Elite announced an update to their most popular smart bike trainer. The new Direto XR comes with a bigger punch and can replicate up to 24% incline, that’s up from 18%, and now comes with a pre-installed 11-speed Shimano cassette. Elite also increased its price from $899 to $949. So you are sort of forced to pay for a cassette that might or might not work for your setup.
Elite also increased the flywheel weight to 11.2lbs (5.1kg). That’s about 2lbs heavier than the Direto X to give you a better ride feel.
The Elite Direto XR still has an integrated OTS power meter and can measure power within 1.5% accuracy.
The Direto XR is compatible with both road and mountain bikes, with 130-135 x 5mm hubs with quick release system and 142 x 12mm with thru-axle. Additional adapters are available for purchase to ensure compatibility with 135 x 10-12mm and for rear 148 x 12mm Boost hubs. The DIRETO XR accommodates long cage derailleurs and up to 12 speed cassettes.
The Direto XR retails for $949.99 and depending on where you are in the world, you might be able to order the Direto XR today. In the U.S., the XR is available to pre-order today for an early September delivery.
DIRETO XR KEY SPECS
- Price: $949 USD.
- Power measurement accuracy: +/- 1.5%.
- Maximum power output: 2,300 watts (at 40KPH), 1,100w at 20KPH.
- Integrated dual ANT+ FE-C and Bluetooth FTMS standards.
- Measures power, speed, and cadence.
- Simulates 24% climbing grade.
- 11.2 lb (5.1kg) flywheel.
- Cassette compatibility 9-12 speed. (Adapters required for XD/XDR/NX/Campy).
- Axle Compatibility QR 130x5mm, 135x5mm Thru-axle compatible for bikes with 142 or 148mm hubs. An adapter is available for Boost 148×12 mm rear hubs.
- Compatible with long cage derailleur.
- Comes fully assembled with included 11-speed Shimano cassette.