After dominating the Magnetic Turbo trainer market in the 80's and 90's, Minoura is back with the LiveRide series of trainers with the revolutionary Neodymium magnet design. Neodymium may sound new to you, but it has been in use by Toyota for some time and serves as a major component in all of their Hybrid car designs. These magnets are considered rare earth magnets that are permanent. Meaning, they will not fade or lose strength over time. Simply put, they are super magnets. And thanks to Toyota, Minoura gets modern magnet technology from a major world company that would have been impossible to acquire on their own.
The Neodymium super magnet offers what previous magnets could not: resistance under heavy load. Older mag trainers using Ferrite magnets could be over powered on their hardest settings. The Neodymium now can be adjusted from easy to impossible. You can now experience what the pros prefer. Smooth and consistent power that has adjustable tension/resistance. Over the past decade, fluid based trainers have been very popular but suffer a fatal flaw. They is no adjustability of the resistance level. The harder you pedal the more resistance build up and that's it. There is no way to adjust or meter the relationship of power and resistance. With Minoura's Stair-Step Neodymium magnets you can have any workout you desire. You also get the most realistic experience with these trainers - hence the term LiveRide trainers.
Minoura's Live Training apps and accessories are available for purchase and feature Smartphone interconnectivity to the trainer. You most likely own the most powerful cycling computer you can buy today - your Smartphone. Minoura merges the Smartphone with the trainer via software applications for indoor cycling nirvana. You will be able to download courses, track your workouts and set goals. Upload to Strava to compare your training data, link to virtually all social media outlets and much more.
The LR340 trainer you see here is the least expensive way to get into a Neodymium LiveRide trainer. It is perfect for the budget minded cyclist or for a travel and warm-up-before-the-race trainer. The frame is constructed of heavy duty steel and with robust welds. The magnet mount is securely attached and easy to adjust. Quick release tension mount clips directly on to your handle bar and has a large knob to adjust resistance. Summary: Fantastic trainer with superior magnet technology which offers the most realistic ride quality for the best workouts. Sturdy construction and Live Training accessories actually make training inside enjoyable.