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Elite Suito Turbo Trainer Revealed

The Elite Direto is getting a brother! The best selling trainer from Elite is no longer the smallest Italian turbo, as the Elite Suito is seriously slim

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Elite Suito Turbo Trainer

TLDR: A sibling to the Direto, slim, light, and portable TG SCORE: pending…

Direct drive turbo trainers are the last word in indoor bike training, but the one area that they do lose out to things such as the Wahoo KICKR SNAP is portability. Even on the current 2019 Tour de France, whilst there are a LOT of direct drive turbos seen next to team trucks, there are also still a load of wheel-on turbos, as they are so easy to set up and go

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The Elite Direto in 2017, and let’s be honest the 2018/2019 winter period was THE trainer to beat, in terms of sheer value for money. The argument as to which is better between the Wahoo KICKR, Tacx Neo 2 and the Elite Drivo II will rage until one of the big three releases a new unit. However, even with the Wahoo Core, and the Tacx Flux S / 2 on the market, the Direto is pretty much where the smart money goes still.

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So where does the Elite Suito sit in the Elite line up? I’d argue that we are moving away from a dedicated straight lineup with the Suito, sitting below the Elite Direto in some respects, whilst just out speccing the Direto in others

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In which case, there has to be the question, who is the Elite Suito, the perfect suitor for? Given that Elite has opted for a fully assembled turbo trainer out of the box – event including the cassette now – I’d argue that Elite is aiming for Wahoo’s “plug and play” buyers, and specifically who are looking at the Wahoo CORE. People who want to get into Zwift, don’t mind stepping over that magical £500 mark, but also don’t really want to have to deal with the dirty setup side of things.

That argument could probably be made on three counts. Firstly the cadence calculation using Elite’s sensorLess algorithm which is broadcast on both ANT and BLE. Where the Suito detects pedal strokes, and thus calculate the cadence, by measuring the speed micro variations. That cadence data is piggybacked onto the same channel as the power data. Basically this is for Zwift on Apple TV where there can be only two BlueTooth sensors. As a result people previously had the option of either power and cadence, or power and heart rate when Zwifting in this manner

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Secondly, and possibly the most importantly, the Elite Suito has been made as compact as possible. I’m waiting for my review unit to arrive, so you’ll have to wait for comparison pictures, but the dimensions illustrate how slim things are: 560 x 150 x 495 mm, showing that the unit is nearly 50% narrower than the Dirt 650 x 300 x 550 mm! This unit is going to be able to easily be squirreled away when not in use

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Thirdly, as mentioned the whole unit is ready to go out of the box, no building, no calibration, even the cassette, an 11 speed Shimano 105 unit preloaded. Which if you really are looking for a prebuilt unit, does work as an additional draw away from the Wahoo CORE

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Elite Suito Turbo Trainer – Specifications

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  • Communication: Bluetooth, ANT+, ANT+ FE-C, BlueTooth Smart Trainer Protocol FTMS
  • Slope Simulation: 15% (Direto 14%)
  • Built-in sensors: Power, Speed/Cadence (no pedal analysis, blue cadence is inline for Zwift iOS user)
  • Max Wattage: 1900w @ 40kph, 2900w @ 60kph – great to see Elite showing the range of speeds and the effect on power. So slightly better than the Direto (1400W of power at 40 km/h speed (2200 W at 60 km/h))
  • Power Accuracy: +/- 2.5% (Direo 2%)
  • Flywheel: 3.5kg (4.6kg on Direto, 5.4kg Wahoo CORE, 6.7kg Flux S))
  • Weight: 14.5kg (Direto 15kg)

You can clearly tell from the overall appearance, that the Elite Suito is a derivation of the Elite Direto and some shared parts. What will be interesting is to see when Elite takes a bit of polish to the Direto to see how they differentiate the two units further. Although Elite has always been very sanguine about the possibility of trainers canabilising each other – as long as the products are good, the customer is happy and the trainers sell, internal competition isn’t a problem

Elite Suito Turbo Trainer – Conclusion

Elite has fired the first shot in the turbo trainer war on 2019. How will the other companies respond? At the moment, it looks like price is going to be the serious battleground for this year. But as the Elite Direto, itself can be found around the internets for under £550 it will be interesting to see if the “Ready Set Go” approach of the Elite Suito is enough to have people parting with the $799 RRP

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James Gill

Author of TitaniumGeek, which started after smashing off my RIGHT elbow. <br /> <br /> After learning a lot about olecranon fractures, I was introduced to the world Zwift, and slowly transitioned into writing about sports gadgets and the like<br /> <br /> Trying to keep up cycling, swimming and running whilst being a busy General Practice Doctor