Elite Rizer review: An indoor cycling interactive gradient simulator

Is it worth the price to take your indoor riding to a new level of realism?

Elite Rizer
(Image: © Josh Ross)

Cyclingnews Verdict

If you like the idea of the most realistic indoor riding possible then the Elite Rizer does it better than the competition. It's hard to ignore the price though.


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    Not tied to any specific brand

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    Enables steering

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    Allows for natural movement of the bike


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    Software deficiencies unrelated to Elite

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If you want the most realistic indoor riding experience possible there are a few options for getting there. One option is to choose one of the best exercise bikes. Another option is to start with one of the best turbo trainers available and add accessories. 

If you go down the path of a turbo trainer and accessories then you've got even more decisions to make. Rocker plates like the Saris MP1 add natural movement or the Elite Sterzo allows you to steer if the software supports it. Alternatively, the Wahoo Kickr Climb works with a Wahoo turbo trainer and raises and lowers the front of your bike as you climb and descend on the screen in front of you. 

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Josh Ross

Josh hails from the Pacific Northwest of the United States but would prefer riding through the desert than the rain. He will happily talk for hours about the minutiae of cycling tech but also has an understanding that most people just want things to work. He is a road cyclist at heart and doesn't care much if those roads are paved, dirt, or digital. Although he rarely races, if you ask him to ride from sunrise to sunset the answer will be yes. Height: 5'9" Weight: 140 lb. Rides: Salsa Warbird, Cannondale CAAD9, Enve Melee, Look 795 Blade RS, Priority Continuum Onyx