Here at Clymb Headquarters we dream about the upcoming weekend, with visions of beers, bikes, and mud dancing in our brains. We are cyclocross racers and while we may not be fast, we have fun and put a righteous hurt on our bodies doing it. Recently one of our brand partners, CycleTEK, donated one of their Momentum 1 magnetic trainers to the team. Since most of us settle for a few laps around the nearest neighborhood or some sprints in the parking lot to warm up our legs we graciously accepted.
Clymb colleague Brett Cassidy and I had the opportunity to put the M1 to the test on a gorgeous fall day. Here’s what we thought:
Design: When our trainer arrived, the first thing I noticed was the heft. The packaging kept everything intact and once I pulled it out of the box I realized what was making it so stout. The flywheel was huge, weighing in at 7lbs., and had a really gorgeous sheen, reminding me of the sleek and refined look of a jet fighter. The elegant design was definitely worthy of being showcased in the living room instead of the garage. I was excited to give it a spin.
Durability: CycleTEK claims that the thermodynamically neutral silicone that fills the resistance chamber offers unrivaled smoothness and will never leak. If it does, they’ll back up that claim by offering a lifetime warranty against leakage. We dragged this thing to and from our team tent and set it up multiple times without any issues whatsoever. And we all agreed that it was bombproof, perfect for indoor training sessions or life on the move.
Usability: Set-up was a breeze and the included instructions provided clear and concise direction for the few aspects of assembly that the trainer required. The two-stage folding frame was simple to operate and the six points of floor contact kept the trainer super stable. The ground we were setting up on was slightly uneven but was never an issue since I could easily get things level with the adjustable footpad design.
The first thing I noticed while testing this trainer was how smooth it was. The resistance was there, but none of the drag was present that I’d experienced with other trainers, probably due to the large roller diameter. Hopefully that will also decrease the wear on my tires over time. I could also hammer out sprints without worry and I was shocked at how realistic the ride-quality felt. Impressive.
Design: CycleTEK really thought through the design details on this trainer. The front wheel riser block, for example, has three height positions. This seemed unnecessary to me until I set it up on a slightly sloping gravel parking lot at a cyclocross race. The high position on the riser block kept my bike level even though the ground was sloped. Details like this make all the difference when you’re trying to get in a quick no-hassle pre-race warmup.
Usability: I’ve used trainers in cycling gyms that take me 20 minutes to successfully pair to my bike. Not the case with CycleTEK’s Momentum1 trainer. I was expecting to have to use the skewer included with the trainer in order to set up my bike, but first I tried it with the skewer that was already on my wheel and it worked. Easy. I jumped on my bike to warm up and found that I didn’t have to adjust the resistance or tinker with anything once my legs were spinning. The ease of use translated to more time warming up, and better race results.
Durability: Having only used the Momentum1 trainer at one race, it’s hard to speak to its durability. The trainer does seem sturdy and well built. A full cyclocross season is hell on gear, and I’m confident our team will be using this trainer for many seasons to come, assuming the resistance unit can withstand constant setup, tear down and transport.