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Direto Interactive Power Trainer
We've come to recognize indoor cycling as a necessary evil and if we plan to go into spring with some residual fitness after the colder months have subsided, we need something to keep us captivated and motivated. Smart, interactive trainers have helped out tremendously providing useful metrics and feedback while also interacting with virtual training apps to make riding in place a little more fun. Elite's Direto Interactive Power Trainer is ideal for targeted and effective indoor riding and it lets you race other riders virtually or follow a specific training regimen so you can beat the winter doldrums and come out ready to swing in the spring.
Like the Drivo, the Direto uses an integrated OTS (Optical Torque Sensor) power meter, to measure power to within +/-2% accuracy. To further analyze your pedaling perfection, an in-app option is available to measure power during the whole pedaling movement through 12 set points. The trainer determines how much effort you put into each leg, letting you work on your efficiency and smoothing your pedaling stroke. When this option is enabled, you can access your power data on two types of charts via the My E-Training software and app.
To alleviate the monotony of pedaling in place, the Direto simulates climbing with slopes up to 14%. Sprinters can work on their finishing kick with a 1400-watt power output at simulated speeds of 40km/h. This trainer is super intuitive and can be used by anyone looking to maintain or improve fitness easily within the confines of their own homes, but when not in use, the compact design allows the trainer to easily transport and store. We also really like the direct drive design that provides easy set-up, a stable platform, and zero tire wear and slippage. If the weather or time doesn't allow you to get outdoors and train, the Direto from Elite still allows for structured training and watching your favorite races on repeat or racing friends or virtual courses.
- An interactive home trainer for staying fit this winter
- Direct drive has zero tire wear or slippage
- Ideal for any type of training that utilizes power data
- Third-party compatibility with Zwift, TrainerRoad, and others
- Manage your Diretos firmware with a smartphone or tablet
- Easy to use and store when not in use
- Compatible with both road and MTB frames including 12 x 142mm thru-axles
- Item #ELI001Y
- Q & A
It's the Best
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Of course, I haven't ridden any others, but this is working great! I use it with Zwift and it's quiet, smooth, easy to set up. Really love riding it. I will say I find the manual frustrating as well. I did have one problem. The cassette didn't seem to mount correctly. It was because the axle wasn't properly secured in the Direto. Once I fixed that all was good.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Let's face it, riding indoors is nasty, brutish, and short, but a smart trainer and the right app can make it almost tolerable -- almost! I decided on the Direto vs. the Wahoo Kicker, Cycleops H2, or Tacx Neo -- I just couldn't see that much difference to justify their significantly higher price. The Direto is very good once you get it up and running. It syncs up to various online apps and performs as advertised and expected. Build quality seems to be good. But -- the manual is truly horrible and lacks any useful detail so you have to rely upon what you find on the net if you have any trouble or questions. I hate that -- is it that difficult to produce a decent manual? On the plus side, you don't need it after the initial setup so the pain is limited. Myetraining, Elite's training and calibration program, is pretty basic and has some annoying dead ends but is easy to navigate (and, most important, free). So far, the power readings seem accurate compared to other power meters. Regarding road feel, I tried out all the other mid to high end trainers available and couldn't feel much difference between them.
Value is excellent
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
As far. as indoor trainers go, direct drive is the defacto best, but with axle standard all over the place purchasing adapters, new cassettes, etc to make it work can be a nightmare. I got this trainer because it is the only one I could find at this price point that included the wheel chock AND 12x142 thru-axle adapter. Easily you could spend a lot of extra cash on both of these with other brands. Connectivity is great too, syncs to my Garmin Edge 520 Plus and I can ride any course I program in Strava, Trailforks, or. trainnerroad/zwift if I so please. So far I have logged about 12 hours on this trainer and riding indoors (when I have no other choice) is not so bad.
Is this the Direto 1 or 2?
Hi Craig, this is the most current Direto from Elite.