I have both Kurt Kinetic and CycleOps Fluid 2.
Comparing the two
Fly Wheel : Kurt Kinetic is much more robust, heavier, more solid.
Frame : Kurt Kinetic is again built a bit more robust and the locking mechanisms are much better.
Fly Wheel : CycleOps after years began to leak. The machine is built so that you can’t just service the oil inside. Consequently you have to buy a entire new one. I contacted CycleOps and they explained that servicing was not possible. I think this is a complete waste. More junk for the environment to absorb when really replace a seal and some oil and it should be as good as new. Therefore I’m not happy with CycleOps due to this engineered obsalence … I would have even just sent it to them to repair. Oh no buy a new one.
Warm Up : This is a very significant difference between the two. The CycleOps took longer to warm up … generally it took 15min to get to the right level. Once it gets to the right temp you’ll notice a much different resistance. On the other hand, the KK, feels consistent from the beginning through the warm up. I really like this consistency and is a huge reason I prefer it over the CycleOps. This is maybe more subjective but the feel of the ride with KK’s larger heavier flywheel I just think is a lot better. The sounds are insignificant in my opinion… but that is very subjective.
I’ll ride the first 10min of TR cold and then calibrate after 10min and jump back into to work out.
Overall the KK is built better, its flywheel is SO much better, the locking mechanism is actually thought out, their quality is in general much higher. I used a CycleOps for over 10 years and it did its job but just wore out. I know the machine well and hands down I’m much happier with the KK for the reasons above.
My one criticism of the KK is the tension knob is really small considering how much pressure you need to tighten it down. I wish they would put a bigger knob.
I am using the Inride as it just came with the machine and I love it!!. It works perfectly for me and I have the older version. Really nice surprise and so far so good.
Pump up tires to 100psi.
Warm up 10 min. Calibrate on TR.
BOOM it all works consistently and no electronic headaches and it won’t be obsolete in 2 years. Love mine.
Hope this helps.
Ohh and just get a Shimano R500 for a cheap back wheel and you kinda have a quick easy set up!