If you are in the market for a good quality trainer with interactive features, varied settings and a good quality resistance unit, you will want to check out the Elite Realtour VR Trainer. While not as high-spec as other more expensive models in terms of data analysis and in-motion versatility, the Elite Realtour VR Trainer does come with DVD-based course workouts so you can simulate pedalling the routes of the Giro and Tour.
The Super Crono frame sits strong and sturdy on the floor and the tough magnetic resistance unit offers eight settings of difficulty which you can alter by means of a USB controller and cadence sensor. You can buy many accompanying feature course DVDs or simply use the unit for non-video training sessions.
Features of the Elite Realtour VR Trainer
- Large flywheel powered by the electrically-controlled magnetic unit which offers up to 430 watts of resistance
- Console with remote control and cadence sensor
- Super Crono frame provides excellent stability in use with gravity contact and fast-fixing strong clamping mechanism
- Comes with real-life classic race course with additional training DVDs available
- Folds flat for easy storage
- DVD training used in conjunction with resistance settings increase motivation in training
- Ride data is saved during each session so you can track your fitness
- Simplified data feed allows you to track speed, distance, power and heart rate
- RealTour is compatible with RealAxiom CT and RealPower CT courses
Starting with the basics, the Elite Realtour VR Trainer comes pre-assembled and ready to use, and folds flat for ease of storage. Elite have created this trainer with user motivation and rider interaction in mind, which is why the model will suit those looking for a good basic feedback spec in terms of speed, power, cadence and distance.
The Elite Realtour VR Trainer offers training DVDs which allow the rider simulations of differing road courses which can be combined with the resistance setting to give a good recreation of altimetry and resistance on the tarmac – a real pro in terms of motivation and fending off the boredom! Some people have found that sometimes there is a slight lag between the information about the gradient on screen and resistance from the trainer but after months of testing, I have not experienced that one.
The Elite RealTour Trainer can of course also be used as a stand-alone trainer in that there are eight resistance settings which can be adjusted by pressing the plus and minus keys on the console. One thing worth noting is that the cadence sensor is not wireless so unfortunately there is a cable running to the back of the unit.
The Elite Realtour VR Trainer delivers great value in build quality and reliability. The electronically controlled magnetic resistance unit with eight settings provides a good base for diverse training. While its certain there are more advanced models on the market, this trainer does ultimately offer a good range of interactive features and limited post-training feedback.