Elite Novo Force £179.99

Magnetic resistance trainer

BikeRadar score 3/5

The Novo Force magnetic trainer from Elite is an entry level turbo. It features five resistance settings, operated from the handlebar, which we found were adequate for any workout we would want to do indoors. It’s fairly quiet by turbo standards – a high-pitched whine rather than the sound of a jumbo taking off in your living room. 

Its lowest setting offers a comfortable spinning resistance for recovery sessions or rest intervals, and although it didn’t feel as road-like as some turbos we’ve used, it wasn’t bad. 

After a sprint it took 38 seconds for the rear wheel to stop on the lowest resistance setting, which we’d put right in the middle of the acceptable range for this basic inertia test. 

This article was originally published in Triathlon Plus magazine, available on Zinio.

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