Is it too soon to talk about new turbo trainers? Winter is just around the corner and for many cyclists that means it’ll soon be time to add some structured turbo training to the weekly schedule, and with that in mind, here’s the brand new Elite Drivo direct transmission home trainer which offers integrated power measurement and is claimed to be incredibly quiet.
Direct-drive trainers have become very popular in the turbo trainer business. The key difference is the removal of the rear wheel, with the bicycle frame attaching directly to the trainer. This offers numerous benefits, such as smoother ride feel, extra stability, easier setup, higher resistance and greater control, with onboard power meters making them perfect partners for training apps like Zwift and Trainerroad.
The Drivo trainer measures power at 24 points which could be useful to allow you to analyse your pedalling efficiency. A 6kg internal flywheel is claimed to provide a very realistic road feel and it’s rated for up to 2,000 watts at 35kph. Elite claims an accuracy of +/-1%.
Hills can be simulated with a maximum angle of 24%, ideal if using the indoor trainer to prepare for a mountainous race or sportive. Elite has designed a frame that promises high stability, and it folds away when not in use so it takes up less space.
Ant+ and Bluetooth Smart wireless protocols provide compatibility with a wide range of computers and apps, including Zwift, Kinomap and Trainerroad. IT can be paired with a computer, smartphone or tablet to run your favourite training software, or used with Elite’s own supplied software.
Elite has ensured the Drivo is compatible with most current rear axle standards, from quick release to the latest 142x12mm thru-axle configuration.
The Italian company is also making big claims for how silent the new Drivo trainer is, but we’ll have to wait until we see one in action before we pass judgement on that. Elite has posted this video on Youtube which appears to show the Drivo in use, and it’s certainly very quiet.
We don’t have a price for the new Elite Drivo trainer yet, but the company is launching the product at Eurobike later this month so we’ll be sure to take a closer look then.
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David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.