Elite SuperCrono Power Fluid ElastoGel Trainer 2012
A high level trainer for competitive riders which introduces the improved performance of fluid-based resistance
33% larger ElastoGel roller featuring improved tyre grip, reduced wear, vibration and a 20% noise reduction over other rollers
Combination of ElastoGel and HydroMag resistance unit offers maximum refinement and makes for an incredibly smooth pedal action
Resistance adjusts automatically according to speed
SuperCrono frame is easy to set up, uses the rider's weight to ensure constant contact with the roller and allows the cyclist to move around on the bike, better simulating the feel of real riding, all whilst offering a more stable support platform than the previous Crono design
ElastoGel roller enhances performance with mountain bike tyres
Comes pre-assembled and folds flat for easy storage
Includes spare Q/R for those using Mavic or similar non-compatible Q/R skewers
Buy Elite SuperCrono Power Fluid ElastoGel Trainer 2012 from Chain Reaction Cycles, the world's largest online bicycle store.
Rated 3 out of 5 by Anonymous It's a miss
First, the pros: Very smooth, very quiet, good resistance, and good power curve.
The cons: Too much plastic, frame design is too flexy for aggressive workouts, wheel can slip on the roller when in a standing sprint, difficult to center the wheel on the roller.
The way this trainer works is that when you sit on the bike, the upright arms of the frame pivot backwards, thereby using your body weight to apply the correct pressure on the roller. So, if you ever get up out of the saddle, the reduced amount of rearward weight can reduce the traction, allowing the wheel to slip on the roller.
Also, because the frame uses only single uprights (versus the A-frame style of many trainers) there is a LOT of twisting, and you can visibly notice your wheel swinging from side to side across the roller. This probably won't be a major issue for feather-weight cyclists, or those using the product for light warm-ups, but for anyone who wants to train aggressively, this will probably be an issue.
I also noticed some discoloration in the metal of the cooling fins after a few uses; little black specks appearing throughout. Not sure if this is a non-issue, or a symptom of a metallurgical issue.
I'm not going to go so far as to say this is a horrible product. It very well may be just the right product for certain users, but it certainly wasn't the right product for me. I returned this trainer and moved up to a Kurt Kinetic Road Machine. I've got two sessions on the Kurt now, and am very, very impressed with that trainer.
The only group of people I can see this trainer being the right product for is those who:
-weight less than 170 pounds (77kg)
-are very smooth cyclists
-only want to train at a steady cadence, without any out-of-the-saddle pedaling
For everyone else, step up to something like the Kurt.
14 March 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by Anonymous Great fitness aid
I received my trainer from Chain Reaction in only 4 working days which is amazingly fast! Getting it set up is a bit fiddly- you might need a third hand but once everything is set how it's supposed to be, taking the bike in and out is pretty simple. A word of advice though, the bolts are easily stripped if you tighten too far.It's very quiet to use and I found it had plenty of scope for torture for the 40 minutes that my first ride consisted of. People new to cycling might find it a little too hard though and might be better with something a little easier. However for average fitness levels it's quite challenging. All in all I found that for my first foray into the world of turbo trainers I am more than happy with my purchase and with the service from Chain Reaction. This is my third purchase from them and I really need to stop looking at this site before I run out of money!
18 January 2011