F.A.Q about Elite Trainers
Classic, Smart or Interactive. Which one to pick?
Let's find out about home trainers differences based on their unit and connectivity.
Classic home trainers are easy to install and use, while retaining great effectiveness with their performances.
It's the best choice for those with a limited budget that still want structured and quality workouts.
The best thing about the classic wheel-on is how easy they are to setup, use and transport.
Conversely, smart home trainers wirelessly send data to other softwares and devices. This is how you can easily check on your performances, plan your workouts and reach your goals.
Interactive home trainers, unlike smart ones, have both incoming and outcoming communications with the various training apps that will manage resistance.
It's what you choose if you want to combine accuracy and fun while working out.
Elite interactive home trainers stand out for their captivating design but also for their unmatched accuracy when measuring power output.
What's better, the Direto XR or the Suito?
In the next paragraph, we shall make an in-depth analysis of 2 of Elite most important interactive home trainers, Direto XR and Suito.
They're both direct-drive and deliver great pedalling feeling and accuracy from the get-go.
Their electronically managed resistance is magnetic as it wirelessly connects to your device (ANT+ or BLE Smart) and adjust resistance on the basis of the pre-set course, be it GPS or one of the Zwift courses.
Both models deliver very high power output levels as they can simulate really steep gradients.
Direto XR is our top of the range this year, standing out compared to the Suito for better accuracy (1.5% against 2.5%), higher gradient simulation (24% against 14%) and higher power output.
However, the biggest difference is represented by the presence of the integrated OTS power meter inside the Direto XR.
The OTS - Optical Torque Sensor - measures the effective power output in order to offer highly accurate workouts.
The Suito, even though it presents slightly inferior technical features, is appreciated for how compact it is.
We like to call Direto XR and Suito as "plug and play" trainers since their legs are pre-assembled, thus drastically reducing installation times.
Both the Direto XR and Suito are compatible with most road and mountain bikes models, including carbon ones, and are used by the best pro teams, both on the road and off the road.
Choose the Direto XR if you want the great accuracy of a power meter, while for great ease and convenience Suito is the the one you want.
What's better, Suito or Tuo?
Say you're looking for an entry level home trainer. You don't need the top-of-the-range. You're not yet ready to face gradients that are more than 15%.
No problem, the choice is between Suito and Tuo.
They're both interactive and manage resistance electronically by wirelessly connecting to a computer, tablet terminal or smartphone.
However, they also have significant differences from a technical standpoint, starting from how they're configured, which is wheel-on for the Tuo and direct transmission for the Suito. They also have a different design, footprint, weight and materials.
Suito is an absolute Plug-and-play gem as it's ready to use right away thanks to its minimal installation times. It's the perfect first interactive home trainer.
Tuo, however, has an incredible deisgn and offers very high performance levels.
Its contemporary elegance is noticeable while you're using it but also when it's folded."
It has an aluminium structure with steel frame and beechwood legs.
If you want a compact and ready to use home trainer, Suito is the one for you. If you want advanced functions with Italian design, Tuo is the one for you.
What bikes are compatible with Elite trainers?
Race / MTB bicycles, including carbon ones
Compatible hubs: 130x5-135x5mm with quick release and 142x12mm with thru-axle
Compatible adaptor: 135x10-135x12mm (cod. 1014043) Boost 148x12mm (cod. 1014042)
Road bikes / Mountain bikes
Compatible hubs: 130-135x5mm with quick release and 142x12mm with thru-axle.
Compatible adaptor: 135x10-135x12mm (cod. 1014306) Boost 148x12mm (cod. 1014303)
Road bikes with 26 ’’ - 29 ’’ wheels Mountain bikes with 26 ’’ - 29 ’’ wheels
Compatible hubs: 130x5-135x5mm with quick release; 142x12mm with thru-axle