Elite Crono Force £179.99

Well designed and quiet trainer

BikeRadar score 4/5

The Crono Force is another turbo to feature a gravity-contact frame, and the elasto-gel roller does seem to give the claimed better grip over the more usual steel/aluminium offerings. It also claims to reduce noise, and it's certainly true that this machine is one of the quieter ones we've tested. 

The clamp mechanism looks a little Heath-Robinson but in fact works excellently, allowing very quick mounting of the bike. This trainer features an inertial resistance unit with two settings; there's no remote but you don't really need one. I found that the Crono Force didn't roll quite as well as the Blackburn inertial trainer when taking it easy, but the power curve is less steep, which I found more comfortable on varied sessions. There's enough resistance for a bit of climbing work, and there's a little flex in the frame that makes out-of-the- saddle sections feel a bit more realistic. Intervals felt pretty good too; there's slightly more work to do in the recovery sections but the Crono Force rolls pretty well. The gravity frame again makes it a serious contender if you're planning to use more than one bike.

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