Minoura Hyper-Rim Trainer

4.78/5 (9 Reviews)

Product Description

  • magnetic system
  • may be used outside because it doesn't need any electric power source

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    Reviews 1 - 9 (9 Reviews Total)

    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Ron a Cross Country Rider from Richmond, VA

    Date Reviewed: January 21, 2005

    Strengths:    I have the RDA 850... rim drive works as advertised. No complaints. Works great with knobby tires because the tire doesn't drive the roller.

    Weaknesses:    Would like a 'heavier' feeling flywheel.

    Bottom Line:   
    I writing this review to share my experience with Minoura customer service...

    My trainer fell off my bed (don't ask why it was on the bed - it isn't important) and some of the key injection molded plastic pieces broke. I'm not disappointed that the parts broke due to the fall - I don't expect that it was designed to take punishment like that.

    I thought I would have to buy a new trainer or at least a new resistance assembly from Minoura.

    I sent Minoura an e-mail inquiring about availability and cost of replacement parts. They asked for my address and sent me a replacement resistance unit at no charge to me (including shipping).

    This is customer support above and beyond the call of duty!

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    Favorite Trail:   Poor Farm

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Purchased At:   forgot

    Similar Products Used:   none

    Bike Setup:   K2 Zed Team

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by John Whelan a Weekend Warrior from Erie, PA, USA

    Date Reviewed: November 24, 2004

    Strengths:    Great fit & finish; overall quality of construction/appearance/packing is excellent

    Weaknesses:    Very "notchy" feel when riding; I used this with an older Nishiki touring bike w/ the old biopace middle chainring - and you feel it almost stop at the top of the pedal stroke - possibly needs a bigger inertial flywheel

    Bottom Line:   
    Overall a well put-together piece; but a 'notchy' feel to it when riding; likely needs a bigger flywheel; this product may work better with larger/heavier wheel & tire combinations, like those on some mountain bikes.

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    Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

    Price Paid:    $190.00

    Purchased At:   Bike Nashbar

    Similar Products Used:   None

    Bike Setup:   Road/touring; triple front chainring; 5 spd rear

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Ryan Sueyoshi a Weekend Warrior from Honolulu, HI, USA

    Date Reviewed: October 6, 2004

    Strengths:    Easily assembled using instructions in the box. Adjusting the rollers to the rim wasn't too bad but requires getting down to ground level to see how the rollers line up with the rim. After adjusting the rollers, getting the bike in and out was easy. Recommend using their skewer, stronger than the plastic caps I have.

    Spinning on the middle chainring of a triple, I could feel the differences between the tension settings. Using the small chainring, I couldn't feel any difference from Low to High settings. The Manual says not to exceed 35 MPH, noted that even at 22 MPH for 10 minutes, the magnetic flywheel housing was very warm. Assume the unit will eventually fail from heat stress if used at high speed constantly. Otherwise very smooth out of the box.

    Gives a weekend rider like me incentive to ride more in the evening during the week.

    Weaknesses:    Instructions may not be illustrative enough for the average user. If you're mechanically inclined - no problem. Alignment of the rollers is simple but required me to remove my glasses and get down to ground level to center the rollers on the road rims.

    Did not come with the 12 page manual but was easy to find on the Minuora web page and easy to download and print. Instructions provided were easy to intrepret but I do a lot of my own work and am familiar with how this kind of trainer is supposed to go together.

    Bottom Line:   
    So far, well worth the money. BikeNashbar sent the unit via US mail and it arrived about a week later with no damage. Very quiet, with little vibration from the rollers. Compact and folds easy. Good for a very crowded apartment, very quiet and vibration-free.

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    Favorite Trail:   Kal Highway or Pearl Harbor Bike way

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $150.00

    Purchased At:   Bike Nashbar

    Similar Products Used:   Traveler II Mag trainer, Blackburn Trainer

    Bike Setup:   Mongoose Crossway 850, 700C wheels, 7-speed, 12-30T rear, Shimano 105 triple front, 105 deraileurs front and rear

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Bille Gallagher a Cross Country Rider from Alberta Canada

    Date Reviewed: January 19, 2004

    Strengths:    -aluminium frame is very stiff
    -the resistance is strong, smooth and consistent
    -simple set up
    -very quiet
    -nice welds on frame, eye watering good looks
    -works well on both XC Mountain and Roadie Bike

    Weaknesses:    -required a break in before really smooth operation
    -remote required minor adjustment at first

    Bottom Line:   
    This is a beautiful trainer with excellent resistance and a very smooth mag unit. The remote is a bit stiff but has worked in. In conjunction with the bikes gears, it allows a larger variety of resistance levels. The remote also allows you to back off the resistance before trying to change gears under load - nice.
    The extra few bucks for the top of the line are worth it! Open up your wallet and say AHHHHHHHHH!

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    Favorite Trail:   the one I haven't ridden

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $159.00

    Purchased At:   eBay

    Similar Products Used:   tacx - tire drive

    Bike Setup:   Rocky Mountain Instinct
    Bianchi Roadie

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Guy Incognito a Weekend Warrior from Canada, baby!

    Date Reviewed: May 3, 2003

    Strengths:    Rim design is a true tire-saver. Smooth action Solid Construction. Extremely quiet. Felt better than any other mag trainer that I tested in the stores. Folds up for easy storage. Super easy to use, etc, etc

    Weaknesses:    A tad expensive, but you get what you pay for...so I guess it's not much of a weakness

    Bottom Line:   
    The bottom line is that this is the best mag trainer you canbuy. Don't waste money on the lower-end models, which are flimsy, wear out your tires, and are not AT ALL smooth. This thing is so solidly built, you can abuse it all you want, and it won't ever feel like it's rattling, like some of the other trainers I've seen. Very happy with it...money well spent!

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    Favorite Trail:   Waterdown, Ont

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Similar Products Used:   CycleOps, a bunch of lower-end models :-S

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Paul Jensen a Cross Country Rider from Jamestown, ND USA

    Date Reviewed: March 2, 2003

    Strengths:    Great design, sturdy frame, high quality Mag resistance unit, Excellent rim to Mag belt drive!, uses a strong V belt, Quiet operation, Great resistance range, no slipage.

    Weaknesses:    Could improve on package container, Mag resistor cover had popped off, wasn't broken, Remote resistance control is stiff to operateyet fine.

    Bottom Line:   
    Great Unit!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I used these reviews to make my selection and am VERY pleased. Unit sets up quick, stores easily, provides a great workout, price on E-bay was very good, Very nice V belt drive, strong unit, easily adjusts to bike, instructions not clear on Q/R hub use and cone removal or leave on, Being a Mechanical Engineer I judge this unit as TOP QUALITY. Buy one! You'll be very pleased. I especially like compact size for storage, not much bigger than a bowling ball bag. GREAT UNIT!!!! Thanks Minoura!

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    Favorite Trail:   Maah Daah Hey

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $197.00

    Purchased At:   E-Bay, City Stop

    Similar Products Used:   None

    Bike Setup:   Specialized Expedition Sport, Specialized Armadillo tires

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Craig a Racer from Terre Haute

    Date Reviewed: December 26, 2002

    Strengths:    Durable / Fire and Forget

    Weaknesses:    None

    Bottom Line:   
    Buy this one, you do not have to change tire to use because it has rim rollers for resistance. Road or mtn this one works.

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    Favorite Trail:   Linton Trails

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $170.00

    Purchased At:   Fat Bikes !!

    Bike Setup:   Cannondale SuperV

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Sandeep a Weekend Warrior from Chicago, IL, USA

    Date Reviewed: July 22, 2002

    Strengths:    Sturdy. Not too loud. More than enough resistance. Self-servicable parts. Resistance via rim, not tire. Can be used as an adequate wheel truing stand with some imagination!

    Weaknesses:    Not as quiet as I'd prefer. Rim resistance rollers get dimpled if left on rim after use (not permanent). The resistance module gets pretty hot.

    Bottom Line:   
    As far as I'm aware, this is the only trainer (in addition to the lower model Inter-Rim Ergo) with which one can use knobby ATB tires (without ripping them apart). Since this model was only $10 more than the lesser model, it was a no brainer decision. I concur with everything stated by the previous poster (Chris). Forego the model with the remote; you will have enough range of resistance with a multi-speed bike while saving $20. The only problems that I have with this trainer are fairly minor:

    1) If you leave the rubber rim rollers on the wheel after a workout, they will flatten out where they meet the rim. Thus, your next ride will be bumpy for a few minutes until the rollers soften up and regain their round shape. A fairly annoying problem if you're not in the habit of releasing the rollers after the workout (I'm usually thinking about some water and the shower, not rollers). Nothing to discourage you from the purchase...just realize that it's not broken.

    2) The resistance unit (not the rollers, but the unit with the belt, gears, etc.) gets pretty hot. Hot enough to hurt your flesh. It just makes me wonder at the longevity of this product, since many components in the unit are rubber and plastic. Thankfully, they all seem to be servicable by the user (if you can get the appropriate replacement parts from Minoura). No problems yet.

    3) The max "speed" stated in the manual is either 25 or 30 MPH. I'm not sure what the limit is for other trainers, but I've gotten carried away and maxed out at times. but to be fair, it wasn't at the highest level of resistance of the unit.

    Overall, it's a very good product (and really the only one if you intend to use knobby tires).

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $155.00

    Purchased At:   cycletechinc.com

    Bike Setup:   Fuji folding bike w/ 26" wheels; Cannondale Road Warrior 800.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Chris a Cross Country Rider from Vacaville CA

    Date Reviewed: March 21, 2002

    Strengths:    This trainer is awesome. Very quiet. Easy to set up. Doesn't tear up the tire.

    Weaknesses:    Remote doesn't really change the resistance

    Bottom Line:   
    For those who have tried the Minoura Egro trainers and complain about not enough resistance....try the Hyper-Rim. It's a step up from the Egro, and will burn your legs up. Resistance is changed a lot more by the gears on your bike than the remote on the trainer.

    This thing is awesome. No slipping at all. In fact I even rode with a bent rim and the springs on the resistance wheels allowed the trainer to stay on the rim.

    Very quiet. Great for apts.

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    Favorite Trail:   Rockville

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $169.00

    Purchased At:   Nashbar

    Similar Products Used:   none, first trainer

    Bike Setup:   2001 Cannondale Jekyll

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