2014 Kurt Kinetic trainers

Kurt Kinetic has completely redesigned their trainer line, with everything but the resistance units being completely new.

They were hearing customers desiring features they didn’t have, so the line gets better compatibility with fatter tires. They also made the tension against the wheel more robust. Knobs are new with an ABS construction with rubber grips for better ergonomics. Lastly, all fixed frame models come out of the box completely assembled, and the Rock n Roll only requires two legs to be slid into place.

2014 Kurt Kinetic trainers

The Rock n Roll’s legs close in a bit so the entire unit will fit within a trainer mat’s footprint. The yoke (the piece that goes up to hold the axle) and the rocking mechanism moved backward for better weight distribution. That makes the rocking action a bit freer and more natural feeling.

The new units are on the ship headed to the states, look for availability by mid September.

2014 Kurt Kinetic trainers

Traxle trainer axles were introduced not too long ago and are available in three versions to fit X12, Shimano and Maxle thread pitches. They provide an extended nut for the trainer to grab into, so you can ride any thru axle bike on them. Each is $50, shipping now.

The inRide Bluetooth watt meter and HR monitor lets you measure power. It puts a magnetic sensor on the base of the roller and measures rotation speed. They know the resistance of the fluid trainer, which doesn’t change with temperature, and can use the RPMs to determine how much force you’re cranking out. You input your threshold data into the iOS app, them share the data with Map My Fitness, Training Peaks, Garmin Connect and others, or just email it to your coach.
It retails for $219.


  1. They put the speed to power approximation formula they use on their site. No true strain gauge based power here. 5 minutes in excel and you can print out a paper “power meter” that does the exact same thing with any normal bike computer. It matched my powertap on the old rock and roll within ~15-20% accuracy.

  2. Bill,
    You are correct, it is not strain gauge-based power, but it costs $500 – $1000 less than strain gauge-based setups. In our testing we are getting results within 5-10 watts of our benchmark units, which include the three most popular strain gauge-based power meters. With inRide we wanted to offer an improved version of our Power Computer, with all of the metrics that people want to use to build a training plan and track their progress, and we wanted to do it at a price anyone can afford. It is a great entry point into power training for people who already have a Kinetic fluid trainer or a great accessory to add to a trainer purchase.

    The lack of an Android app will be a problem for some, and we hope to offer an option for them soon. Unfortunately, the Bluetooth LE drivers were only recently released for Android, Apple was well ahead of the curve on this. We will continue to work with our development partner to make it a useful tool and improve it where we can, but we think it provides a great option for a lot of riders looking to train with power.

    Jason from Kinetic

  3. For anyone who currently uses the InRide system and needs an extra HR strap, Wahoo Fitness offers just the Bluetooth HR strap by itself for just $69.99, available in bike shops. also works great with Strava outside and many other apps.

What do you think?