The Blackburn feels like a quality product straight out of the box, and it’s a joy to set up. The innovative telescopic legs allow you to position the rear wheel very close to the ground, so there’s no need for a riser for the front wheel.
The huge flywheel uses a centrifugal system to increase resistance with speed, and this allows for a very wide range of resistance with no external controls. It has the advantage of being able to spin slowly with very little drag, so it’s excellent for interval sessions, and it creates enough resistance for out-of-the-saddle work too, with the sturdy frame well up to the job of holding the bike steady.
The resistance ramps up much more quickly through the gears than a standard unit, so if you’re trying to keep a steady cadence it’s sometimes hard to find the perfect gear; for me the gaps were a bit too big.
The standard set-up produces 325 watts at 25mph; it’s possible to change the internals to provide up to 745 watts which should be enough even if you have thighs like oak trees. It’s quiet, it’s well built and has a great riding feel. Apart from the steep resistance curve, it’s pretty hard to fault. And there’s a lifetime warranty too.