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.