Elite claims best in class with new Drivo direct-drive smart trainer

A claimed +/- 1% accuracy of power measurement with 6kg flywheel

As indoor training season approaches for many in the northern hemisphere, Elite has launched the Drivo direct-drive smart trainer, a quiet unit that's compatible with modern training software like Zwift and TrainerRoad and one that boasts a claimed power accuracy of +/- 1%.

The term 'smart trainer' means a unit that interacts with smartphones, computer and bike computers to measure power and adjust resistance. On a standard trainer, resistance is controlled by shifting the bike or cranking the resistance wheel against your bike's tire. On a smart trainer, resistance is controlled via specified settings on a cycling computer, smartphone or computer, or, even better, in response to simulated virtual courses like those in Zwift or Kinomap, or to power-specific workouts like those in TrainerRoad

The Drivo integrated power meter has a 24-point measurement system that claims to be accurate within +/- 1%. It can handle up to 2,000w — basically more than anyone can produce — and simulate slopes up to 24%.

Elite claims the Drivo to be so quiet that all you can hear while training is the chain - but no decibel level is specified
Elite claims the Drivo to be so quiet that all you can hear while training is the chain - but no decibel level is specified

The unit is compatible with road and mountain bikes, as it works with 130-135 x 5mm quick-release frames and 142x12mm thru-axle frames.

While a motor controls the amount of resistance, a hefty 6kg flywheel provides inertia for a real-world feel.

Elite claims that trainer is "super quiet" and "guarantees that the only noise to be heard while training is that of the bicycle chain", according to a press release, but the company does not specify the decibel level.

The Drivo works on both ANT+ Fe-C and Bluetooth Smart.

The drivo retails in the UK for £1,099.99 (international pricing tbc), the unit weighs 26kg (57lbs)

The Elite Drivo offers up to 2,000w of resistance with a claimed +/- 1% accuracy on its power readings
The Elite Drivo offers up to 2,000w of resistance with a claimed +/- 1% accuracy on its power readings

Ben Delaney

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Ben has been writing about bikes since 2000, covering everything from the Tour de France to Asian manufacturing to kids' bikes. The former editor-in-chief of VeloNews, he began racing in college while getting a journalism degree at the University of New Mexico. Based in the cycling-crazed city of Boulder, Colorado, with his wife and two kids, Ben enjoys riding most every day.
  • Discipline: Road (paved or otherwise), cyclocross and sometimes mountain. His tri-curious phase seems to have passed, thankfully
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