Elite Crono Mag
Ultimate Pursuits www.ultimatepursuits.co.uk
Elite offers a huge range of trainers, but this mid-level offering is the best option for most garage racers. The three rear roller positions cope with different wheel sizes, but the unbolting and rebolting means it’s a pain setting up. But that’s about the only weak point. The urethane-coated roller reduces slip and provides a vibration-free feel, though it’s vital you level the bike off with a block under the front wheel or the whole unit can lurch forward when you’re going out of the saddle.
Maximum resistance from the fluid motor unit isn’t huge but can cope with most midpack riders. It’s important you tighten the bolts in the ‘tail’ to stop it growling and vibrating when giving it full beans. Add in the fact that the fat urethane roller has a lifetime guarantee and you have the best value, most fully featured trainer we’ve seen lately.