at a local shop and noticed that the owner had the new Kurt Kinetic Road Machine 2.0. Being that I’m not shy, I asked him if I could borrow it for a week and he agreed. Not surprising given how much coin I’ve given his shop. Actually, I don’t want to to know…

Anyways, after class, I packed up my trainer, then his, and headed home. Right off the bat, I noticed his was a bit heavier than mine, the CycleOps Fluid 2. I do also own a CycleOps Jetfluid Pro, but that one stay put in the pain cave with a another bike.

More weight necessarily isn’t a bad thing though. Often times, the heavier it is – likely due to a heavier flywheel –  the better the resistance is. Though, there are trainers like the Wahoo Kickr, which are just ridiculously heavy.


Setting Up the Kurt Kinetic Road Machine 2.0

Obviously, I didn’t get the opportunity to unbox this one, but I did see what unboxing looks like courtesy of YouTube.

What I learned: you have some work to do. Though, it’s not all that bad, but it is more work than you’d have to do for aCycleOps. The Kurt Kinetic Road Machine 2.0 accommodates a wide variety of tire sizes, with the default being 700c. If you’re going to ride a 29er, you’ll appreciate having to assemble it yourself, as it eliminates having to take it apart, before putting it back together again on another setting.

All in all, you have to:

  1. Match shapes to screws and use a wrench (not included) to tighten a nut.
  2. Put a spring on a L-bolt and attach that through the resistance unit and secure with a washer and knob.
  3. Figure out the securing mechanisms – it’s not that complicated.
  4. Ride time.

Maybe I’m spoiled by the simplicity of CycleOps trainers – quick-releases galore –  but having to dial a knob to bring the resistance unit in contact with the tire seems silly in my opinion, as it could affect how the resistance feels based on how much that knob has been tightened.



Ride and Resistance

I had only heard good things about the ride quality of the original Kurt Kinetic Road Machine and 2.0. Well, I’m jumping on that band wagon and agree with everyone else; it’s very good!

If you put a blindfold on me and made me ride a CycleOps fluid trainer and then the this Kurt trainer, I wouldn’t know the difference; particularly between the Jetfluid Pro and the 2.0. Though, I would be able to pick them apart based on noise – they each have their own distinguishable tone.

While the mounting system is less intuitive on the Kurt, it feels very stable during higher intensity efforts, so I’d definitely give this one a higher mark than what I’ve ridden on in previous posts.

While spin-down time isn’t of great importance during intervals – it adds to better road feel – the Kurt spin-down time is very good and that’s thanks to it’s heavy flywheel. They have some fancy silicone substance with rare earth magnets doing things that make it feel awesome.

Pardon the lack of coherence, but that’s how I see the awesomeness coming to be.



Final Thoughts

If you’re in the market for a damn good fluid trainer and don’t mind a somewhat finicky set-up that gives you a better, more secure platform in which to ride, then the Kurt Kinetic Road Machine 2.0 is a great trainer for you! While this one is a tad pricey,The same technology used in this one is also available in their Rock n Roll trainer, which looks so badass and fun. If it were my money, I’d spend the extra and get the Rock n Roll just for the thrills.

Sadly, I haven’t ridden the Rock n Roll… yet.


The Kurt Kinetic Road Machine Indoor Bike Trainer is the ideal piece of exercise equipment for anyone who needs proper resistance training on their bike during the indoor season. Sometimes it is just not possible to head outside and train during the long winter months and this is where this type of machine is invaluable.

This product has been tried and tested by experts and experienced by many riders. It has been rated highly and is the bike trainer that is used officially by the US cycling team. Another benefit is the fact that the unit is relatively quiet and smooth. It will not leak and offers one of the best experiences around. Using this indoor bike trainer will mean that you can get the closest to outdoor riding that you can get without actually being outside.

We found to have the best prices on bike trainers including the Kurt Kinetic Road Machine Indoor Bike Trainer.

Featured with this bike trainer is a system that allows you to increase resistance gradually as you increase your speed. This means that you will have a smooth and stable ride throughout your training. There is nothing worse than a jump in speed or resistance as you are training which can be disjointed. This particular feature leads to a very realistic riding experience. The flywheel incorporated with this product also aids this aspect as well. The bike trainer will last longer and achieve higher performance due to the cooling fans that help to stop overheating.

The majority of reviews for the Kurt Kinetic Road Machine Indoor Trainer are highly favorable and tend to concentrate the fact that this is a fluid trainer and the excellent performance of the trainer itself.

Kurt Kinetic Road Machine Indoor Trainer Features:

• Realistic cycling experience with the 6.25-lb flywheel incorporated
• Resistance unit that is powertap calibrated
• Fluid chamber that is sealed with coupled drive shaft that is magnetic
• Includes resistance fluid meaning the bike is stable and secure
• Incorporates 80 fans to cool unit and eradicate heat

Kurt Kinetic Road Machine Indoor Bike Trainer Reviews

Most of the reviews posted for this bike trainer are very positive. Most customers commented on the great value for money and that this product was high quality and high performance. The cooling fans mean that the unit doesn’t get too hot while training meaning it will last longer. There were comments on how fluid resistance trainers are the way to go as is the case with this product. It is far quieter and smoother than other machines. Plus, it provides realism like no others can.

One of the drawbacks that were mentioned however with this bike trainer was the possibility that the resistance fluid could leak over time, despite claims that it is leak free. As with anything you buy in the end it can experience wear and tear over time. A few comments, although in the minority, claimed that the bike did not offer the realistic ride claimed and that the display for the bike is small.

In general, even though there were a couple of negative comments, the majority of reviews for the Kurt Kinetic Road Machine Indoor Bike Trainer were highly favorable. It appears that this bike is one of the most sought after and widely regarded if you want a bike trainer that offers both reliability and realism for your indoor training needs.

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