Testimonial from Customer: R. Rakowitz

Hands down the Cascade Bike Trainer FluidPro Power is the perfect balance of value and performance.”

I was curious about this head-to-head test, as I planned on using a trainer wheel with the right tire and leaving the Power Tap ready to roll outside. After running through a 60-minute workout the spread between the units was +/- 5w. This is incredible for a trainer with power for the price point.

Review of Cascade Bike Trainers FluidPro Power

Training indoors isn’t always easy – it takes a lot of discipline on the part of the cyclist, and also requires a lot in a trainer. Climate change and a work-family life balance can also force you inside a lot – which is what I found myself doing in the lead-up to the NYS ITT Championship and the Maccabi Games in Israel for 2013. My goal has been to really focus on higher end power and making sure that I am comfortable on the TT bike.  While spin classes are good for group suffering when you’re forced indoors, they don’t satisfy those two needs. Luckily enough for me, the guys at Cascade Bike Trainers were able to spot us a handful of trainers for the team AND a FluidPro Power, which was great for my rainy day training and pre-race warm-ups.

Unboxing / Set-up:

The FluidPro Power ships 90% assembled; the only thing you are required to do is set up the power meter and fine-tune the cam-lock system. Setting up the power head-unit was super-easy.

The nice thing is that the folks at Cascade designed the FluidPro Power to be accessible; the head-unit is so straight forward it makes a Garmin look technical and a Joule look like it’s for someone with a NASA degree.

Four simple fields:

1) Watts

2) Speed

3) HR

4) Elapsed time

Simple and no fuss…and trust me, when time is short before a workout or while warming up for a race…that’s exactly the kind of efficiency you need and want.

Pairing the unit was easy, and the unit attaches via a locking mechanism that pairs easily with most standard road or mountain bars. If you’re using aero bars for a TT or tri bike, you may want to add on a computer bar mount, if you don’t have one already.

Performance:

Getting the bike in the trainer is really easy and the unique lever system makes locking in the bike really easy.

The Cascade FluidPro and FluidPro Power boast a 7lb flywheel, which is heavier than most competitors. The upside is that the road feel is very close to reality and there is some ability to coast.

Noise levels were really quite low, and I was impressed by that, as I cranked above 370w – I was able to churn away without complaints from family or neighbors.

Now came the wattage comparison – the FluidPro Power readings versus the Power Tap/Garmin combination. I was curious about this head-to-head test, as I planned on using a trainer wheel with the right tire and leaving the Power Tap ready to roll outside. After running through a 60-minute workout the spread between the units was +/- 5w. This is incredible for a trainer with power for the price point. The guys at Cascade have nailed it.

Portability

Transporting the Cascade is easy – the legs swing freely, and it folds down flatter than a CycleOps. The only downside I could see here is weight, but then again it could be more of my lack of upper body work playing out here. A trainer bag could help with this.

Comparison

For me, indoor training on my bikes is a must – I have sensitive fit issues and an ERG or indoor bike tend to aggravate muscle imbalances for me. I’ve ridden / owned Minoura Mag Trainers and CycleOps Wind Trainers and a CycleOps indoor bike – all of these have had set backs; not fitting the right way, unrealistic road feel, noise levels, etc. Hands down the Cascade Bike Trainer FluidPro Power is the perfect balance of value and performance. I was psyched to see that such a great company agreed to back our team.