Elite Launches the Direto XR

July 29, 2020

Integrated power meter, improved accuracy and a 24% slope.

FONTANIVA, ITALY — Elite is proud to release the latest addition to their indoor trainers: the DIRETO XR. A natural evolution of the best-selling Direto and Direto X, the DIRETO XR promises to be the ideal home trainer to complete a cyclist’s setup with a ready-for-use, accurate and powerful tool – it’s also compatible with everything to come from Elite for the upcoming season.

On the strength of a 1.5% accuracy ensured by the integrated OTS power meter, the DIRETO XR immediately gets the top spot among Elite’s home trainer range for its enhanced pedalling roundness, the improved flywheel and an ultra-realistic gradient simulation (able to replicate a staggering 24% slope value). And of course, it’s pre-assembled by virtue of the pre-installed Shimano® 105 (or equivalent) 11-speed cassette. Just unfold the snap-action support legs, install your bicycle and connect it to a power source. Total setup time: less than five minutes.


The DIRETO XR is the world’s only home trainer, together with Elite’s Direto and Drivo range, that truly measures power output via an integrated power meter, the OTS (Optical Torque Sensor). OTS is an innovative and integrated power meter that measures how much power you exercise on pedals with ± 1.5% accuracy on the DIRETO XR, which is 0.5% more accurate than the original Direto.


Compared with the DIRETO X, The DIRETO XR simulates up to 24% gradients, 6% more than what the DIRETO X, thus ensuring top performances on even the most intense workout sessions.


After the success of the DIRETO X, Elite’s R&D department redefined the mechanics of the DIRETO XR by achieving unmatched noise reduction levels. These developments rank the home trainer among Elite’s quietest, by virtue of of its direct transmission configuration, where the rear wheel is removed and the chain connects to the cassette on the home trainer: the only noise you’ll hear is the chain itself when you’re shifting gears while working out…and likely your own labored breathing.


DIRETO XR is compatible with both road and mountain bikes, with 130-135 x 5mm hubs with quick clamping system and 142 x 12mm with thru-axle. Adapters are available for purchase to ensure compatibility with 135 x 10-12mm and for rear 148 x 12mm Boost hubs. And thanks to the implementation of a new design for the installed chain guard, the DIRETO XR accommodates long cage derailleurs distinguished by an increased range and capacity on the sprocket set up to 12 speed.


As with all Elite’s direct transmission home trainers, the DIRETO XR is part of the ANT+TM FE-C and Bluetooth interactive home trainers range. This means total interaction with apps, software, computers and devices (smartphones and tablets) with iOS, Android, MacOS and Windows.

Anywhere, anytime, with just a few clicks, you just set the course of the workout program and start pedalling: DIRETO XR handles the rest, by automatically adjusting resistance to manage your workout autonomously based on your needs. Included in the box of the DIRETO XR is a 12-month free subscription to Elite’s My E-Training software and thanks to the cooperation between Elite and Zwift, anyone purchasing a DIRETO XR will get a free 1-month subscription to Zwift.

DIRETO XR is also compatible with all the other commercially available indoor cycling platforms such as TrainerRoad, Rouvy, Kinomap, Bikevo and many more.

Press contact: Katie Macarelli /Thorpe Marketingkatie@thorpemarketing.com

B2B Sales: Todson USA/ info@Todson.com



Elite, a company of cycling enthusiasts, has been offering unique and cutting-edge products to the cycling world for over forty years. This self-financed, award-winning brand manufactures locally in Italy; specializing in R&D, production and marketing of home trainers, bottles and bottle cages.  They’ve been providing equipment to the world’s professional cycling teams since 1979, allowing them to be on the cutting edge of the cycling world’s needs and wants.

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