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(based on 5 ratings)
Brand: BLACKBURN
Located in: Indoor Training, Indoor Cycling Trainers, Resistance Trainers
Travel the open road without ever leaving your home with the Blackburn TrakStand Ultra bicycle trainer.
Review Snapshot®
Avg. Customer Rating:
 
2.6 stars
(based on 5 reviews)
25% of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:

Pros:
Adjustable(3), Easy to install and use(3), Stable(4)
Best Uses:
Road bikes(3)
 
Blackburn TrakStand Ultra Trainer
By MitchVerified Reviewer from Chicago, IL on 4/5/2009
Pros:
Adjustable, Durable, Easy to Install and Use, Stable, Versatile
Best Uses:
Road Bikes
Describe Yourself:
Avid Cyclist
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about BLACKBURN Blackburn TrakStand Ultra Trainer:

I had problems with the Blackburn unit out of the box. A check with the discussion boards showed that my problems with the Blackburn trainer were common without a good fix available. Lubing the internals of the Resistance Unit (RU) helped only a little. On the Blackburn trainer one of the bolts that attach the RU to the base unit also holds on the plastic protection shroud. So attached my Blackburn RU to the base support arms with the standard bolts and the shroud removed. All of the RU problems disappeared. The height adjustable front legs also shifted if I did a lot of standing while pedaling. I filled in gap in the front leg with some nylon ties and no more shifting occurred. The unit folds easily and is easier to transport that my fluid trainer. The resistance with the RU varies according to speed and pedal pressure and therefore is more realistic than my fluid trainer.

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
Decent trainer
By thesonicsonVerified Reviewer from Durham, NC on 3/2/2009
Pros:
Adjustable, Easy to Install and Use
Cons:
Depends on owner
Best Uses:
Road Bikes, Training
Describe Yourself:
Avid Cyclist
Bottom Line:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Comments about BLACKBURN Blackburn TrakStand Ultra Trainer:

Picked up this trainer on sale, and wouldn't be happy if I didn't. If you don't ride a trainer with training dvd's than this trainer is for you. The resistance varies on its own for some reason. Which simulates road conditions very well. But if you train with spinervals, this trainer will screw everything up!

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
Not a fan of blackburn trakstand ultra
By Triathlon nut from Saint Paul, Minnesota on 2/16/2009
Pros:
Stable
Describe Yourself:
Competitive Cyclist
Bottom Line:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Comments about BLACKBURN Blackburn TrakStand Ultra Trainer:

So, I have both a Kinetic trainer and this Blackburn Trakstand Ultra model I got as a gift last Christmas so that both my wife and I could ride while the Minnesota winter killed our outdoor season. Initially, I thought she was just out of shape when we tried to do a Spinervals DVD together last week as she could barely turn her Big Chain ring while riding the Blackburn, even in the easiest cog of the cassette. I found out why today, this sucker is very tough to turn with a big gear making interval training and certainly Spinervals nearly incompatible with this unit. By no means an elite rider, but in most 40k TTs I'm around 22mph average, I found to keep an RPM above 85 in the 21 cog was nearly impossible for more than a minute while using the Blackburn. I hoped that the resistance bearings were misplaced in the wrong setting but I confirmed the inner ring, "Standard Resistance" setting to my dismay.

If you are interested in getting stronger on your own terms this would probably be a good enough trainer, but if you like to use Spinervals or similar training tools where the Gear ratio or RPMs are given to you, it is too frustrating to adjust to this trainer. Normally, on my Kinetic trainer for an hour training DVD, my average speed will be around 17-18mph accounting for work/rest sets and I'd be able to get my RPMs on spinning sets over 130RPM regularly and groove around 85-95RPM on the longer TT efforts. Over a 40 minute workout tonight, due to the lower RPMs(despite much more exertion) my average speed was only 12mph for a tempo/time trial workout and my RPMs were only around 65-80 depending on if I was in the 23,21 or 19 gearing. UGH. I'd recommend the Kinetic over this model every day of the week and will probably try to return/sell this Blackburn in order to get another Kinetic. On the upside, once you're used to using the crank arm to fasten your bike in, the Blackburn is a little easier to manage. But once on the bike this advantage is gone.

[6 of 8 customers found this review helpful]

 
I would not buy again
By ToddVerified Reviewer from Charlotte,, NC on 4/12/2008
Pros:
Adjustable, Stable
Cons:
Not for intervals
Describe Yourself:
Competitive Cyclist
Bottom Line:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Comments about BLACKBURN Blackburn TrakStand Ultra Trainer:

I tried to do intervals on the trainer and all of a sudden the tension gets harder then it gets easier making interval training with a certain power range impossible.

[15 of 15 customers found this review helpful]

 
Good Feel for a Trainer
By John the Roadie from Louisville, KY on 11/21/2006
Pros:
Durable, Easy to Install and Use, Stable
Cons:
Cumbersome to Adjust
Best Uses:
City Bikes, Long Rides, Mountain Bikes, Road Bikes, Sprints

Comments about BLACKBURN Blackburn TrakStand Ultra Trainer:

The product touts three adjustments. To adjust the product, one much disassemble the flywheel unit and move or add resistance ball bearings. This change is not hard but it is anoying! In household with two or more users, this a problem when one rider is much stronger than the others. The first two resistance settings are pretty close while the highest setting appears to add a significant increase in resistance. On the positive side, it has a great feel and to be able to allow the bike to coast occasionally is very nice. The flywheel is large and does not appear to get overly hot as some smaller units do.

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