Beto Airflow turbo trainer£89.99

Unrefined unit

BikeRadar score2/5

Beto's basic wind trainer is refreshingly cooling, but only for riders who don’t mind a bit of noise. Despite the budget price, the well-shaped, broad-stance frame is better looking and more stable than a lot of trainers that cost double the price. 

The barrel roller adjuster and push-pin engine attachment make it fast to use from the box. The twin plastic winding handles also make it easy to get your bike in and out quickly. The metal faces of the axle clamps have a really large diameter though, so make sure they contact the skewer and don’t gouge your dropouts. 

There’s no flywheel attached to the metal roller either, so it’s choppy to ride, with no momentum outside the weight of your wheel. While the fan shroud can be rotated to keep you cool, it’s incredibly noisy in use.

This article was originally published in Triathlon Plus magazine.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 44
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster tfhan the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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