The original Elite Drivo was a very capable trainer that could be run with all of the most popular training hardware and software. Its successor, the Drivo II, ups the ante, with a reduced noise level (72dB at 200 Watts, almost 20dB lower than the same Wattage on the original Drivo) and an increased maximum resistance – up from an already huge 2200 Watts to a frankly gargantuan 3600 Watts (at 60kph).
It’s a big step up, but realistically only one that the most-tree-trunked-legged, Olympic-level track sprinters need worry about.
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It’s compatible with 9-, 10- and 11-speed Shimano cassettes and, with a switch of freewheels, Campagnolo cassettes too. As well as all that it can also accommodate 130, 135 and 142x12mm axles. In short, you can pretty much use whatever bike you have with the Drivo II.
Size-wise it’s a pretty big unit at 52cm tall and 76cm long. That makes for a 79cm-wide footprint, which is bigger than both the Tacx Neo and Wahoo Kickr, its main rivals. It’s heavy too, largely thanks to a 6kg flywheel, but the combination of its weight and wide footprint make the Drivo II stable even under hard efforts.
With no complex or time-consuming calibrations necessary, the Drivo II is ready to go as soon as you switch it on. It can be used in two modes: the first, ‘ERG’, lets you set a specific power level you want to ride at, for example 230 Watts, and the trainer then automatically adjusts the resistance to keep you at that output — useful if you want to put in some good base miles indoors.
The second mode is ‘Simulation’, which allows you to set an incline, say the average gradient of your favourite climb, and then ride against a resistance profile that reflects it — handy if you fancy some hill reps. It can simulate inclines from zero to a challenging 24 percent.
The Drivo II’s ride feel is natural and when used with Elite’s ‘My E-Training’ simulation software it reacts very quickly to changes in elevation, both up and down (according to Elite, the trainer reacts three times faster than the original Drivo thanks to an electromagnet on the flywheel).
All this tech and the realistic feel of the Drivo II will appeal to Zwift fans. But if you’re not taken by the idea of gamifying your home training, you can sync the Drivo II up with a Garmin Edge and use it to reproduce rides stored in the device.
So, if you fancy tackling your local loop without leaving the house or reliving a summer ride in deepest, darkest winter, the Drivo II can oblige. This function also works with Wahoo’s Elemnt and Bolt head units too.
Overall, the Drivo II is every inch the equal of the Wahoo Kickr and Tacx Neo. It’s accurate, solidly built, smooth running and remarkably quiet. I’d still favour the Tacx Neo, however, because it’s a little more user friendly and compact, even though the Elite can handle masses more power.
Elite Drivo II specifications
- Incline simulation: Up to 24 percent
- Size: 52cm high, 76cm long, 79cm wide
- Flywheel: 6kg
- Power output: 3600w at 60kph
- Interactivity: ANT+ FE-C and Bluetooth
- Certified by: Zwift