You don't have to be a regular at the velodrome to get the most out of the RooDol Track Rollers, especially if your workouts are more about spinning the legs rather than looking for the ultimate in resistance. With their portable design and easy setup they are perfect for that pre-race warm-up.
- Pros: Clever, simple design; smooth running
- Cons: Frame can be flexible when the speed increases
We tested the RooDol Compact rollers last year and liked them very much, but this Track version is even better for that warm-up and cool-down before a race.
The Track uses a 90mm roller diameter compared to the 63mm of the Compact, which creates a feeling more realistic to the road. The larger diameter of the Track lowers the rolling resistance making them easier to spin up and keep rolling, ideal when you want to loosen up the legs ready to compete.
The rollers themselves use an aluminium alloy axle which runs smoothly and the main body spins true so you don't get any vibration through them as the speed increases.
The only slight criticism I would say is that they don't have a radius at the ends to keep you upright should you drift towards either edge. I'd say they are aimed more at the competent user than the beginner.
The main selling point of the RooDols is the fact that they are packable and easy to transport to wherever you want to train.
When you open the box you'll find a large bag that houses the frame and rollers. It measures 920mm long, 230mm wide and 150mm deep and weighs 6.57kg so it's quite a small package. (Our photos show the optional yellow eRooDol roller – separate review to come.)
What makes things even easier is the fact that the bag comes with two straps to create a backpack. Ideal when you are carrying a bike and the rest of your kit in your other hand.
The frame is a hinged plastic construction which just folds out to create the full rectangle in a couple of steps. It's quick and easy and takes just a handful of seconds.
You then drop the rollers onto the pins which are angled for the two at the rear to make sure they sit firmly once the weight of the bike and rider is applied.
At the front end you get five positions to align the roller with the centre of the front wheel depending on how long your bike is. You make sure the resistance band is attached around the middle and front roller and you are good to go.
You need to find a level piece of ground for the rollers to run on as they don't have any adjustable legs or anything but it isn't a major concern and if you are on a smooth surface like an indoor concrete floor the rubber feet ensure that the whole setup will grip.
The profile of the RooDols is lower than a lot of rollers as well, so getting started and stopping doesn't take such a huge leap of faith.
When riding with the higher resistance of the Compact rollers I found the frame to be a little flexible for harder efforts, but with the easier spinning of these Track rollers it really isn't an issue until you hit around 50kph which, incidentally, is RooDol's recommended top speed.
Looking at value, the RooDols are towards the top end of the budget. I've tested the Riva Sport Adjustable rollers which are half the price but they had a fair few issues like the rollers not running true and were difficult to setup.
The key thing about the RooDols, though, is their packability, which pretty much sets them apart on their own.
Quick and easy to set up for a training interval or a race warm-up
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Roodol Track Folding Rollers
Size tested: 920 x 230 x 150mm
Tell us what the product is for and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
RooDol says, "RooDol® training system has revolutionized the way of understanding the indoor cycling and it is an ideal system for keeping up an optimal physical state for being able to maximize our physical capacity.
"It is the best complement for the training of circular pedaling as well as allow to perform specific training such as series of sprint, high cadence or strength pedaling which are very complicated to perform on public roads with a lot of traffic or roads are not adapted to your training.
"RooDol® with Patented System has revolutionized the concept of these types of systems. Everything came from the need of a cyclist to warm up before races 'wherever you are' and it allowed to make a training when it was necessary. Its light weight and its ability to fast assembly and disassembly is currently helping to professional cyclists and triathlon champions in their warm-ups and indoor workouts."
If you are a racer of any kind and a user of rollers then these are the ones you want pre-event.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
RooDol TRACK is a training system of three cylinder for the practice of cycling. The TRACK rollers generate greater inertia and less resistance, perfect for toning legs before and after races.
RooDol TRACK pack comprises:
1 RooDol® structure
3 RooDol® TRACK rollers
1 RooDol® TRACK traction belt
1 RooDol® TRACK bag
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
The rollers run smoothly and the whole thing is easy to set up.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Easy setup for training and warming up anywhere.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Frame flex above 50kph.
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
They are pricier than a lot on the market but their portability sets them apart from the others.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your overall score
A classic, simple design with rollers that run very smoothly indeed.
About the tester
I usually ride: This month's test bike My best bike is: B'Twin Ultra CF draped in the latest bling test components
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed
Stu knocked out his first road.cc review back in 2009 and since then he's chucked the best part of seventy test bikes around the West Country, a couple of them quite literally! With three alloy and two steel bikes in his fleet he's definitely a metal man (that'll be the engineering background) but is slowly warming to that modern carbon fibre stuff along with fat tyres & disc brakes.
It's not all nostalgia though, after spending the last few years in product design Stu keeps banging on about how 3D printing is going to be the next big thing and he's a sucker for a beautiful paint job too.