Introducing the Elite Suito
by Robert Thorpe
by Robert Thorpe
The Elite Suito Smart Trainer is described as an “out of the box” solution, and it really is. For all the technology and science that has clearly gone into developing this high performance indoor cycling trainer, it’s simplicity itself in setting up. When the parcels arrived from Italy, I was eager to get started, making room for the myriad of trainers and accessories and planning the cycle area in the bike store. If I’m going to be doing lots more indoor training, then it has to be in comfort and in a place that’s relaxing. Albeit that when I’m on the rollers – my usual indoor torture tool – I ride until the sweat falls and reduces my vision! Thankfully the Elite Suito is something that I won’t have to balance on, and I can sit back and train for longer than my average roller session. Plus, I get some interactivity, which living by the National Park, I can judge in relation to a challenging ride in the outdoors.
The Suito trainer comes with everything already fitted, including an 11 speed Shimano cassette, QR and adaptors, and a simple plug in power cable. Unboxing it, it S got a great carry handle, well placed on top and the device doesn’t weigh too much either. The legs are folded away and are easy to pull out and set, before clipping in the power cable and attaching your bike – viola! The Suito is compatible with all the latest cycling programmes too, and it comes with a years subscription to Elite’s own in-house “My E-Training” programme, which is really good for an own brand technology solution. It’s well laid out, informative and easy to navigate.
Within a few minutes of setting up my account with Elite, I was into the mapping area of the “My E-Training” programme and had created a route to ride. Bonding the trainer itself to the programme is also simple, as it works via Bluetooth, and Elite have put a large button reminding you to set up the trainer also. Two flicks of on screen buttons and I was away, cycling merrily out of Ripon and heading to York – albeit it my bike store and work store 😉 and with bars of Voom nutrition placed by my side to feed and power me. Best of all, instead of being layered up and covered with waterproofed clothing, I was simply kitted out in my favourite ALÉ short sleeved jersey and bibs and needing to use a fan to cool me down.
The Elite route mapping element within their training programme is truly fantastic. Creation of routes is simplicity itself and before long you’ll have a a bank of your own routes to choose from. I initially created a route from home to York, and as I was riding along, the Google map plotted my movement, whilst an elevation image informed me when the climbs were coming. As the gradient went up, the Suito Smart Interactive trainer kicked in and adjusted the resistance, meaning that I was in gear changing mode and even out of the saddle on occasions. The stability of the unit is also worth mentioning here; clearly a lot of work has been put into this by Elite, and whilst it is an easily portable indoor trainer, being slim and yes, lighter than many trainers, it is still weighted – which helps by giving it superb stability in action.
I’ve set routes so far in the Carpathian Mountains, climbing for nearly 3 hours, and along the Normandy coast in France, on a faster and flatter course. The Suito and the Elite software pick up even the smallest of gradients, making the Suito an experience, as these simulated gradients really do test you and drive you forward in your performance – especially when climbing for 30km! As I say, even when I am using the trainer ‘out of the saddle’ and firing away on the steep Transylvania slopes to Paltinis – a classic climb – the Elite Suito remained perfectly stable, allowing me to simply concentrate on being a cyclists – and that has to be the best accolade that we can give it. Better still though, afterwards, I feel great and I can already see the benefits of the interactivity on my performance stats and also in the improvements to my general fitness.
Fuelled by Voom and the new Elite bidons, I have Spotify on for music and when on the trainer, I’m firing away to the sound of The Killers, REM and Snow Patrol, protected from the winter weather as I looked at my speed and power stats on the Elite “My E-Training” on my iPad – all showing increases with every ride on the Suito.
First impressions are more than favourable and I had a great 90 minute workout on day one. In the days since the Suito arrived, this interactive indoor trainer from Elite has already become a pleasurable daily routine for me, with so many options – and I’m still only using their own ‘My E-Training’ app 🙂 – it really is a great and well engineered piece of kit. Even the most basic of technology users can set the Elite Suito up straight from the box and all cyclists will feel the benefit of it’s numerous options in use. However, I’m a little bit disappointed – I’ll have to forgo it for a day or too soon, as I start testing the Elite Quick Motion rollers as well 😉