The Cascade FluidPro trainer is a straightforward indoor training solution. The solidly built 32lb/14.5kg fluid trainer sits solidly on any surface with four wide-splayed legs, the patented Quick Connect makes set-up easy, and the fluid resistance unit provides good, progressive performance without much noise.
Selling consumer direct in North America (and through distributors in the UK and Australia), Cascade seems to have targeted the CycleOps Fluid2 Trainer (US$349) with the FluidPro, in terms of basic features, construction and price. Wisconsin-based CycleOps claims the Fluid2 to be the ‘best-selling trainer in the USA’, and we find that believable, given the number of the units we’ve seen in homes and at races over the years.
In performance, the two are quite similar. Cascade’s FluidPro has a slightly more stable configuration thanks to its wider rear stance, while the Fluid2 has a bit more refinement, thanks to press buttons that lock the legs in place (Cascade’s just pivot freely) and height adjustment to compensate for uneven surfaces. The resistance and riding feel are very similar, with the FluidPro ramping up progressively in resistance as speed increases. The 7lb flywheel delivers a smooth experience, providing inertia against quick starts and allowing a fair amount of coasting before adding more resistance – similar to what you’d feel on the road.
To clamp your wheel into the FluidPro for the first time, you can fine-tune both the left and right sockets that hold the quick release, which is included. Once that ifit is dialed, the Quick Connect mechanism does as it sounds: a push of the handle clamps the quick release in place, and a pull lets it go. It works well.
Noise-wise, we measured the FluidPro at an average output of 83db, compared to 94db for Bkool Pro Trainer and 86db for Wahoo Kickr.
The unit comes with a quick release, a three-height front wheel block and a lifetime warranty. It folds down quickly – almost too quickly – for storage or transportation. We would appreciate a lock of some sort on both the legs and the resistance unit; as is, they could pinch unsuspecting fingers if you’re not ready for the movement.
All in all, the Cascade FluidPro is a solid trainer, and a good value for the price.