The Drivo does require power, as it doesn’t have a built-in power curve or self-generation for unpowered use (only a handful of electronic trainers do; such as the Wahoo KICKR/KICKR2, Tacx NEO, and Tacx Bushido).The power cord is dual voltage 120/240V, so it’ll work anywhere in the world.You’ll also get the LED lights illuminated at the rear of the trainer.
And overall, I’ve come away quite impressed on a number of levels.
As usual, I’ll note that Elite sent me the trainer as a loaner to try out. I got shipped one of the first production Drivo’s off the line back in July, but at the time they were still waiting for the outer cardboard printing sleeve to arrive from the printers.
Also like usual, I’ll be sending it back to them upon completion of this review. If you found the review useful, you can pickup the Elite Drivo and other gadgets from Clever Training at the bottom of this review. So I got the equivalent of carrying a bottle of whisky in a brown bag to conceal it’s true identity.
In doing so DCR Readers save 10% and support the site. No worries, I’m reasonably certain a printed sleeve won’t impact accuracy.
First up is the feet, which allow you to adjust height of the trainer above the ground by rotating the feet into different positions. Finally, the unit itself: Don’t worry, you’ll get a zillion shots of that trainer by the time this review is done.
Next we’ve got the power supply: Then there’s doohickies for the cassette and different axle standards. Following that we’ve got Elite’s software, if you so choose to use it. Lastly, while not in the box, I know folks will be looking for specs like max wattage and stuff.
Typically you don’t get a cassette in there, but they included one just in case I didn’t have one handy. After removing the shelf (which also contains the feet seen above), you’ll see the trainer below: It’s easiest to just pick up the whole kit like a small dog and take it out of the box.
Once done, you’ll have this tidy little picture: Just to recap on the parts list, we’ll run through them all.
Plus there’s also a red lever just behind the red Elite sticker. Both ensure that you’ve got it locked in place before pedaling.