Elite is an Italian brand that has been making bike products and trainers for over 30 years. The Turbomuin is a sleek solid unit with a typical Italian style. It’s a direct drive trainer, so you’ll need to procure a second cassette, and switching from road to trainer is a matter of removing the rear wheel and clamping you bike in via the quick release.
The Turbomuin looks very well manufactured with a tidy alloy cast housing skirted by a large, finned, heat sink area. The small fan you can see is for cooling the unit rather than effecting a change in resistance. In addition to the fluid resistance unit there is a heavy flywheel to smooth cadence changes.
The four rubber feet are well spread and provide a secure stable mounting contact and very good stability at any level of effort. The rubber feet should protect polished wooden floors and the like from marking too.
The Turbomuin’s fluid resistance unit delivers a progressive increase in required effort and a true to life pedalling feel. Switching gears easily allows you to choose between high RPM spinning or heavy power sessions; I found the Turbomuin delivers an exceptional steep hill climbing sensation. The Turbomuin is a very quiet unit; indeed it is quiet enough that it was possible to watch TV while training without turning up the volume.
Power and speed data options are available for this trainer in both Bluetooth and Ant+ formats for universal connection options to your iphone, Garmin or other device.
The Turbomuin’s refinement sets it in a new generation of fluid based direct drive units, providing good design, along with progressive, expansive and smooth resistance at low noise levels.
Resistance Unit: Fluid
DB: 73 @90RPM 53:17
Dimensions: 70(w) x 49(h) x 55(d)
Distributor: Cassons www.cassons.com.au