Lemond Revolution Bike Trainer Review

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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: https://www.lemondfitness.com/product_detail/465/lemond-revolution#tab-5

Key Specs:

  • 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

About the author: Francis Cebedo

The founder of mtbr and roadbikereview, Francis Cebedo believes that every cyclist has a lot to teach and a lot to learn. "Our websites are communal hubs for sharing cycling experiences, trading adventure stories, and passing along product information and opinions." Francis' favorite bike is the last bike he rode, whether it's a dirt jumper, singlespeed, trail bike, lugged commuter or ultralight carbon road steed. Indeed, Francis loves cycling in all its forms and is happiest when infecting others with that same passion. Francis also believes that IPA will save America.

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  • drlaboole says:

    There’s an ewok in the house

  • bikeman says:

    deal breakers: noise and price. love this concept though. i think with a little more engineering and creative sourcing this could be THE trainer.

  • Kopper says:

    I tried one of these out and boy did it feel real! I really liked it, but it was loud and expensive. I think this tech will make it into new trainer design though.

  • Caferacer says:

    Actually this is not a new concept. The Australian track team has been using these for many years. My wife had one a few years back from the US National Track Team, it was loud and a pain to setup, guess that has not been improved. I forget the brand name of her’s, might have been BT, the Aussie track bike company. The big advantage was the ability to do full on 1500 watt track sprint on it. On a regular trainer the tire just spins in a real sprint effort. In the end she sent it back because it was just too much of a pain to use. The big drawback was that it did not measure watts, and since her wheel was off the Powertap was no use, she has an SRM on her trackbike, but not on the roadbike. So, I guess they improved that at least. bottom line is that unless you are a sprinter, it’s not worth it.

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