The Elite Arion Al13 Rollers are in effect an aluminium version of the Elite Arion Mag Parabolic Resistance Rollers. Both rollers come with an integrated magnetic resistance unit with three easy to use settings. Sure there are a few minor design differences between the Al13 and the Mag Parabolic Rollers but eventually it all comes down to personal preference and cost.
When you receive delivery of your rollers, the first thing you will notice is how easy they are to set up. You literally just unfold them and away you go. The frame also comes with an integrated step to make it easier to climb onto your bike. Let’s face it, a step can be a lifesaver as balancing on the rollers is not for the faint hearted.
The other thing that you will notice is how lightweight the whole package is. This is all down to the aluminium rollers coupled with the resin-moulded frame, which combined do not weigh very much at all.
But just because they are lightweight does not mean that they cannot withstand your power training sessions. These rollers are surprisingly hardy and durable and will easily cope with your high-powered crazy hill climbs.
The Elite Arion Al13 Rollers come with three levels of resistance which are adjustable using a slider on the side of the roller. These resistance levels are designed to simulate slopes and flat terrains giving you variety in your workout. What I must say is that like the Elite Arion Mag Parabolic Resistance Rollers, the resistance can only be adjusted when you are off the bike which can make for a broken training session.
Once you are up and running, you will find the ride smooth and natural. It is no secret that I am a huge fan of rollers because they make you focus on your pedal stroke, balance and core muscles. The Elite Arion Al13 Rollers are no exception to this and having the resistance takes your training to the next level.
The aluminium rollers are parabolic which means that they are 85mm in diameter in the middle and 100mm in diameter on the sides. As you can imagine, this shape will gently keep you in the middle of the rollers and will prevent you from slipping off the sides.
Ultimately, I cannot fault these rollers as they are built to last and will give you a great workout. However, when you look closely, there is very little difference between these rollers and the Elite Arion Mag Parabolic Resistance Rollers. Sure the Arion Al13 are aluminium and the Arion Mags are PVC but both are parabolic and offer three levels of magnetic resistance. Both have a built-in step and both are designed to give you a smooth and quiet ride. With this in mind, I can’t help but ask, what’s the real difference? You are paying quite a bit more for the Arion Al13 Rollers but the only extra you are getting is an aluminium roller instead of a PVC roller. Is it worth it?