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Hi all I am looking at getting a lemond revolution trainer and am wondering if there is any risk of damage to a carbon frame due to being fixed in place as apposed to a wheel on the road that can move around with force applied.
Any advice on the subject would be appreciated sick of not riding!
I don't have a Lemond but I use my CF roadie on the trainer 2-3 times a week. Only issue I have is trying to do sprint efforts on the trainer causing the skewer to come loose so I no longer do those on the trainer.
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I've used my carbon framed roadie on my KK Road Machine for years and never had a problem. Generally I don't do much sprint work on the trainer though, and I don't have a massive amount of power either. I don't know of anyone who has broken a frame on a trainer.
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I destroyed a carbon frame on a trainer... so it can happen but is pretty rare. Ripped the drop-out out of the rear triangle. I ride rollers now .
But to be honest I wouldn't worry too much.
I would have concerns with the newer trainers which u can generate a lot of watts against, ie the wahoo kickr. Some of the training sessions and videos I ride on it have me in 39x25 and out of the saddle for lengthy periods of time (5 to 60mins)... I have therefore made an alloy framed training bike for this purpose. IMHO it would only be a matter of time before I damaged a rear dropout, or have it pull out of the QR on the trainer.
A friend of mine had their carbon roady pull out of a lemond while out of the saddle, which not only snapped the rear triangle, but caused major damage to the rider as well.
I guess this is why the QR should be checked each time for tightness before use, but a carbon frame can be pulled out of a relatively tight QR if u put enough distractive force thru it...
+1. Almost exactly the same situation. I ride the trainer for cardio, so I'm not thrashing it about. And why do I have a carbon frame on the trainer? Because my LBS had it left over from an insurance claim - in store damage.
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always use the skewer the trainer comes with rather than your normal road skewer on your wheels. I like the BKOOL because of its vale for money compared to the more $$$ trainers. It does not fix like conventional trainers as it has a swinging arm and your body weight pushes bike down on roller/resistor. The online connectivity is a lot of fun to.
Should be no dramas on trainer I used my a lot and I mean a lot for about 18 months barely rode outside during that period but was on bike about 4 times a week for varying lengths and intensities.
I do have the KK Rock n Roll though which moves nicely not locking the frame in - I would also recommend as above to use the skewer that comes with the trainer.
@zill - you won't need to service very often if purely on the trainer things I used to watch were rear tire wearing, bit of gear tuning that is about it, chain stays nice and clean as does the rest of the bike.
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