With the Arion Digital Smart B+, Elite combines the interactivity of a smart trainer with the freedom of movement of rollers.
You can use them by themselves with the Elite app, but really the charm is to use them with Zwift or another third-party interactive software that controls the resistance.
The Arion Digital Smart B+ works on ANT+ and Bluetooth, so it’s easy to connect wirelessly to laptops and smartphones.
The ride feel is nice and smooth, and the wide drums offer plenty of lateral movement.
There is a resistance ceiling of about 400w, depending on the virtual grade.
For riders wanting an immersive virtual riding experience, the Arion is a great option, as resistance changes smoothly for hills and drafts. For those wanting to do specific power-based workouts, I’d recommend either using a regular power meter for measurement or going with a direct-drive smart trainer such as the CycleOps Hammer, the Wahoo Kickr or the Tacx Neo.
The rollers fold in half for storage and transport. They are stable once you are on and riding, but the plastic frame feels a little flimsy when you put a cleated foot on the little platform as you climb on and off.
Click through the gallery above for more sample power comparisons from my testing.
|Name||Name, 0, 10, Name, Arion Digital Smart B+ Rollers|
|Brand||Brand, 0, 20, Brand, Elite|
|Weight (g)||Weight (g), 2, 0, Weight (g), 9190|
|Colour||Colour, 2, 0, Colour, Black/Red|
|Features||Features, 2, 0, Features, interactive resistance via ANT+ and Bluetooth Smart|
|Dimensions||Dimensions, 2, 0, Dimensions, 500 x 150 x 1400|
|Folding||Folding, 2, 0, Folding, Yes|
|Roller Length||Roller Length, 2, 0, Roller Length, 320|