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Drivo II Interactive Power Trainer
Sure, we've got a full wardrobe of cold-weather kit and we could spoon on some beefier, all-weather tires, but the reality is, it takes a lot of motivation to get out and after it on a cold winter morning. Requiring maybe slightly less dedication is pedaling indoors, however, that can get boring, so thankfully, indoor trainers have gotten smarter and made cycling indoors more fun. Take the Elite Drivo II Interactive Power Trainer for instance, it's an update to its popular Drivo that’s more accurate, more stable, and more responsive than the original Drivo and just as quiet. It provides a realistic ride, easy and tire saving direct-drive setup, and electronic adjustments that interact with virtual training apps making sure your pain cave sessions are more entertaining and effective.
The Drivo II might not be your best option to haul to the races, it requires an external power source to run and it doesn't completely fold up for transportation, but it does offer a quick and simple setup, providing you with a quiet ride and realistic feel. Its heavy, 6kg internal flywheel provides the feeling of being on the road, while the entire system syncs with any ANT+ or Bluetooth Smart app or head unit and electronically adapts resistance instantaneously to match with training plans or virtual slopes.
While that happens, your head unit will display power measurements taken by the Drivo II's OTS (Optical Torque Sensor) along 24 points to an amazing +/- 0.5% accuracy as you ride, the most precise on the market, providing you with the training metrics needed to progress. You'll need to mount your own cassette on the Drivo II, as it doesn't come with its own, but what you spend in a second cassette, you'll save in spent rear tires on traditional resistance unit designs. Additionally, this makes the Drivo II as quiet as possible letting you get lost in your virtual training universe with only the sound of a humming chain and heavy breathing to push you along.
Finally, it's worth noting that the trainer includes a free 36-month subscription to Elite's MyEtraining App letting you tap into popular training apps like Zwift, Sufferfest, TrainerRoad, and others. That's 3 full winter's worth of motivation so you can come out of the gates faster in the spring, letting you keep data stored and the ability to virtual race against actual people who are also getting the most from their indoor training. This social side of indoor training can make the difference between a winter morning spent getting fitter for spring races or blowing off a ride altogether.
- Electronic direct-drive trainer keeps you fit for spring
- 6kg internal flywheel provides realistic road feel
- Built-in power sensor is extremely accurate at +/- 0.5%
- Quiet design won't upset others in the house
- Compatible with any ANT+ or Bluetooth Smart app or head unit
- Includes access to training apps in order to keep you on form
- Direct drive is more stable and saves tires
- The home trainer is compatible both with road and MTB bikes including those that use 142 x 12mm thru-axles
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- Q & A
Stable, quiet, great road feel
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
The Drivo II was not my first choice when upgrading to a direct drive trainer, but I eventually decided to 'settle' for a non-Wahoo trainer after a frustrating experience with two defective Kickr Core units. Wahoo's customer support was great, but I felt trying a third Core wasn't a good option, given I feel it leans a bit to the drive train side when out of the saddle at 500+ watts. I typically hit 1200+ watts for sprint finishes in virtual races, and found the leaning annoying, that was my experience in any case. So my next thought was to go with a Kickr 2018 and its perhaps more stable legs, but I did read of some users having experienced QC issues as well with early production release units. I'm sure Wahoo had sorted any production issues out by this point, but I just wanted to get to training and not risk further frustration, so I started to look seriously at the Drivo II and CycleOps H2.
I could have gone with either unit, but eventually decided on the Drivo II for its reported excellent power measurement accuracy.
I've been using it for some intense training over the past two weeks on Zwift, it just works, and works very well. It is very stable, has an excellent center of balance, and the road feel is quite good. It's not as quiet as the Kickr Core for sure, but its whirring noise is not very loud and not something I really hear over fans or music. I do like that it provides cadence over the single bluetooth channel, given I use an Apple TV and a bluetooth HRM. Resistance changes are very quick in sim mode, I haven't yet used ERG mode to be able to comment on it.
Only a couple of minor negatives so far... I experienced some creaky noises the first few rides (left-right movements), which have since gone away. Otherwise, I might be missing something, but it doesn't look possible to upgrade to newer firmware releases with the Elite training app for my phone.
Overall after my first dozen or so rides, I'm very happy with my purchase. In the end, I don't feel I settled for less, it's an excellent trainer.
Can I use a Campy cassette with this trainer?
Hi Miguel, Elite does make a Campagnolo freehub for this trainer but it is out of stock at the moment. We expect to see more in January 2019.
This trainer is compatible with a Campy cassette however you would need to pick up the Campy freehub body to do so. You can buy that directly from Elite here: