A Look at CycleOps Magnus Smart Indoor Bike Trainer

CycleOps introduced another trainer to their line of smart indoor bike trainers, the Magnus. The Magnus is a back wheel trainer which mean you don’t need to remove the rear wheel to attach your bike to the trainer.

The Magnus serves a crowd the wants a smart trainer but don’t want to spend the money on a high end indoor smart trainer. It’s priced around $599 which is a long the line with the Wahoo Snap and about $500 less than their high end smart trainer the CycleOps Hammer.


The Magnus generate resistance from its electro magnetic resistant unit. It can generate up to 1,500 watts. That’s more than most of us will ever need.

The trainer is equipped with dual ANT+ FE-C and Bluetooth 4.0 technologies, allowing any cyclist to connect to their favorite virtual training software program, such as CycleOps VirtualTraining, Zwift or Trainer Road.

The Magnus also comes with CycleOps patented clutch knob that gives you the perfect roller to tire tension during each ride. This is crucial to generate consistent virtual power which the Magnus seems to do very well.

The trainer is also capable of receiving firmware updates wirelessly via Bluetooth.

The unit has a 2.6lbs flywheel and compatible with 120mm – 142mm axle.


The CycleOps Magnus requires you to connect to power to operate as as smart trainer. If you don’t connect it to power, it will operate as a regular fluid trainer.

Here is a short video by CycleOps on the trainer.

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