CycleOps Magneto

 
4.5 stars
 (19 Reviews)
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CycleOps' Magneto is an innovative training tool to keep you fit, trim, and ready to ride no matter what the weather is like outside. It offers progressive resistance, which means the faster you go, the quicker the resistance ramps up, just like the real world. There is no adjustment necessary, and the resistance level automatically changes to give you a smooth, quiet ride. Plus, the frame is tough, sturdy and stable so you can ride as hard as you want.

Consumer Reviews

 
4.5 stars

(19 reviews)

78% of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to install and use  (10)
  • Stable  (10)
  • Adjustable  (7)
  • Easy To Set Up  (7)
  • Durable  (6)
  • Easy To Use  (5)

Cons

  • Might need skewer 
  • Noisy 
  • Very low resistance 
  • Not Effective 
  • Bike leans to the left 

Best Uses

  • Road Bikes  (8)
  • City Bikes  (3)
  • Speed Training  (2)
  • Individual Sports  (2)
  • Sprints  (2)
  • Long Rides  (2)

 
5.0
Feb 06, 2018

basic magneto

Pros:
Easy To Set Up, Increases Endurance, Easy To Use
Cons:
Best Uses:
Strength Training, Individual Sports
easy set up, very solid.
by snowout/cyclein from chicago

 
3.0
Jan 09, 2018

Not sure haven't road it

Pros:
Easy To Set Up
Cons:
Best Uses:
I haven't used it yet
by Blake Gillis from Clinton,mo

 
4.0
Jan 06, 2018

seems great so far

Pros:
Easy To Set Up
Cons:
Best Uses:
Individual Sports
only a few opportunities to use so far but seems great. Used wind trainer years ago when more active, and this is literally, decades ahead. Quiet enough to watch TV at low volume while riding.
by Hawk from North Canton Ohio

 
4.0
Jan 05, 2018

This product is helping me survive the winter deep freeze.

Pros:
Easy To Set Up, Easy To Use, Increases Endurance, Improves Strength
Cons:
Best Uses:
Speed Training
If you want to ride and it is 0 degrees outside this is not a bad alternative.
by Training for a Tri from Chicago, IL

 
5.0
Jan 01, 2018

Love my Trainer

Pros:
Improves Strength, Easy To Set Up, Improves Agility, Easy To Use
Cons:
Best Uses:
Strength Training
I owned a similar but much cheaper model based on this design from another company. This one works well with my vintage, solid hub 7 speed.
by Carybear from Halifax Nova Scotia Canada

 
1.0
Oct 20, 2017

Not very good

Pros:
Easy To Set Up, Easy To Use
Cons:
Not Effective, Very low resistance, Bike leans to the left
Best Uses:
Does not seem to adjust resistance at all. Is too loud to ride and watch tv unless the tv wakes everyone up.
by Likes good equipment from Oregon

 
5.0
Jul 15, 2017

Solves Midwestern Winter Woes

Pros:
Quiet, Improves Strength, Easy To Set Up, Increases Endurance, Easy To Use
Cons:
Best Uses:
Speed Training, Endurance Training
I bought this trainer back in 2012 and it is still going strong! It is easy to set up and folds away quickly when I want to put it away to save space. I recommend buying a trainer tire because it makes the unit quieter. Without the trainer tire, it is relatively quiet -- even on a reverberating surface like a wood floor. Over the harsh Wisconsin winters, I use training videos to keep my fitness up. I also enjoy watching films with friends while using my Magneto. Portability and ease of use are why I have held onto the trainer for so long. Someday I may upgrade, but I like the simplicity of the Magneto and the price point is hard to beat.
by Beth P from Lake Mills, WI

 
5.0
Apr 06, 2017

Love this trainer

Pros:
Stable, Easy to Install and Use
Cons:
Best Uses:
City Bikes
My son and I use this trainer for winter riding. It's easy to use and we love having the ability to shift and increase resistance that way.
by LittleItalianMama from Hudson MA

 
5.0
Apr 05, 2017

Great value

Pros:
Easy to Install and Use, Adjustable, Durable, Stable, Versatile
Cons:
Best Uses:
City Bikes, Road Bikes
I wish I'd bought this before winter. I got it at the end of winter. I've used it when the weather is bad. It gives me a good workout in a shorter amount of time. Noise level is typical to this type of trainer, but when I'm in the other room, it doesn't bother the family watching tv.
by Jason from KY

 
5.0
Apr 04, 2017

It's nice to be able to ride through the winter

Pros:
Stable, Adjustable, Easy to Install and Use
Cons:
Best Uses:
Road Bikes
It's hard to get out in the winter to ride. Sometimes I run but even that is hard when its cold and sloppy/icy out. I bought the Magneto and it is great!
by Ben likes to run and ride from Tulsa, OK

 
3.0
Jan 16, 2017

Excellent While it Lasted

Pros:
Adjustable, Easy to Install and Use, Versatile, Stable
Cons:
Noisy
Best Uses:
City Bikes, Road Bikes, Mountain Bikes
I had a CyleOps Magneto trainer for about 6 weeks. As time went on it got noisier and noisier. Finally I took it back to the local bike shop where I bought it and upgraded to the Fluid2 with a full credit for the Magneto. The bike shop agreed that something was rattling around badly inside and the noise level was way too high. While I was using the Magneto (and while it was still quiet), I liked the ride, very road like, and the gears adjusted the resistance very well. I originally got the trainer shortly after having knee surgery and needed a way to exercise without putting stress on my knee. The Magneto filled the bill.
by Chris from Old Saybrook, CT

 
3.0
Dec 16, 2016

Okay

Pros:
Cons:
Best Uses:
Okaaaay
by GoGoGadet from Detroit

 
5.0
Jan 28, 2016

Still Going Strong after TEN YEARS

Pros:
Durable, Long-lasting, Stable, Quiet, Easy to Install and Use, Dependable
Cons:
Might Need Skewer
Best Uses:
Indoor Training
I have used my Magneto Trainer for about TEN YEARS in my basement, outdoor porch (after injury stability recovery/training rides), and office for training during inclement weather, winter, and one-foot training. TEN YEARS and it is STILL functioning like the first day I bought it. Seriously awesome heavy duty quality (maybe I should oil it or something?--never ever done any maintenance). It is quieter than wind or other trainers, but inexpensive enough for a graduate student to buy with Christmas money. After ten years, I have not regretted the money I spent on this trainer--nor the choice of trainer--not one bit. I may not have ridden much the first five years, but the past five years, I have put over 4,000 miles on this trainer. IF you use Zwift, with your cell phone and cadence/speed sensor, this trainer will work! No need to get a dongle or a computer-connected trainer!
by Splammo from Lincoln, NE

 
5.0
Nov 03, 2015

High quality product and great customer service

Pros:
Cons:
Best Uses:
I originally ordered the Mag Trainer and there was defect in the resistance weight. The customer service made up for this 110% and sent me the resistance weight that upgraded my trainer to the Magneto. I've used this several times now and love it. It's very sturdy and a high quality piece of equipment. I break a decent sweat with a 45 minute ride. I needed something to help lower my cholesterol and stay in shape during the winter months. It's well worth the investment because I know I will get a solid workout for years to come.
by Billy Ski from Buffalo, NY, USA

 
5.0
Apr 13, 2013

Very VERY Nice!

Pros:
Durable, Stable, Easy to Install and Use
Cons:
Best Uses:
Long Rides, Sprints, Road Bikes
I got this as a Christmas gift and absolutley love it! I miss my bike during winter and this thing is a near perfect substitue. It is very quiet for use indoors and very easy to set up. I use it several times a week for about an hour at a time and haven't had one problem. Also when your done it folds up nice and stores easily.
by Chuck from Buffalo, N.Y.

 
5.0
Sep 29, 2012

AWESOME!!!!!

Pros:
Easy to Install and Use, Adjustable, Versatile, Stable, Durable
Cons:
Best Uses:
Sprints, Long Rides, Road Bikes
I have been using it for about 2 years now and it still works like the day i bought it.
by Gabe from Merrillan, WI

 
5.0
Feb 16, 2011

Love It

Pros:
Durable, Stable, Easy to Install and Use, Adjustable
Cons:
Best Uses:
Road Bikes
This is my first time using a trainer. It was easy to assemble and only took about 15 minutes to set up. Ride is stable and simulates road conditions well.
by Kiki from Indianapolis, IN

 
4.0
Aug 20, 2010

Very close to road conditions

Pros:
Adjustable, Stable, Easy to Install and Use
Cons:
Best Uses:
Road Bikes
I just set up my new Magneto that I am using for training while I recover from a broken collar bone. It is surprisingly realistic. Of course acceleration happens much faster because I am only spinning up the back wheel. Slow down happens much faster as well. I would really like to have a chart that relates wheel speed in mph on the Magneto to watts.
by Bob from Wichita, Kansas

 
5.0
Mar 01, 2010

Just Purchased

Pros:
Versatile, Durable, Easy to Install and Use, Stable, Adjustable
Cons:
Best Uses:
Road Bikes
Just bought and was on in 5 minutes. Spent some time on it with my tri-bike. Going to try with road bike later. I highly recommend. Very stable. Smooth increase in resistance, feels very close to real road.
by dr jrg from Colleyville,Texas