Pedal Magazine - - Out In Front -

New from Elite is the Direto, an ANT+, FE-C and Blue­tooth-com­pli­ant di­rect-drive home trainer. Part of the new gen­er­a­tion of home train­ers, the Direto in­ter­acts with a mul­ti­tude of apps, soft­ware, com­put­ers and de­vices with iOS, An­droid, OSX and Win­dows, in­clud­ing pro­grams such Zwift and Train­erRoad. Out of the box, the trainer was sim­ple to set up and boasts one of the largest foot­prints in its class. With its long, sturdy legs locked in place, the Direto was one of the most sta­ble train­ers tested. Power, speed and vir­tual ca­dence can be broad­cast by ANT+ or Blue­tooth Smart to a bike-com­puter head unit or phone, tablet or lap­top.

With its In­te­grated OTS (Op­ti­cal Torque Sen­sor) power me­ter, watts are mea­sured with a 2.5% ac­cu­racy, and the op­tional pedal­ing anal­y­sis mea­sures power dur­ing the en­tire pedal­ing move­ment and sets 12 points that de­ter­mine the ef­fort in your legs, so you can op­ti­mize your train­ing ses­sion. I found this help­ful, as the power I mea­sured via the OTS was in line with what I ex­pected to see for my var­i­ous ef­forts.

No­tice­ably smooth, the Direto can sim­u­late up to a 14% in­cline and can pro­duce 1,400 watts at 40kph due to the large 4.2kg fly­wheel. Sim­i­lar to the other di­rect-drive train­ers tested, rid­ing the Direto pro­vides a very smooth, out­door-like pedal­ing feel and has the avail­able op­tion of ERG mode. The Direto de­liv­ers a very pleas­ant feel and makes tick­ing off the vir­tual kilo­me­tres a breeze.

Wheel-axle com­pat­i­bil­ity is ex­cel­lent, as it is com­pat­i­ble with both road and moun­tain bikes, in­clud­ing 142x12mm thru-axles and 9-, 10- or 11-speed driv­e­trains from SRAM, Shi­mano and Cam­pag­nolo. The di­rect-drive mount pro­vides easy set-up, with no tire wear or slip­page.

Sta­ble, easy to trans­port, fold­ing quickly for stor­age when lim­ited space is avail­able, the Direto is ideal for any type of train­ing. The SRP is $1,199.

Elite Direto

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