Minoura V150 trainer review£219.99

Remote control resistance

BikeRadar score4/5

Minoura's V150 has rough welds and plastic locking levers, which make it look cheap. Don't judge this trainer on its basic looks, though – it’s a really smooth, quiet and versatile machine. 

It’s stable and secure in use, with only a bit of flex when you’re really cranking. The simple single-bolt setup doesn’t take long to use either. This turbo is quiet and smooth, with decent spin sustain from the 1.5kg flywheel. Overall, the ride feel is excellent. 

The seven-step remote lever on the bars gives the potential for loads of resistance and we never had to use more than one setting, even with a compact chainset. The price also includes a video download from thesufferfest.com, to get you started on the way to spring fitness.

This article was originally published in Triathlon Plus magazine, available on Zinio.

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: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than 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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