Elite Parabolic rollers review£149.99

Beginner-friendly indoor training aid

BikeRadar score3/5

Elite's unique Parabolic roller set is a great option for new recruits to rollers who lack peak workout potential.

There’s some bolting together before you’re ready to go and it doesn’t fold flat, but the simple frame is adjustable to all solo bike sizes.

The rough surface plastic drums mean a secure and stable low-speed line-holding character. The flanged ‘parabolic’ ends reduce the chance of the wheels wandering off the rollers too, which boosts confidence.

The large drums spin really well and are surprisingly quiet – great for balance and consistent speed maintenance, but you’ll be topping out the gears at 60kph+ to get a punishing workout.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK
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