I am a huge fan of training on rollers as they allow you to train your legs as well as focus on strengthening your core which is key to your overall performance and endurance. After a month of putting them to test, I can safely say that the Elite Arion Mag Parabolic Resistance Rollers are a great set of rollers and provide a very real cycling experience.
These rollers are Elite’s second generation of resistance rollers and are in effect a step up from the Elite V-Arion Parabolic Inertial Rollers. Of course, a step up in performance and quality also means a step up in price but they are worth the extra investment.
The first thing to mention is that the injection-moulded resin frame is tougher and significantly lighter than its predecessors. That is not to say that they will not withstand abuse because they are certainly built for the challenge. To date my rollers have been setup in parking lots, tossed in the back of a van and have been rigorously used on a daily basis.
The narrow-gauge parabolic roller drums are situated at an optimal distance from each other and are perfectly balanced to ensure a super smooth ride.
The integral frame step allows for easy mounting and dismounting and eliminates the need to set the rollers up in a door frame or next to a wall for support. Clever!
3-Speed magnetic resistance
These rollers have a 3-speed magnetic unit built into the middle roller which offers a variety of training and resistance options. What this means however is that resistance levels can only be adjusted when you are actually on your bike on the rollers but this is not the end of the world.
What I like about the Elite Arion Mag Parabolic Resistance Rollers is the fact that they are so quiet when in use. No matter how hard you work them and how much you increase the resistance, they will not drown out the sound of your training video or music which is always a good thing.
These rollers are excellent “grab and go” rollers as they are easy to setup, store and transport. At the end of your session, just fold them up and store them under the bed or in the closet leaving your training area clutter-free.
Yes, they are on the top-end of the roller price scale but the Elite Arion Mag Parabolic Resistance Rollers are well-worth the investment. They are well-built, lightweight and will deal with anything that you throw at them. The 3-speed resistance is fantastic and will have you pushing yourself before you know it. They are a perfect training tool for high intensity sessions (as opposed to endurance outdoor sessions), and great for when you just can’t or don’t feel like getting outside.