The newest addition of gear to their lineup is known as the Rizer. The name alone should kind of give you a hint at what you’re to expect. If it doesn’t, let me be clear. The Rizer is a cycling trainer that not only offers a classic trainer feel, but also builds upon existing Elite designs and incorporates a rising and lowering action meant to simulate the same feel of a real ride.
As it stands, the Riser offers up to 20% ascend, and -10% descend from its baseline level. To top it all off, a max load of 120 kg (265 lbs) will support both you and the bike with no issues. However, just to go up and down may not seem like a big deal, but coupled with an extensive software compatibility, the Rizer can perform these shifts in hill gradients in real-time and according to a virtual course. If you feel like training and not using a simulator track, the Rizer can also be set to manual mode, and ascends and descents can be operated as such.
whole story is another ability this trinket presents. Aside from a shift in hill levels, the team at Elite included a patented steering system that’s meant to simulate handlebars shifts as you’re riding your bike. Most riders stand as they pedal uphill, and this new steering feature is meant to allow for you to shift the bike underneath.
While you would think this is something to be avoided as you lose distance as you swivel uphill, it does offer a more realistic ride. This in turn does something to your body. What exactly? Simple. Because you’re now moving as you normally would, the muscle groups you’ll end up using while on a real ride will have already been trained and are ready to go.
There's just one catch. In order to use this tool, you’ll also need a trainer for the rear wheel, you know, the one that you really need. As it stands, Elite mentions that the Rizer is compatible with the latest generation trainers that allow your bike to rotate freely, but it’s also exclusive to three trainers within the Elite family of products, the Direto XR(-T), Suito(-T) and Tuo.
Since recent times have forced many folks to rethink their daily lives, here’s a team that seems to have an answer to some of our troubles. Personally, I can’t wait to see how this product can be improved to offer an even more realistic training experience.