CycleOps Fluid 2 Trainer

We’ve read the reviews across the web for the CycleOps Fluid 2 Trainer and summarize the results below:

Universal Ranking

PeakScore: 87 (out of 100)
User Rating: 4.3 stars 
Expert Rating: 4.4 stars

Number of Ratings Reviewed: 373

Pros & Cons

Reasons to buy:

User Reviews

  • Quiet when using and doesn’t make extra noises.
  • Easy and quick to set up for convenience.
  • Portable and transports easily since it folds to a small size.
  • Many reports of being easy to install and use.
  • Many reports of being both stable and durable.

Expert Reviews

  • The resistance roller maximizes the contact area of the tire, minimizing the chance of slipping.
  • Progressive resistance lets you have a different feel than you would with magnetic or wind trainers, and you don’t have to adjust with a knob.
  • The precision-balanced flywheel increases the road-like feel.
  • The resistance stays consistent during long-duration rides.
  • It provides progressive resistance that you might find on the road.

Reasons NOT to buy:

User Reviews

  • Slightly wobbly if not set up on a very flat surface.
  • The lighter flywheel decreases some of the road-feel.
  • Need to change the tire on your bike to use with the trainer.

Expert Reviews

  • More expensive than other trainers on the market.
  • You have to assemble it yourself.
  • A little noisy when you get up to very high resistance.
  • The out of the saddle spinning doesn’t feel the best or like a road bike.
  • Doesn’t provide any power data.


The CycleOps Fluid 2 Trainer is a consistent, easy to use, and portable indoor option that is well-suited for colder months. This trainer is good for those who want a quiet, progressive-resistance, and convenient choice. Despite being expensive and lacking some technology, like power data output, this trainer is a good choice for those who want a functional and easy to set option.


Note: User and expert rankings were reviewed across the web. Some expert reviews include these: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.