First Glance: LeMond Fitness’ Remarkable New Revolution Trainer

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If you live in a climate like Seattle’s during the winter, you have to have a trainer. It will keep you dry, in shape, and most of all sane. Especially if it’s the new LeMond Fitness trainer, the Revolution.

Team Garmin-Transitions likes it, and that’s saying something. It means Tyler Farrar, the Wenatchee world-class sprint icon, will use it. So will David Millar, Christian Vande Velde, Ryder Hesjedal, Robbie Hunter and Julian Dean — the guys you saw vying for the stage winners’ podium in the Tour de France (before injury forced some of them out).

The Legend on his new trainer.

You mount your bike on the Revolution in place of your rear wheel, so it’s a snap to get going. We haven’t tested it so we’re going on spec, but some things we like about the Revolution:

You can use your own bike.

It emulates wind resistance for a more progressive pedal-through.

It’s really stable — you don’t feel like you’re going to tip the thing over when you put down the hammer.

It can go on both road and mountain bikes.

Its wireless power meter gives you all the right info (watts, cadence, distance, speed, heart rate and calories), and has USB downloadability for your long-term record-keeping.

It’s easy to store: 2 feet long, a foot high, 22 inches wide. Weight: 35 pounds.

Dude it’s the bomb. Specs here. The Legend Himself talks about the Revolution.

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3 thoughts on “First Glance: LeMond Fitness’ Remarkable New Revolution Trainer”

  1. Shill! “We’ve never seen, ridden, tried one, but we love it.” Come-on, what sort of kick back are you getting?

  2. Gary you’re being pretty harsh. I’m being up front when I say I haven’t seen it in order to enable readers to evaluate my comments for what they are. I said I’m going off spec. But when you’ve been in the game as long as I have you can judge some things from spec and the LeMond Fitness Revolution looks good. No kickbacks either dude, but if you know where I can get some please send ’em along.

  3. Sorry to be so harsh, but really, let me try to write what I would have liked to see you write about a product announcement.

    “It emulates wind resistance for a more progressive pedal-through.” by driving a fan via a belt. These belt fans have been used for years on Ketler Rollers with good results.

    Unlike rollers which require you to pay attention and balance because the rear wheel is locked into lace, “It’s really stable — you don’t feel like you’re going to tip the thing over when you put down the hammer. I have used trainers with the rear triangle supports and this one because it has a wider stance of N inches should be more stable.

    It’s easy to store: 2 feet long, a foot high, 22 inches wide. Weight: 35 pounds., because it folds up, (BTW, a 2×2 ft square is not easy for me to store, it’s too wide for my closet. Have you measured your’s?)

    You can skip buying a power hub and use “Its wireless power meter gives you all the right info (watts, cadence, distance, speed, heart rate and calories), and has USB downloadability for your long-term record-keeping.”

    The suggested price point at $ seems reasonable given what a good set of rollers at bikeWorlds.. for $, or a crappy rear wheel stand at $. But with this setup you’ll get a power hub saving you $$$.

    Editing, it’s what newspapers used to have and blogs have never had.

    Sorry to dump on you, but if you are going to evaluate a product you need to give details, why you like it, specs, like why it’s better, cost..why I should think it is a reasonable value. Cons: Still runs your outside bike chain which will drip/throw dirt grease unless you clean it and lube it with a dry wax lube. And even then you may find bits of wax in the carpet.

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