Elite Volare Mag Lite trainer review

Excellent introduction to training

Our rating 
3.5 out of 5 star rating 3.5
GBP £109.99 RRP | USD $178.18
Elite Volare Mag Lite Trainer

Our review

Great value and solid performance. Suitable for occasional sessions
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The Elite Volare Mag Lite is a minor faff to set up, requiring the use of an additional socket to complement the supplied Allen key.

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It isn’t expensive, but the build quality, although appearing a tad flimsy, is nonetheless good. Even with our tester’s 6ft 3in and 13 stone frame, it coped admirably with only a minimal amount of flexing.

You probably wouldn’t want to be doing out-of-the-saddle sprints on it, but if they form part of your training then you’d probably be spending a bit more on a trainer anyway. As with all of the Elite trainers, it whirrs away with a pleasantly quiet purr and at lower resistance levels feels silky smooth.

We couldn’t really see the point of non-remote adjustable resistance and couldn’t imagine clambering on and off mid-workout to adjust it. We reckon, as it did also suffer slightly from magnetic stickiness at the top of the range, you’d simply leave it set on a low-mid resistance and use your gears.

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With this in mind, Elite could surely simply ditch the adjustment and produce a gem of a trainer for under £100. A couple of years ago, a trainer costing this little would have been a noisy and flimsy horror, but the Elite is amazingly good. Unsurprisingly for such a budget model there’s no training feedback.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Volare Mag Lite Trainer (09)
Brand Elite

Features * Screw adjustment for resistance unit * Standard hub clamp assembly * Fully assembled * Resistance: Magnetic * Adjustable Resistance: Yes * Wheel Sizes: 26", 650c, 700c * Noise Level: Quiet * PC Required: No
Trainer Level Adjust 5 Level
Turbo Trainer Type Magnetic