- it can get loud at high pedaling levels. Our model is early production and they claim this will be improved significantly.
- need for small derrailleur adjustments is a possibility if your wheelset cog alignment does not match the trainer’s.
- one really has to choose between using this with a 9-speed or 10-speed (aka road or mountain bike). Changing cog sets is not convenient
- 29er mountain bike will be slightly raised on the front end
- Downhill axle bikes like 150mm are not compatible.
- does not fold up for easy transport. This plus the 33 lb weight means it’s not that portable
- your old bike computer with rear wheel sensor will not pick up mileage because there is no rear wheel.
- mounting is slightly more difficult than rollers or trainers that lock on to the skewer.
Bottom line is this trainer pedals better than any other trainer before it. It spins up easy, it coasts well and loads up to 700 watts in a very realistic manner. The pedal to trainer interface is rock solid so there’s no squeaks, creaks and disconcerting movement and flexing. So you are free to just pedal and coast, go on anaerobic intervals or go virtual Pyrenees climbing with your DVDs. This unit offers more realistic pedaling than any trainer, roller or spin bike we’ve tried.
Of course all is not a bed of roses. Noise, portability, compatibility with different bikes are all downsides. And it’s not cheap either at $550. But we feel that it still delivers a solid value for the right buyer.
So it could be a 5-star product if you are the right buyer just looking for the best pedaling action. But the list of weaknesses is long so make sure this trainer fits your usage and requirements.
The right buyer is one that puts thousands of miles on a trainer using a dedicated trainer bike(s). Noise is not a big concern for this buyer but the uncompromised pedaling feel is. That is where the Lemond Revolution trainer delivers.
4.25 out of 5 Stars
4.5 out of 5 Stars