How magnetic resistance works
Magnetic resistance is generated by spinning a metal disk through a magnetic field. This creates what are called “Eddy Currents”, which cause drag on the metal disk. The Kinetic Magnetic resistance unit provides quiet, smooth, progressive resistance. The Mag’s linear progressive resistance curve (black line) offers a higher mid-range resistance than our fluid trainer models, (0 mph – 32 mph) making it a great match for low-geared bikes like mountain and cross bikes.
Heat is the enemy
Magnetic trainer performance is affected by heat, which causes resistance to decrease. Most magnetic trainers generate resistance by spinning magnets next to a fixed steel disc with a separate fan for cooling. Our Magnetic trainer uses an aluminum disk spinning between two magnets with smaller fan blades integrated into the disk. This keeps ours cooler for more consistent performance, and quieter because it doesn’t require the additional fan. In fact, the Kinetic Magnetic is the quietest trainer we have tested.
The flywheel on a trainer simulates the momentum of the bike and rider, increasing the effort needed to accelerate and maintaining speed when coasting. At 6.25 lbs. (2.8 kg), Kinetic Magnetic trainers have the heaviest flywheels found on magnetic trainers; providing a far more realistic ride.
Kinetic fluid trainers feature an engineering breakthrough - our patented magnetic drive system for a lifetime of leak-proof performance. With other fluid trainers, the drive shaft enters the fluid chamber. This spinning drive shaft is the weak point of the unit. Our magnetic drive system uses two sets of powerful magnets on either side of a separating wall, so there are no moving parts entering the fluid chamber.
Rather than using an external fan to manage heat Kinetic uses an internal fan and 80 cooling fins, which provides both the quietest fluid trainer we have tested and the lowest operating temperature of any fluid trainer.
The flywheel on a trainer simulates the momentum of the bike and rider, increasing the effort needed to accelerate and maintaining speed when coasting. Kinetic fluid trainers have a heavyweight 6.25 pound flywheel for a more realistic ride.
NOTE: we no longer sell the Kinetic Magnetic trainer.