Rollers! (the small round mechanical type)
I might finally, and somewhat resentfully, be coming round to the idea, that in the UK, to maintain proper fitness, some form of mechanical training device can be useful. Can people with a set of rollers tell me what the work out is like? I fancy rollers rather than a turbo as the balance skills sound usefull and more engaging etc?
There are a few cheap sets on the usual internet outlets, any experience of if the cheap ones (~£120ish) are any good, verses more expensive ones (>£200) ??
Also, a lot of the time it is unclear as to if they suit MTB’s? Persumably i just need to get a set of V smooth tyres? Again, any recommendations (will be running my race hardtail on them)
I’m sure this has all been covered before (what with the weather this year) so thanks in advance if people end up repeating themselves on here 😉Posted 5 years agoSamMember
I’m really liking my JetBlack rollers – best value out there IMO having come from a set of the Tacx. Yes, you just need slick tyres and your mtb will be fine. Wider, thicker tyres and lower pressure will give you more resistance. It’s hard to do the full on high intensity intervals as you can on a turbo but you can still get a pretty solid workout.Posted 5 years agoSamMember
The appear to have larger diameter rollers so could be a bit lower rolling resistance. From what I’ve heard you shouldn’t really expect the bumpers to do very much, and to be honest after you do a couple of ‘doorway’ sessions you’ll be fine anyhow. I suspect that in general alloy rollers should be more durable and less likely to deform.Posted 5 years agoThe Swedish ChefMember
I started on those Elite ones, they were OK, felt a bit plastic but perfect for getting started.
I sold them and upgraded to the Elite ones with resistance in, again they are a little plastic but I’m able to train on them with a 42*11 max gearing on my CX bike and generate enough watts to give me a solid workout. (6w/kg)
Not sure what how effective the parabolic shape is, but as a warning signal to move to centre they are very good.
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