If memory serves, the issues was a design flaw that was difficult to fix. The newer models solved it and are a good trainer. Here's an explanation of what's going on from some website:<br><br>
First, the fluid units: While the premise behind the Kurt and CycleOps is very similar, their internal construction is quite different. The CycleOps depends on a thru-shaft that is sealed by an O-ring that keeps the fluid in its reservoir. As the rear unit heats up, friction increases; this can allow any imperfection in balance between the flywheel and the shaft to increase the wear on the O-ring seal. Eventually, the wear could cause the O-ring to wear out and the fluid unit to leak and fail. When this happens is dependent on the speed the rider uses the trainer at and the number of miles it receives – the average will probably be somewhere in the 5000 mile range (3-5 years for a rider who rides the unit regularly). While CycleOps has improved the tolerances and their quality, this is still a potential weak link in their design.
Thanks guys. That's really helpful. Wish I could afford the Kurt Kinetic, but it's not in the budget. I think I will try to upgrade my search to the Cycle ops fluid 2, and look for low hours on a used one.<br><br>
Thanks again! I'm hoping to finally have a trainer in a week or so. Whoo hoo!
I had friends that had problems with the Fluid (not the Fluid-2) leaking. I think it was a design flaw. Don't get it on your carpet, you'll never get it out!<br><br>
That's all I've got - I don't have a solution - sorry.
I've had a Cyclops fluid 2 for about 5 years. It has >10,000 miles on it and it hasn't leaked a drop, ever. Believe me, I have beat the crap outa that thing, including riding back to back to back 5 hour days during the hurricanes.<br><br>
But, just think...<br>
if you ran IN the hurricane....you'd have one hell of a tailwind....<br>
at least you would for half the time. <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
That's what I'm finding out, that the fluid 2 doesn't have the same problems with leaking that the original model has. Wish they were the same price! <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> That's good to know, if I do find a deal on one, definitely take it!
Does it not have a lifetime warranty?<img alt="confused.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/confused.gif"><br><br>
If you contact the mfg, you may be able to upgrade the resistance unit.<br><br>
I have the Fluid 2, and they replaced the resistance unit FOC. It was defective and it spun out of true, causing annoying vibration.
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