Kurt Kinetic Pro Trainer- A Road Machine On Steroids!

The Kurt Kinetic Pro bike trainer is a beefed up version of the Kinetic Road Machine, just as Arnold was a beefed up version of a Governor…except the Kurt Kinetic Pro trainer would have been able to master the English language, had it had a tongue.


Product Quality 05 Quietness 4.5
Realistic Ride 05 Overall 4.5
About the reviewer: Ron Fritzke is a cycling product reviewer with a passion for ‘all things cycling’. A former 2:17 marathoner, he now directs his competitive efforts toward racing his bike…and looking for good cycling products.


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Hey, Looks Like They Painted the Kinetic Pro To Match My Kit!

Kurt Kinetic’s been a major player in the cycling trainer world for about ten years now. They made their name by coming up with an innovative way to eliminate the leakage problems that plague fluid trainers.

Fluid bike trainers have always provided the most ‘realistic’ feel in the trainer world, but until Kurt Kinetic came along you could almost guarantee that your fluid bike trainer would develop a leak.

What the Kurt Kinetic Pro offers is basically the Kurt Kinetic Road Machine with an additional flywheel which provides a more realistic feel to the ride.

The Unique Kinetic Resistance Unit Is Based On Patented ‘Magnetic Coupling’ Technology

If you’re just getting your feet wet in the world of bike trainers…or more specifically fluid bike trainers, you may not be aware of the uniqueness of Kurt Kinetic trainers.

In ‘days of old’ you could practically guarantee that if you used your fluid trainer enough it would develop a leak and the resistance fluid would seep out. It was because all other designs (besides the Kurt Kinetics) utilized rubber O-ring seals to keep the fluid from escaping at the point where the impeller shaft penetrated the fluid-filled chamber.

All of that friction and the heat build-up was too much for measly O-rings.

In Kinetic trainers (Kurt Kinetic Pro Trainer included), the fluid chamber containing the impellers is completely sealed off. In a chamber directly next to this ‘fluid’ chamber is a flywheel with embedded magnets in it…which ‘couple’ with the magnets that are in the sealed chamber. It’s a ‘virtual’ magnetic coupling.

Kurt Kinetic magnetic couplingSo the flywheel on the outside turns as one unit with the impellers on the inside of the chamber without any need to use failure prone O-rings.

This isn’t to be mistaken for a magnetic (mag) trainer that uses magnetic resistance to get the job done. Kurt Kinetic technology is actually using magnetic affinity.

This video does a much better job of conveying the idea than my awkward description.

Be sure to watch it!

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Is The Kurt Kinetic Pro Magnetic Coupling Strong Enough?

Early in my Kurt Kinetic trainer ‘career’ I had a few rides in which I doubted the strength of this whole magnetic system. I’d accelerate and feel a lot of slippage going on.

My oxygen starved brain came to the conclusion that while the whole Kurt Kinetic idea was OK for most cyclists, it was inadequate for a rider, (such as myself) who was gifted with extraordinary power. I assumed I was ‘breaking’ the magnetic coupling with my beastly accelerations.

Then I finished the ride and found that half of my tire rubber was on the floor…victim to slippage between the roller and the tire. Some idiot hadn’t tightened the roller up against the tire sufficiently.

And that idiot was me…a fool who’d entertained foolish wishful thinking regarding his abilities.

Subsequent research led me to find out that Kinetic had demonstrated the magnetic bond isn’t disrupted even when an electric motor accelerates from zero to fifty mph as fast as an electric motor can go…which is more torque than you or I’ll ever generate.

In case you’re wondering at what point this trainer is forced into ‘submission’, it can resist up to 3000 watts for a sustained amount of time.

If you aren’t privy to watts, elite road racers are able to produce up to 1700 watts when they do their initial acceleration at the end of a race.

You’ll be OK…you won’t overpower this trainer. But you may shred up a tire or two if you follow my lead.

A Word About Silicone

kurt kinetic pro power curveSilicone’s unique in that it actually gets thicker when it heats up. Other fluids get thinner when heated (think maple syrup), which would produce less resistance the harder you ride.

Kurt Kinetic calls their silicone ‘thermodynamically neutral’.

The consistent resistance that the Kurt Kinetic Pro trainer provides has been calibrated using a power meter to provide in the neighborhood of 300 watts when the rear wheel is spinning at 25 mph.

I’ve checked this out recently…and even though my Kinetic trainer’s about five years old it still takes about 25 mph to get my Powertap to read 300 watts.

The Kurt Kinetic Pro Trainer And Guarantees

Kurt Kinetic guarantees their trainers (and this is most important with fluid trainers) with an Unconditional Lifetime Warranty. This compares favorably with some of the other company’s warranties of replacement for ‘Manufacturer’s Defects’.

There’s even a ‘crash replacement policy’ guarantee included with the Kinetic trainers.

What kind of a fool’d crash off his bike trainer?

I’d be that kind of fool… a crime scene investigation (CSI) team concluded that ‘hasty set-up with lack of attention to proper tightening procedures’ was responsible for the humiliating mishap.

What About Some Kurt Kinetic Pro Features?

  • The ride is as realistic as a fluid trainer can provide.
  • It takes the trainer sixty seconds to coast down from twenty five mph…evidence of the added flywheel’s effectiveness.
  • A total of 18 lbs of flywheel are included…an attached six pound flywheel and additional twelve pound of flywheel.
  • Designed with a quick release to make getting bikes into and out of the trainer easier.
  • Kurt Kinetic provides an unconditional lifetime warranty.
  • Made with eighty cooling fans.
  • Manufactured with a larger roller to reduce tire wear…if tightened properly. 🙂
The Good
  1. Very reliable fluid trainer due to Kurt Kinetic’s proprietary design.
  2. Realistic feel due to the increased inertia of a heavier flywheel.
  3. Made by a manufacturer noted for an emphasis on quality and service.
  4. Quieter than a mag trainer or a wind trainer.
The Bad
  1. May be ‘overkill’ for a casual rider.
  2. The value of the added cost for the additional flywheel on the Kinetic Pro is up to the rider’s discretion.

This trainer is for:

  1. Riders looking for a high quality product that they can be proud to include in their cycling equipment.
  2. Cyclists wanting to replicate the outdoor ride as much as possible.
  3. Riders not wanting to penny pinch on their hobby…or obsession 🙂

Here’s What Others Are Saying About The Kurt Kinetic Pro

The Schwinn 240 is extremely quiet…while the Kurt Kinetic Pro provides a VERY realistic ride. Both are fantastic. The Kinetic Pro is for serious workouts. The Pro is a very good investment…
-KSIOP- {review rewritten for brevity. Read the original review here}

Comes with easy instructions…not hard to follow. I’d rate it an overall value of 4/5…
-Rashmi- {review rewritten for brevity. Read the original review here}

===>You’ll be hard pressed to beat Amazon for pricing, service, and trustworthiness.  Get the Road Machine here.

Kinetic PRO Trainer Dual Fly-Wheel Trainer
The Pro models allows for up to 18lbs of flywheel that yields a very smooth road like experience on the trainer. The resistance unit is Kinetic's top-of-the-line fluid model from the Road Machine.

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3 Responses to Kurt Kinetic Pro Trainer- A Road Machine On Steroids!

  1. Damian says:


    well i can tell you from my own experince. In the 90s when fluids came out cycleops were first. Fluids feels amazing compared to wind and magnetic which was the only thing availible back then. I went through 2 cycyle-ops. And both times I had had the trianer for around 3 months and in winter I used them 2 hours 6 days a week. All the sudden you notice its very easy to ride and there is no resistance. You look behind you and there is a pool of clear oil on the floor.

    I had a kurt years ago and i just bought a new one. They are built tough and feel great. Never a problem in the world with them. Customer service is freindly and on the ball. I will be adding the 18 pound fly weight to mine next month. I live in north east ohio and up here winter last some times nearly 5 months. With a side table with water and good music you can loose yourself and do a world of good for your fitness. From my experince, trainers are not something you cut corners on. You really get what you pay for, they are an investment after all. Get the Kurt you will be happy with it.

  2. Ron Fritzke says:

    Hi Jenna,
    Would it work to get a slick tire for your hybrid bike so that there is less noise?…Or are you wanting to get different bike anyway?
    Here’s a link with some slicks on the page. http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=slick+bike+tire&x=0&y=0#/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=bike+tire+slick&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Abike+tire+slick

    I’d say to get a tire meant specifically for bike trainers, but they don’t have very good traction out on the road.

    It’s tough to answer which road bike would be appropriate. An aluminum frame (rather than carbon) with a component set that’s a couple of steps down from the top (ie. components in the Shimano 105 range) may be a good option. Getting a used bike that the previous owner didn’t use much (good intentions…) is easy to do because of the advent of Craigslist, etc.

    Hope that helps,

  3. Jenna Sosa says:

    This site has been very helpful and interesting! I came upon the “Kinetic by Kurt” when I was looking on Amazon for an exercise bike. Unfortunately most look heavy, bulky, and the type of thing you see in people’s basements with an inch of dust on it. I was looking for something that wouldn’t take up much space and was of great quality. I have a REALLY old hybrid bike and had seen reviews stating that the knobby tires would increase noise at the least. I was thinking about investing in a road bike that I would mostly use with the Kinetic for exercising purposes but would be able to take out on the road. For someone who doesn’t want to pay a fortune… what type of bike would you suggest me look into considering it’s desired use?

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