CycleOps Super Magneto Pro trainer review

Super-solid turbo trainer

BikeRadar score3/5

It's not cheap but the Super Mag is a super-smooth, simple and versatile lifetime training partner. It comes assembled, so you can get on and go straight away.

The broad-stance legs are adjustable, with locking pins to keep them in place. The big lazy threaded axle clamp locks the bike in a vice-like grip for total confidence too. Lack of a remote control for the four resistance levels is a bit disappointing given the price, and the big flywheel can cause spin when you’re starting off at high resistance.

Get it going though and the turbo’s outstandingly smooth, with a consistently progressive resistance curve that mimics road riding pretty well. There’s potential for proper leg-popping loads, and high momentum makes it great for sprinting. There’s a training DVD included and the turbo has a lifetime warranty.

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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