- The Blackburn Tech Mag 6 Trainer provides a wide range of magnetic resistance levels (up to 6).
- It comes with a handlebar resistance adjuster or remote that attached to a tension cable that is at least 6 feet in length.
- This indoor trainer has a tubular steel frame. It does not require a track block, since it has four independently adjustable legs.
- Blackburn swears by the Mag 6’s unrivaled stiffness and stability, as it is constructed with a wide footprint that allows bikes to be placed lower and nearer to the ground. This provides about 10% more stability than other trainers.
Dimensions, Assembly, and Storage
- The Blackburn Tech Mag 6 Trainer measures 28 inches by 22.5 inches by 8 inches (Width x Height x Diameter).
- It is approximately 13.5 pounds upon arrival.
- The Mag 6 accommodates most road and mountain bikes.
- The FastCrank™ mounting system makes attaching and removing the bike speedy and easy. This also prevents over-tightening.
- The package comes with a steel, quick-release skewer.
- The unit can be folded and conveniently stored.
There is much to like about the Blackburn Tech Mag 6 Trainer, especially that its advantages definitely outweigh its shortcomings. Here’s what really stands out for me:
Unmatched Stability and Stiffness
Aside from the frame itself feeling quite solid, what contributes most to its stability is the design. I don’t want to go into much mathematical detail because either I’d bore you to death, or I’d be talking jargon. Simply put, it does makes perfect sense to keep the bike closer to the ground and for the frame to have a bigger footprint, to achieve more stability. This simple fact, is what sets the Mag 6 apart from the competition.
Six Resistance Settings and Remote
When Blackburn said that the Tech Mag 6 Trainer had 6 resistance settings, they weren’t kidding. While other users/trainers would cry out “Zero resistance!” on other magnetic trainers, the Tech Mag 6 follows through on its six-settings promise. Don’t expect that you would immediately hit a level 3 resistance as you start, though. The difference in resistance levels would be more felt with interval-based training, made possible only with a handy remote that can be mounted on your handlebars. Unlike other magnetic resistance trainers, the resistance does not fade out as your speed increases, or as the magnets get hot.
Smooth Tires for Less Noise
If the wheels on your bike are knobby, then get ready to crank up your music player. The chance of the unit producing louder, whirring sounds is higher than that of bikes with smooth wheels.
I went ahead and checked out the product manual directly from the Blackburn site, and found the root cause as to why a lot of new users have some difficulty assembling the Mag 6. It’s no wonder people resort to YouTube instead of relying on the provided instructions, since they are a bit hard to follow (both in pictures and words).
The Blackburn Tech Mag 6 Trainer is the result of the data gathered from benchmark studies comparing 15 trainers. Killer features such as a FastCrank™ mounting system, a steel frame with adjustable height, and a bar-mounted remote to adjust resistance to up to 6 levels, complete this high-performance must-have for athletes and cycling enthusiasts.