Whether you’re training for an early season event, just trying to keep a regular riding schedule, or simply prefer the safety and convenience of riding inside, an indoor bike trainer is a valuable tool. But what to get? There are several basic kinds of trainers, but the options for them have proliferated wildly the past few years, not to mention the explosion of “smart” trainers and the virtual worlds and training programs they allow you to connect to.
The Tacx trainer tyres have been developed specifically for riding indoor on bike trainers. The special rubber minimises the risk of overheating, slipping and wear and tear. They are also quieter than the regular rear tyres on racing bikes or mountain bikes.
The Elite Direto is a direct drive trainer and part of Elite’s Interactive range. Offering unparalleled accuracy and functionality at this price point the Direto should definitely be on your radar if looking for a new trainer. One of the more accurate trainers the integrated Optical Torque Sensor power meter offers accurate power with an accuracy of +/-2.5% which is almost unseen on a trainer at this level. The Direto’s interactive features offer simulated slopes and with a compatible app can simulate real riding. The 4.2kg flywheel gives a great feel and can offer resistance of a 14% slope and can resist 1400 Watts at 40km/h.
As technology marches on the trainers are keeping up offering both ANT+ FE-C as well as Bluetooth compatibility. With these communications options available the trainer works with most software, computers and devices including iOS, Android, OSX and Windows. Equally compatible with MTB and road frames the trainer can even support the 142x12 thru axle standard. A great trainer for getting on the bike even when you can’t get out.
Features: • Home Trainer Type: Interactive direct transmission with electronically managed magnetic brake • Electrical Requirements: input 100-240 volt 50-60hz 6A – output 12V 1.5A • Size (open): 840x650mm (33.07”x25.59”) • Size (folded): 300x650mm (11.81”x25.59”) • Height: 550mm (21.65”) • Weight: 15kg (33.1 lbs) • Max Slope: 14% • Power Monitor: Integrated OTS (Optical Torque Sensor) power meter • Power measurement accuracy: +/-2.5% • Max Power: (40km/h) 1400 Watt • Flywheel: 4.2kg high RPM • Flywheel Moment of Inertia (kgmm²): 13050 • Output: Power, Speed and Cadence, • Management via: Smartphone, tablet, ANT+ FE-C and Bluetooth bike computers • Bike compatibility: Road, Mountain and city bikes (including carbon ones), with 130-135x5mm hubs and quick release and 142x12mm with thru-axle • Sprocket Cassette Compatibility: Shimano 9/10/11 speed, SRAM 9/10/11 speed, Campag 9/10/11 Speed (with optional adapter), (cassette not included) • Connection: Power Supply, ANT+ and Bluetooth (3 LED lights) • Wireless transmission: ANT+ (FE-C, Power and Speed & Cadence) and Bluetooth • Compatibility: My E-Training software & app. Zwift, Trainerroad, Bikevo, Kinomap, The Sufferfest • Firmware Update: Yes • Includes: 12-month free subscription to the My E-Training Software & app • Available ON: Smartphone, tablet, bike computers, sport watches, Windows and Mac, AN+ and/or Bluetooth computers