Elite has just released the 3rd 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


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