Minoura’s entry-level remote resistance unit is smooth, quiet and torquey enough for any training session, making it a cracking cost-effective choice.
The U-bend frame has fold-out legs and needs to be bolted together before you start. It’s stable enough for thrashing around on though, and the single winding-handle axle clamp keeps the wheel central on the large metal roller. There’s not much run-on but pedaling isn’t too choppy as long as you concentrate on cadence and smooth spinning.
The main things you’ll notice are the impressive smoothness and low noise levels, perfect for beasting yourself in a bedsit. The big resistance lever for your bars lets you ramp up the pain, so you’ll be able to max out your sprint sessions even with compact chainset ratios. There’s a non-remote version for £129.99.
This article was originally published in Triathlon Plus magazine.