Bicycling (South Africa)
MADE BY ITALIAN manufacturer Elite, the new Direto direct- drive trainer includes an integrated, interactive power meter. At R13 999, it’s one of the least expensive direct- drive trainers available – compare it to Wahoo’s R19 999 Kickr and the R21 995 CyclOps Hammer, for example.
Sure, both these models can simulate up to a 20% grade, with 2 000 watts of power output, while the Direto maxes out at a 14% slope and 1 400 watts. Still, I found this plenty to mimic the challenges of sprinting and climbing outdoors.
Like its competitors, the Direto is controlled via Bluetooth through your smartphone or computer, and is compatible with apps including Zwift, Trainer Road, and The Sufferfest. Elite’s app also offers predesigned interval workouts.
Changes in resistance are smooth, and the trainer is quiet – I didn’t have to max out the TV volume. Finally, if you live in a small space and regularly move your set- up, you’ll appreciate that the Direto is almost 5.5kg lighter than the Kickr.
Looking to up your game with some power- based training? Your buy- in just got lower. – Riley Missel