Elite Volare Mag Gel Trainers

4/5 (5 Reviews)
MSRP : $159.00

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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Simon, a weekend hack a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: January 28, 2013

Strengths:    Smooth operation, resistance settings, easy to set up if you follow the instructions.

Weaknesses:    As has been said, there's no lateral adjustment option to speak of. Also, while I listen to thrash metal when I spin, I can still hear an air raid siren-like whirr at high RPM. Won't make you any friends late at night, but that's probably true of most trainers.

Bottom Line:   
+1 to what Ryan a Road Racer said - secure the rear wheel firmly, don't use knobby tyres, keep your tyre inflated, don't brake, and don't suddenly change gear (i.e. apply a massive change in torque). Stick to those rules and the gel won't wear down. It's nowhere near as fragile as some of these reviews make it sound. I've been zipping away on it for quite a while now, and while there's a black tyre discolouration on the roller, there's no wear at all.

Good trainer for mere humans who just want to spin and don't need reams of training data.

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Favorite Ride:   Melburn Roobaix - wherever it goes

Purchased At:   CRC

Similar Products Used:   Life Fitness Keiser M3 spin bike

Bike Setup:   For the trainer? An old 7 speed ebay special steel roadie.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Jeffrey a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: February 18, 2009

Strengths:    Sturdy, folds easily, securely holds bike in place, good "riding" feel and very quiet.

Weaknesses:    Small area for tire to meet gel rolling surface and no way to adjust side to side contact patch.

Bottom Line:   
I ride/run short duathlons, compete and ride for the purpose of staying in shape. I've had three other trainers before this one, only one of which I really liked. I'm loving this one for sure! Quiet, has a great feel. I like the spring loaded tension on the rear tire... it's all good. Got this trainer for a great price (barely used) on the internet. Perfect for nights with the kids when I can't get out to ride, but need to log some time in the saddle.

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Favorite Ride:   30-50 Sierra Nevada foothill miles

Similar Products Used:   Cycleops, LeMondand other wind trainers

Bike Setup:   1998 Gary Fisher Hoo Koo E Koo with Specialized FATBOY street slicks mounted to XT hubs and old school (very light) aluminum rims.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ryan a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: March 4, 2008

Strengths:    Since the trainer partically uses your body weight, it has the most realistic road feel of any trainer I've used. It's quiet.

Weaknesses:    Mine doesn't have a remote resistance switch, but I can add this as an upgrade.

Bottom Line:   
I had to post a review to offset what the other gentleman said about the elaso-gel. There are about 5 things you have to do to protect the elaso-gel coating on the roller. The 2 most important are: 1 always keep your tire presure above 100 psi; and 2 NEVER use your brakes. I got my trainer in December and I've already put 400 miles on it with NO problems.

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Favorite Ride:   Monitor Pass

Purchased At:   eBay

Similar Products Used:   I've owned 3 sets of rollers and 3 different trainers.

Bike Setup:   Custom frame with 200 mm cranks.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by TripeTriangle a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: December 29, 2003

Strengths:    Five setting

Weaknesses:    Loud? or just my tyre?

Bottom Line:   
Great trainer. Starting my second season on it. Smooth, can be set for easy spinning, or real high for a killer workout. 5 setting, all available on the handlebar. I've used the same tyre on it two years in a row, I think that the tyre I use is noisy, b/c the unit seems quite, but the tyre is loud.

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Favorite Ride:   A level club ride

Purchased At:   Gift

Similar Products Used:   some mag trainer at LBS.

Bike Setup:   GT ZR5.0 with Open Pro rims laced to Hugi 240's

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by GVF a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: December 2, 2003

Strengths:    While it worked, it was very silent.

Weaknesses:    Elastogel.

Bottom Line:   
While it worked it worked great. One month after the purchase the elastogel started to wear away, I contacted Elite and the elastogel isn't sold as a spare part!! So I spent $150 on a trainer that I was only able to use 1 month. Dont buy this elastogel crap!

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Price Paid:    $150.00

Similar Products Used:   Fan trainer.

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