We’re still a ways off from a completely immersive cycling simulator, but thanks to products like the new Elite Rizer — we’re getting closer. Riders looking for the most realistic training while stationary indoors now have a new option for the front end. The Elite Rizer combines a motorized fork support that also allows for steering input to take your Zwifting to the next level.
Just what is a ‘gradient simulator?’ Well, it starts with removing the front wheel of your bike. You then attach your fork dropouts to the ‘hub’ on the Rizer, and it uses motors to raise or lower the front end of the bike. This simulates the positioning you’d get while riding, which in turn helps use different muscle groups than you would use just training in one position.
The Rizer provides up to +20% inclines, and -10% declines, which puts it on par with the Wahoo KICKR CLIMB. Thanks to built in Bluetooth and ANT+, the Rizer will communicate directly with programs like Zwift to emulate the grades in the game, automatically rising or lowering based on the virtual terrain.
If you’d rather control things manually, there are controls on the top of the unit to allow you to do just that. It’s also controllable through the Rizer app for iOS and Android devices.
Steering on a Trainer
However, the Rizer sets itself apart by incorporating steering functionality into the fork mount. It appears that this allow the fork to rotate, and also move side to side for realistic movement. What’s not known is the range of steering — we’ve found some of these steering devices to be limiting on games like Hustle City where gameplay requires big corrections, but the turning radius of the steering device prevents you from doing so.
Like the incline/decline, steering is enabled with Bluetooth and ANT+ meaning you won’t need to use your phone as a steering sensor for various games or training programs.
Elite Rizer Details & Pricing
Elite also claims that the Rizer is the most stable device of its kind thanks to a rigid aluminum and steel structure with four adjustable feet. Still, there is a weight limit of 264.5lbs, which we’d assume includes the weight of your bike (sans front wheel).
Compatible with most bikes, the Rizer includes fitments for QR, 12×100, 15×100, and 15×110 thru axles. Basically everything except bikes with 20mm axles, or fat bikes.
Elite says the Rizer is compatible with the Direto XR, Direto XR-T, Suito, Suito-T, and Tuo trainers, but there’s no reason to believe it shouldn’t be compatible with trainers from other brands as well. Elite also states that the Rizer is compatible with Zwift, The SufferFest, Ful Gaz, RGT, Bkool, and more training apps.
Priced at $1,099.99, expect the Rizer to be available in the U.S. this fall.