Full Review of the Minoura Magteqs Twin Turbo Trainer Let’s face it, Minoura are known for their high quality trainers, and the Minoura Magteqs Twin has just been added to their product range. It evolved from the V-270 after professionals asked for more resistance. At 640 watts, this trainer gives 40% more power than its […]
Full Review of the Minoura Magteqs Twin Turbo Trainer
Let’s face it, Minoura are known for their high quality trainers, and the Minoura Magteqs Twin has just been added to their product range. It evolved from the V-270 after professionals asked for more resistance. At 640 watts, this trainer gives 40% more power than its predecessor. The added power makes it ideal for professional riders alike, but the 13 resistance steps also makes it useable for the average rider looking for a good workout session.
- SKU: 400-4950-00
- Power adjustability: 13 levels with a shifter
- Flywheel: 2 kilograms (actual), 2.7 kilograms (virtual). Machined steel
- Dimensions: W 680 x D 530 x H 400 mm
- Useable tire size: 24in-700 x 40c(ETRTO 42-622). Max tire outer diameter 704mm. Wheel Hub Width 120-145mm
- Net weight: 8.9 kilograms
- Max load: 120 kilograms including bike
- Comes with Instructions manual, Special quick release skewer, Small wheel adaptor
- Warranty: 1 year mag unit; 5 years frame.
Features of the Minoura Magteqs Twin Trainer
Not only does the Minoura Magteqs Twin give at least 40% more power than other trainers in the V-Series range, it also delivers improved stability and noise control. The use of Advanced Magnetic Technology resistance (AMT) and smaller tubes makes it one of the quietest trainers on the market. It has a wider frame for improved stability and folds for easy transport and storage. The trainer has smooth transition between the 13 power settings, allowing it for use by riders of varying abilities. Features like a urethane coated lever and clamp band for improved grip show the high level of design quality which is a trademark of Minoura products. The magnetic resistance unit weighs 2 kilograms but gives the same performance as a 2.7 kilogram model, due to more weight being put on the outside of the flywheel. It’s easy to set up using the quick release hub clamping system: just secure the bike then adjust resistance with the quick release pedal.
The quick release design can only be used with the supplied skewer. You need to replace the skewer on your bike with it each time you use the trainer. It also won’t work with a standard hub nut fitting. The flywheel and rotor get very hot and shouldn’t be touched for 15mins after your workout. In addition to this, this trainer can’t be used with Watt Master or any internal transmission bike. It’s a manual trainer, meaning there are no programs or software that may appeal to the more technically minded cyclist. The price could also be considered a drawback for some as this is expensive compared to other turbo trainers, but if you are a strong cyclist looking for a machine that will push you harder and further, then this would be a good long-term investment.
The biggest advantage of the Minoura Magteqs Twin is the level of resistance. It is designed for the powerful rider, who will find it easier to work on their strength and fitness without undue strain on the trainer. The quick set up makes it good for short training sessions. The low noise makes longer sessions a lot more tolerable, especially if you are using it at home.
Let’s face it, this is a well designed and manufactured piece of equipment. It is better suited to strong riders who will get the full benefit of the added resistance through regular use, than weekend riders who only use a turbo trainer occasionally. The Minoura Magteqs Twin is expensive compared to similar trainers, but you do ultimately get what you pay for.