For £30 more than the company’s Tesla trainer, Riva’s top model delivers an improved performance – but not enough to justify the extra expense. The double A-frame design is reliant on flat floors, but it’s stable enough for a sprint once you’ve levelled it.
The mixture of big QR cam on the offside and locking screw on the driveside works well, though, with quick closure and little flex across the axles. The latched metal remote lever will cope with most bar diameters, and the screw-in roller adjuster is foolproof.
The magnetic motor does a good job, with no growl and a progressive resistance across the nine-step range. The urethane-coated roller has minimal wheel slip. While most riders on steady sessions will be fine, it didn’t give enough grunt for our strongest testers. Urethane rollers wear quickly, but this one is fat enough for a decent lifespan.
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