The upcoming Elite Turbo Muin fluid trainer should be the first direct drive fluid unit when it comes available in November.
The “direct drive” format became popular with the Lemond trainer, and Wahoo’s Kickr uses a similar system, but both are driving large fans that essentially act like weighted flywheels. The feel is great, but (the Lemond, anyway) can be super loud.
Initially it’ll be a basic fluid trainer with internal flywheel for realistic road feel. Eventually, they’ll offer a higher end model that incorporates their electronics and compatibility with their Real E-motion trainer videos. That software is getting an update soon, which will let users upload their own ride videos to an online server and make them available for others to use.
That unit above is a prototype, check the sales sheet after the break for a peek at the finished product and specs…