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Elite Crono Fluid ElastoGel Trainer
CRONO FLUID from Elite is a sealed hydrodynamic system that regulates the effort of the pedalling through a rotor submerged in oil with special characteristics of viscosity and high temperature resistance.
Top Features of the Elite Crono Fluid ElastoGel Trainer
- Crono frame
- 45mm ElastoGel roller is 33% larger than previous models, which means less noise, lower rpms, and less wear
- Redesigned Fluid resistance unit cools more efficiently, and runs smooth and quiet
- Standard hub clamp assembly
- Quick - thread hub clamp system
- Foldable frame
- Pre – assembled
System's rotation speed determines the effort, more or less intense that is transmitted to the wheel. Everything happens inside an aluminium alloy housing, with wide cooling fins for a quick heat squandering. These are the advantages of this kind of unit:
The easiness of use, no regulation of the effort is necessary because it self-adjusts with the variation of speed. You just have to use the gears of the bike, as when you are on the road to obtain different levels of resistance.
The roundness of pedalling, much alike a road race;
A greatly progressive resistance;
The elastogel roller, which in this roller has bigger dimensions (45mm of diameter instead of the usual 30mm). The elastogel material allows to obtain a perfect adherence to the tyre allowing progressions of the pedalling rythm without noticing any slipping between the wheel and the roller itself. Notably one of the most underlined limits of the old rollers was the poor adherence to the tire that blocked the change of pace and effort like it naturally happens on a road race.
Another very important innovation of the Crono Fluid is the frame which self-adjusting compass structure, that allows to transmit the load on the resistance unit in function of the weight and the position of the athlete, differently from what happens with a classic frame, where such a load is pre-determined by a mechanic system with constant load therefore the weight of the cyclist does not affect the development of power.
The result of such innovation is that the power of the pedalling is a function also of the weight of the cyclist, with a greater level of faithfulness to road race that is 51% superior compared to a classic frame. The comparative tests carried out in the laboratories of the Mechanical Engineering Dept. of Padua's University show that on a road race the power expressed by the athlete is connected also to the weight and the position of the athlete as it happens only by using hometrainers that have a Crono frame.
It is not necessary anymore to regulate the pressure of the roller of the resistance unit on the tire or connect and disconnect the unit before and after the training. This system allows the rear wheel of the bike of any dimension to lean on the roller of the resistance unit automatically with the weight of the bike itself and the cyclist, moreover the slightly flexible system reduces the effect on bike's frame and simulates more accurately the feeling of a road race. Crono Fluid is widely known as the most silent, smooth and easy to use trainer on the market.
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About the Elite brand
The story of Elite has continued for more than thirty years and is made of successes and new discoveries which always start from the work of engineers, technicians, market men, cycling enthusiasts and also insight.
All the new products launched on the market are the result of internal research and there are now about three hundred.
These products are tested by world’s most important professional teams. In fact, the Pro Teams sponsored by the Fontaniva firm have won the Tour de France, Tour of Italy, World Championships and many world cycling races, and have accompanied the victories of riders such as Chris Froome , Bradley Wiggins, , Mark Cavendish, Cadel Evans , Ivan Basso , Miguel Indurain, Marco Pantani and many other champions.
Elite currently sponsors more than half of the world’s professional teams.
The work is like a bicycle ride. It is only by continuing to ride, pushing hard uphill and enjoying the descent, that allows us to go ahead with ever greater satisfaction.
This is our creed. Ride with us.
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Magazine reviews for Elite Crono Fluid ElastoGel Trainer
Review from Cycling Plus
What the Elite lacks in robustness compared to price rivals like the Blackburn Tech Fluid it more than makes up for in styling and finesse.
If the Blackburn was a Hummer, the Elite is definitely a Ferrari. Okay, a turbo doesn't have to look good, but it can't hurt if it does.
Coming pre-assembled and folded, setup is a breeze and since there's no resistance adjustment or wires to worry about, you can just get on and ride.
Stability is good and it's remarkably quiet and vibration-free. Like the Blackburn, it uses a fluid resistance system that gets tougher the faster you go and you can add variety by using your gears.
However, the power curve seemed less steep and more progressive than the Blackburn, which is much more suited to the average rider. Spinning your legs off is far easier and there was more than enough top-end resistance for our tester.
Another plus point over the Blackburn is that you won't risk a hernia moving it, so it should prove popular as a portable 'back of the car' warm-up trainer for testers and 'crossers.
As with the Blackburn, if you have some power measurement technology on your bike then just add this to create a complete training package.
Simple, smooth, stable and stylish - this makes for a great little no-frills turbo
Product Q & A
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The ElastoGel is meant to result in reduced tyre wear but I don't have anything to compare it with.
If you buy a trainer tyre then all those issues will stop. I recommend the Continental Hometrainer II MTB Folding Trainer Tyre form here.
Using very narrow tyres is not recommended (under 23mm) 25mm wide is OK and provides enough contact area.
Using too low tyre pressures could cause tyre slip against the rim and rip your inner tube but that would be obvious? You would also puncture on the road if that were the cause.
Some professional teams use them to warm up before a time trial and then simply unhook and go racing!
Is there something I can/need to do to the bike?
Thanks in advance.
I've just got one of these and my bike sits at the same sort of position ie off to one side.
I checked underneath to see if I'd done something wrong but the screw is at the end of the slot and I can't see any way of centring it.
Unless anyone else can come with an answer I presume it must be designed that way.
It doesn't seem to make any difference to the functioning of the roller so I am assuming it is OK.
The choice is yours
The only intervals that might not work brilliantly are hill repeats, probably best off riding up proper hills for those.
The higher the gear and faster you pedal then the resistance will increase.
I do interval training on mine and its fine. I Use the lower chain ring and smallest rear sprocket and keep up a medium/high cadence for 5 minutes then change to the top chain ring and go as fast and hard as I can for 30 seconds and repeat until you can't physically do anymore.
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