What we have here is a fresh approach at a bike trainer. It eliminates the rear wheel and the bike attaches directly to this trainer. So you need a compatible cog installed on the trainer to get proper shifting. Shimano, Campy, SRAM, 9-10-11 speed… make sure you get the right one. So switching different bikes onto this trainer is not as practical as most other trainers. Also, you would be really blessed (as we are) if your wheel cassette position is identical to the trainer’s. In this case, there will be zero derailleur adjustment required when mounting to the trainer.
When all is set up, the rider is rewarded by a very realistic pedaling experience. It’s just like pedaling outdoors in wide open smooth tarmac. If that is really, really important to you and you’re tired of wearing out tires on the trainer then you may have found the right product for you.
Of course, there are compromises so read on. If you’re looking for a quiet trainer that you can set up in the living room with any of your bikes and you want it portable and under $300, this may not be a good option.
Several Videos by Lemond are here: http://www.lemondfitness.com/product_detail/465/lemond-revolution#tab-5
- Price is $499. $549 with cogset
- Weight: 32 lbs
- direct drive eliminates the wheel and tire interface from the trainer
- Resistance is fan based.
- interface between bike and trainer is locked and solid.
- does not wear out the tire
- pedaling action with coasting is very realistic because of the massive flywheel positioned at the edge of the fan blades
- extremely sturdy and stable under heavy pedaling and out of the saddle efforts
- bike is level and does not need a trainer block to prop up the front is not required
- wind resistance is light during start up and progressively gets heavier as load increases. This is much more realistic than fluid, magnetic or friction resistance.
- performance data will be available soon with a Lemond Power Pilot for $350 with calibrated watts downloable through USB