Whether you’re a novice or a pro, trainers are common practice. For weekend riders you may look at a simple fluid/mag trainer to get an hour or two in, and for the pro/club rider you may go for integrated power and route tracking. Either way, Elite has a machine for any level of rider, from rollers to direct drive systems. Get set up past the break…
Elite’s Drivo offers a direct drive system providing quiet resistance. It has the ability to measure power 24 times per revolution with about 1% degree of error. A 6 kg wheel is held within the body and uses magnetic resistance. It’s ANT+/Bluetooth compatible and gives devices speed, cadence, and power data. It will also adjust difficulty to a pre-set route. It has a max climbing grade of 22%, and a large support leg that folds up for easy storage. The rear axle design can hook up to any Shimano/Sram 9, 10, or 11 speed cassette, and a Campy friendly freehub body is available. It’s also compatible with 142 x 12 mm thru axles, and is priced at $1,360.
The Rampa uses a magnetic resistance system that’s controlled electronically. A robust clamp locks the bike in place via the dropout, and the body offers wide standing legs for stability. It fits 24 – 29 inch wheels, and has a max climbing grade of 10%. Additionally it links to ANT+ and Bluetooth devices offering speed, cadence, and estimated power. Priced at $650.
Leading the Smart lineup is the Kura, another direct drive system that offers a power meter, fluid resistance, internal 4.3 kg wheel, and ANT+/Bluetooth compatible. It sends the data to compatible apps, and devices. The body, similar to the Drivo, has a fold-able base, and a built-in carrying handle. Also compatible with Shimano/Sram 9, 10, and 11 speed cassettes and an optional Campy freehub body. Priced at $1,000.
The Turbo Muin Smart B+ provides data including estimated power to an ANT+/Bluetooth device. It can be used with the My E-Training app and it includes a one year subscription. A quiet fluid unit provides cool and quiet resistance, while the direct drive connection offers efficient power transfer. Priced at $800.
Joining the Classic lineup is the Novo Force with fold-able legs and compact magnetic resistant system. The roller is 30mm in diameter and is compatible with 24-29 inch wheels. The wheel is held using a sturdy lever, and the roller’s height can be fine tuned with a dial and switch system. There are eight resistance levels to shift through with a small bar mounted unit, and it’s priced at $220.
The Quick Motion roller system offers a compact folding option with 200mm of length adjustable to accommodate various wheelbases. It features three different training levels with a magnetic unit. The rollers are designed to help keep the rider in the middle. The system is made ANT+/Bluetooth compatible with the Misuro B+ sensor for an extra $90. Priced at $550.
The Arion Digital Smart B+ brings an Arion roller system and ANT+/Bluetooth unit together for an all in one smart roller. It connects to a computer head and other devices. It uses an electronic controller to manage a magnetic resistor based on a pre-set route, and it offers a max slop of 5%. It holds a tag at $600.
The Arion Mag brings an intermediate roller system that folds up for easy transportation/storage, and three resistance options provided by a magnetic unit. The internal width is 85mm with a slight slope to offer better wheel tracking. Attach the Misuro B+ sensor for ANT+/Bluetooth connect-ability. Available for $380.
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Completing the lineup is the Arion, it provides everything the a weekend warrior would need. A light frame construction offers a sturdy build, while hinges midway make it fold-able. It can also be given a brain with the Misuro B+ sensor to link to devices. Holds an MSRP of $280.