Kinetic Trainers: Good, Better, Best

You don’t have to be a professional cyclist to invest in a bike trainer. When the weather outside is cold or the roads are covered with a thin coat of ice, a bike trainer is the perfect place to get a jump start on your fitness for spring.

Whether buying for yourself or as a gift for your bike-obsessed loved one, we’ve provided a list of our highest rated trainers and a quick guide to their benefits.


1. Kinetic Road Machine, $275

With its smooth, reliable fluid resistance and unconditional lifetime warranty, the Kinetic Road Machine is the classic indoor trainer that’s built to last. This trainer is perfect for the recreational cyclist who wants to maintain their fitness during the winter but doesn’t need all the bells and whistles of a smart trainer. The Kinetic Road Machine is the best combination of value and performance in fluid bike trainers. You’ll get genuine real-road feel in the saddle thanks to our large flywheel and roller and precision-calibrated resistance unit. 

If you’re looking to add a dose of connectivity, level up to the Kinetic Road Machine | Smart, our entry-level app-compatible trainer. 



2. Road Machine | Smart 2, $369

Do you embrace the latest technology and want to see metrics from your ride or lose yourself in the 3D world of Zwift? Take your indoor training to the next level with a power trainer that combines our best-in-class Road Machine trainer with data delivery via inRide 3 Power Sensor technology to ANT+ or Bluetooth-connected devices for a world of training possibilities. Our accurate fluid power curve allows true power training without a power meter on your bike or the need for any other sensors. Just connect your smart device or computer with compatible training apps like Kinetic Fit, Zwift, TrainerRoad, Rouvy, Kinomap Trainer and FulGaz and enjoy all the benefits of app-based training. Just like riding on the road, fluid trainers don’t automatically control your effort but rather offer progressive resistance that changes when you change speed. If you want a harder effort, just increase your wheel speed—shift gears and go faster.

If you want training apps to control your resistance like a gym exercise bike does, consider moving up another level to an interactive Control trainer.


3. Rock and Roll | Control, $749

Our flagship trainer and part of our newest generation of interactive, app-controlled trainers, the NEW Kinetic Rock and Roll | Control offers the best power-training workout available. Featuring dual-band ANT+ FE-C and Bluetooth FTMS connectivity and a more accurate and responsive ride, it’s the only interactive electronic trainer that allows your bike to move with you for a more realistic road feel and a stronger core. The new Control trainers offer an immersive app-controlled training experience with electronic resistance that changes automatically so you don’t need to change gears or pedal harder like you do with our fluid trainers. Our power unit offers true course simulation and efficient, targeted workouts with apps like Kinetic Fit, Zwift, TrainerRoad, Rouvy, Kinomap Trainer and FulGaz. Working out with a training app keeps you honest by automatically adjusting the trainer difficulty during interval workouts based on targets and goals that directly reflect your current fitness level. The Rock and Roll | Control is a next-level tool that will help you ride further and have more fun than you ever imagined you could on a stationary trainer.

FeaturedRachel Cochran