The Elite Ghibli Parabolic Rollers are perfect for a cyclist looking for an indoor training experience that feels realistic and lifelike. Easy to set-up (you just unfold them) and easy to store, these rollers will not take up too much space and are great for pre-race warm-ups and interval training.
The Elite Ghibli Parabolic Rollers consist of three thermoplastic drums which are mounted onto a sturdy steel frame. Unlike some higher end rollers, these rollers dont have a step built into the frame which can initially make mounting and dismounting a bit hard if you are not used to it. But rest assured, after a few training sessions, you will not even notice the missing step.
The rollers themselves are parabolic, meaning that they are wider at the edge than in the middle. The idea behind this design is added stability. In other words, if you are having a hill session and start gliding too much to the side, the wider edge will gently nudge you back on track. Nice one!
If you are new to rollers, it will take a few sessions to get used to the slippery road sensation. My advice would be to look in front of you when pedalling and never look down as that really throws your concentration! Trust me on this one, it does get easier and soon you will even be able to drink while pedalling.
There is enough resistance in the actual rollers to stop you from freewheeling so you can control the session with your own gears. However, when it comes to the resistance provided by the rollers, do remember that all resistance is provided by your own gears. For those of you looking for a more intense power training session, I would steer clear of rollers and look at getting a turbo trainer as the resistance can be much more intense. (The Tacx Bushido Turbo Trainer is a great and really popular resistance trainer.)
As far as the actual training goes, these rollers will help you focus on your balance and core strength. They are also great for warm-up spinning sessions and interval training.
Overall the Elite Ghibli Parabolic Rollers are a great choice for someone looking to improve their overall fitness and stamina. The quality and design of these rollers will ensure that you get the most out of each training session.