Elite Direto XR Smart Trainer Announced

Elite has just released the 4th generation of its Direto trainer, dubbed the Direto XR. It includes a bit of a price increase from the previous model (+$50USD), but also significantly upgraded specs and a pre-installed 11-speed cassette!

The Direto line, which began as a mid-range direct-drive trainer, has now been upgraded to specs comparable to higher-end trainers, including Elite’s high-end Drivo line. Sensibly, Elite has discontinued the Drivo line (it is no longer listed on their site).

Elite appears to be simplifying its smart trainer offerings, and that’s a good thing, as things were a bit muddled in the past. They are now offering the Direto XR as their high-end trainer, the Suito as a mid-range direct-drive trainer, and the Tuo as a wheel-on trainer (although this cute little toaster is still not available to purchase, which may explain why Elite still lists their Novo Smart wheel-on trainer on their site).


  • Gradient simulation: 24% (increased from 18%)
  • 11-speed cassette included
  • Flywheel: 5.1kg (increased from 4.2kg).
  • Max wattage: 2300W (increased from 2100W)
  • Power accuracy: +/- 1.5%
  • Noise level: quiet (not silent)
  • Includes front wheel riser block


  • USD $949.99
  • CAD: $1299.99
  • Euro: €849.99
  • GBP: £824.99
  • AUD: $1399.99

Axle Compatibility

  • Built-in 130-135 x 5mm (road/MTB/city)
  • Built-in 142x12mm thru axle
  • Adapter required: 135 x 10-12mm
  • 148x 12mm

Cassette Compatibility

  • Built-in 9/10/11 speed Shimano/SRAM
  • Accessory freehub for Campagnolo
  • 12-speed SRAM NX
  • 12-speed micro-spline Shimano

According to Elite, the “moment of inertia” has increased by 15%, which should lead to a more realistic road feel. And that seems to be the case – both DC Rainmaker and GP Lama mention that they feel the road feel is improved in the XR over previous models.

ERG mode algorithms have also been improved over the previous model, and reviews are saying ERG mode works well. Power accuracy is within spec, and responsiveness is solid.

This is the first time a cassette has been included with the Direto, and that’s something worth mentioning as well. The Direto XR ships fully-assembled (like the Suito), which means most Zwifters will just need to unbox it, hook up your bike, plug it in, and go!

DC Rainmaker’s Review

Read DC Rainmaker’s in-depth review >

GP Lama’s Review


The Direto XR is shipping now from various retailers worldwide. Support this site by purchasing through Clever Training!

Questions or Comments?

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Eric Schlange
Eric Schlangehttp://www.zwiftinsider.com
Eric runs Zwift Insider in his spare time when he isn't on the bike or managing various business interests. He lives in Northern California with his beautiful wife, two kids and dog. Follow on Strava


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Tadeusz Foryszewski
Tadeusz Foryszewski
3 years ago

Which trainer ja “silent”???

3 years ago

24% 😮

Paul Rayner
Paul Rayner(@paulrayner)
3 years ago

Am I the only person who wishes a new trainer like this would have a wired connection, so there would less chance of my ride getting ruined by disconnection issues?!

I know it seems “old school,” but I feel a trainer which connects via USB would be that bit more reliable than Bluetooth or ANT+…??

Gustavo Gomez
Gustavo Gomez(@mgfjd)
3 years ago
Reply to  Eric Schlange

Since I have been using Bluetooth in Windows 10, all my connection problems have gone away. I do have a fairly new system.

3 years ago
Reply to  Paul Rayner

wireless ≠ discon issue cause. I think u should turn the direction to check which part cause discon, and change it~

3 years ago

Thanks Eric for the link!

3 years ago

Embedded videos banned by CHN network blockade. Its outlook seems it still a belt drive power trainer…

Antonio Montilla
Antonio Montilla
3 years ago

When will the Elite Direto XR be available in the US market? I clicked the link under AVAILABILITY at the end of your post, it redirected me to Clever Training but they are out of stock. Thanks!

Evgeniy Maximov
Evgeniy Maximov
3 years ago

Wahoo core (759eur) or ELITE DIRETO XR (749eur)?

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