Lock your bike in, go hard, and don't make a sound? CycleOps' The Silencer Direct Drive Mag Trainer uses whisper-quiet magnets for five levels of resistance, from easy to mega-watt efforts. The wide stance ensures stability even during out-of-the-saddle sprints. With its direct drivetrain, your bike is completely locked in to maximize the secure, road-like feel. Additionally, it saves wear and tear on your rear wheel.
I have wanted a direct-drive trainer for a few years--in fact I had an article about one hanging in my shop to remind me that "someday..." But I had heard that another popular brand was extremely noisy, so I never pulled the trigger. I had already had a Fluid2 and other variable resistant trainers but felt I could never fine a "sweet spot": shifting up created more resistance than I wanted, etc. So I saw and read up on the Silencer and the only negative review I read seemed bitter. So I thought I'd give it a shot. I love it. I do like the mag-resistance so I can dial into what I feel is a road-like feel and shift through the gears and have that fine-adjust ability to exactly what I want/need for a given workout. The only wish that I have for it is an ability to record output data like some of the pricier trainers or have some kind of interface to pre-program a workout. Someday. Here's the best part: I often go upstairs after a workout and ask my wife, "Did you hear the trainer?" And her response is usually, "What trainer?"
Bottom LineYes, I would recommend this to a friend