Bell Motivator Indoor Bicycle Trainer Review

Bell Motivator Indoor Bike Trainer

For those who dislike storing their bicycle when the weather is against them riding it, Bell Sports made an indoor bicycle trainer that can allow you to stay fit as you ride your bike inside the quarters of your own home. It has a quiet, smooth magnetic resistance that keeps things quiet and increases the gain speed, making this device apartment friendly as well. It has a sturdy construction as well as double adjustment centers which will give you a steady ‘ride.’ You can even use this device to kill some time riding your bike as you watch your favorite shows. Once you’re done with the training session, the bike can be quickly detached from the trainer, and you can go on a ride outside (if the weather permits it). Overall, the dimensions are 8.5 x 22.11 x 20.6 inches with a weight of 20 pounds.

Pros:

  • Smooth magnetic resistance with single-adjustment
  • The progressive resistance increases automatically with the speed
  • Double adjustments around the wheel that keep the bike steady
  • Sturdy frame
  • Comes fully assembled

Cons:

  • Poor resistance
  • Fitting the bike may take a little time getting used to
  • It will sound very loud if you use traditional mountain bike tires
Bell Motivator Indoor Bike Trainer
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Value4.5
Design4
Durability4.5
Ease of Use3.5
The Verdict
First off, the instruction manual for this bike trainer is rather vague. It did have a couple of pictograms that gave us an idea on how to install it, but most of the time we had to go by what our gut was telling us. We figured it out in the end (you didn’t need an extra axle), and we’ve since managed to get some good exercise with it. It’s pretty difficult to move the bike around if you don’t detach it (otherwise, you’d have to go through the whole installing process again), which can be a pain, but it’s manageable. We also think that it depends on how heavy your bike is.

One of the problems you’ll have to learn how to deal with is the noise it makes. The trainer does pretty much everything you expect from it, it keeps the bike stable (even as you try to ride standing up), it has a sturdy frame that doesn’t move around… but it is VERY loud. However, we learned that the noise thing could be turned down if you use bald tires instead of traditional mountain bike ones. The noise may not be a problem if you live in a house, but if you reside in an apartment, you will end up being the number one enemy of your neighbors.

Overall, we believe that this trainer will provide decent support for your bike, and we liked that it stays stable even at high speed. The only issue that might need some fixing is the noise that it makes.

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