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ELITE Zumo Smart Trainer: Details // Unboxing // Lama Lab Test Review

ELITE Zumo Smart Trainer: Details // Unboxing // Lama Lab Test Review


The Elite Zumo smart trainer this week’s surprise performer in the llama lab the Elite Zumo was spotted back in 2018 In limited availability in only certain markets. It’s recently reappeared with broader availability I have ridden the Zumo a while back in the llama lab but this week I got my hands on one of the new production units Elite aren’t short on having different models of trainers on the market, and their direct drive interactive smart trainer range looks like this With the Zumo sitting there at the top as the cheapest one in a list so you have the Zumo, the Suito, the Direto X and the Drivo 2 Jumping to the unit specifications of the Zumo trainer. [narration of the list of items on screen] With a spin down calibration required but not every ride. Same as most direct drive smart trainers It’s every maybe every few months depending on your usage. Noise level is low and I’ll take you through that later on in the video Listed under “other” is a bonus round! It has power meter link PML, which is exactly like a power match with software But it doesn’t within the hardware if you have a power meter + + or bluetooth in the general vicinity Typically on your bike it can link to that and report that as the power that you’re doing bypassing the internal power meter. The Zumo has temperature compensation very similar, or I’d say probably Identical to ATC for power meters where things heat up power can drift that takes it into account for power calculations And you get 12 months of My e-training subscription with Elite. Over to the pricing and you can see here It is one of the cheapest direct drive interactive smart trainers out Euro €599, UK £450, USD $650 and Aussie dollars $799 As you can see from the pricing there, the Zumo is at the lower end of the mid-range budget Direct drive interactive smart trainers but so is the Suito, and the Suito kind of muscles its way into this category By providing a little extra value. So the Suito is only $100 more in most markets But with the Suito you get a cassette, one month of Swift, you get no assembly required So you have to tool around with the thing and you’ve got a front riser block. So depending on the value you put on all of those it might be 1:1 for value That is assuming this Suito can hold its own against the Zumo. The Zumo does pretty well! All righty here in the llama lab with one of the largest smart trainer boxes that I have seen So a lot of spare air or empty air here in the Zumo packaging, but it all ships very well No damage to the Trainer and whatsoever. All right, lifting the trainer out now This unit did come with the cassette pre-installed from Elite for the Llama lab. But they don’t ship with a cassette. And also my favorite tool here the Dyson stick vac (links below to that) We have the unit of the Zumo. We have the feet. We have the quick-release We have the through axle adapters, the bolts, the manuals, documentation and the power supply. All pretty straightforward to put together. Let’s get about doing that now after I’ve quickly read the manual to find out which bolts goes where. Two bolts in the main leg here, one bolt each for each of the arms and they do swing in and out if you were to move the trainer around or to set up your pain cave each time you Do a work out. So it does have a handle on the back too, which is handy All right, the feet also have Levellers on them Just twisting those out to make sure the thing is nice and stable for the sprints in the Llama lab tests Good to go and back to my favorite tool in the llama lab, the Dyson stick vac Nice and clean now and we’re switching this over from quick release, over to thru axle. Less than a minute to get that done. One bonus thing of all new Elite trainers they come with extended power supply cables You can see that they’re heaps length in that to get it over to the power supply on the wall Plugged in. Away we go, bike installed Now you may have heard we use the terminology “native thru-axle” or this is what I mean by native thru-axle I can use The thru axle from my bike directly on the trainer. No quick-release conversion kit spaces or anything Once everything is set up you use the thru axle that comes with your bike, line up the threads, tighten it up and you are done. Okay a quick first pedal of the unit And with the directional mic you can hear the gear changes over almost everything else there Pedaling away Again, shotgun mic aimed directly at the trainer and you can hear the drivetrain more so than the trainer so it’s a quiet trainer. Not silent, but quiet. And that freehub could probably use a little bit of packing grease but we will worry about that another day. Next up is checking the firmware on the Zumo with the new Upgrado app from Elite on the iphone here. So logging in Yes, we do. Want to connect via Bluetooth We find the Zumo It will then go off and check with the Elite servers if there’s any updates for that so current firmware 191 Hardware Revision 3 and it is all up to date, happy days! No updates required. If there was an update you’ll be prompted here to follow that process. Closing that app out and pairing everything up to Zwift The controllable trainer we have power source and cadence all connected to the Zumo And Its on to “Titans Grove” [route], which is a brilliant warm-up for a trainer Undulating terrain, ups and downs Should really heat things up with that varied terrain Now for the ten minutes is done We switch off the controllable train to pairing we jump over to the Elite app The My e-training app. Advanced configuration of the trainer and spin-down Calibrations only need to be performed every now and then, but I do do it out of the box Just to make sure everything lines up. Ok we are spinning down Should present us with an offset there at the end, and there we go, offset value confirmed. We close out of that app. We re-pair everything to Zwift and we should be good to go for the power numbers So coming to the end of the 200 watt section here from the Llama lab test into the transitions and we’ve got a one two three I counted almost Probably spot-on three second transition there from 200 to 250 watt in erg. So that stepper motor pretty much on par as what we expect. It didn’t really jump there straight away But it got us to there at a nice stable value Okay, making sure I’m in the right gear for the Sprint’s and It’s on and The Zumo had more power behind it, then I could put to the pedal so No problems at all there for the Sprint I wasn’t in ahead of it or in front of that stepper motor and it didn’t spin out. Now onto the “Overs and Unders” section of the llama lab test and the graphs here looked pretty good No major waves or no major overs and unders within each 20-second section. It seems to stabilize pretty well and The transitions from low power to high power weren’t too bad at all But the truth is in the data As always here we are on my favorite website on the internet DC Rainmakers analysis tool where we can compare multiple power meters as an overlay and See how they stack up… and stack up They do! This test here with a Quarq DZero on the bike the Elite Zumo as the trainer standard Llama lab test which is getting more and more detailed as Time goes on and as we discover more things about smart trainers in different ways to poke them So standard warm up here over Titans Grove before the calibration and all looks pretty good there So the responsiveness of Titans Grove which is up and down and up and down all looking pretty good So within a few watts there those what’s really tightened down after the calibrations performed at around 10 minutes into the steady-state 200 watts and 250 watts I’m going to skip over that little part just there where I had a dropout (be that from environmental factors) be that from Just being a dropout. I will skip that though because it’s the data from the trainer I want to look at and we jump in here 200 watts steady state into 250 watts steady state on a Budget direct drive smart trainer that is plus or minus 3% in its specs BOOM! That is absolutely that’s not what I expected. That is really really good So within a few watts there overall 233w vs 237w with a spike there at the end for the Sprint But that’s looking really really good. It was a pretty smooth ride on the pedals There’s a few ups and downs as that stepper motor Sort of centered itself at the set point it needed to be but as I was moving the pedals that was pretty good That was the first surprise! Into the sprint on the unit and not too bad at peak power was within a few watts Sustained power probably a little low, but you can see that’s still pretty close for the Sprint Just riding along into the overs and unders Boom, this is a budget smart [trainer]. It’s not meant to be acting like that It’s meant to be… it’s meant to give me more things to talk about with discrepancies in power 258w vs 258w That just worked! Up into the 450w zone The next test is the flywheel speed test which is a recent addition to the llama lab test in which I Set the trainer for four and a half minutes and every 90 seconds I change the flywheel speed. Same cadence, same power, different flywheel speed by changing through the gears. Usually what we see at the end is that trainers can’t hold both power accuracy and Resistance at a high fly wheel speed. Things just start going a little skew. Except on this budget smart trainer So the first section here a slower flywheel speed this would have been 39 25 or 28 up the back slow flywheel speed here. Power accuracy is pretty good, holding its own into the mid-range zones of the gearing. Medium speed fly wheel between top 35 and 40 km p/h That’s still pretty good and then here when I whack it in a 53:11 up the back you can see the spike there for me to get that flywheel on. It still reports correctly and accurately It’s a little wavier because you’re on top of the gear But the Zumo was holding it’s own against the Quarq DZero Surprising good good good, but This is not what’s happening with the higher-end units. So again the Zumo You’re surprising me! Onto a shorter harder effort here up a small little hill. So just riding along You can see they match one for one just riding in SIM mode Jamming the pedals. What have we got? 700 watts there for around 30 or 40 seconds routing a little bit lower by a few watts But given it’s a budget smartphone. I’m measuring way down the back That’s still pretty good and overall there 212w vs 211w overall It’s pretty decent and then just riding along 109w vs 109w just cruising. Power wise this thing absolutely nails it! Jumping to the cadence reporting coming from the Zumo which is calculated from your pedal stroke in your power analysis Titans Grove is the part where things usually fall apart from here So cadence versus the Quarq in Titans Grove 84-84 and its those up and downs Again, they’ve got that working as well. That’s spot on. Quickly jumping to the overall stats here, and it’s happy days! These can be influenced by dropouts and start and stops and recording intervals on head units. But look it’s a good indication indoors where you don’t coast a lot. 186w versus 186w. 238 vs 237 normalized Sprint wise we are looking within within 12 watts or 8 Watts their maximum sprint wize. That is very very surprising for this trainer and average cadence 86 vs 86. Job done! After every lab test, I do summarize everything and send it off to the company for review And I think I’ll just cut and paste what I’ve sent over to Elite for the Zumo so my lab tests Observations here was within 2.7% of a Quarq at 200 watts within one point seven percent of the Quarq at 250 Well within the 3% spec plus or minus the Quarq as well. Within 0.68% of peak power and maximal sprint That was phenomenal The Zumo was a little low for peak sustained sprint power so when the sprint was right up there and humming along a little bit lower But not as much as we’ve seen on other trainers and I think acceptable given the technology used and the budget this trainer comes in at the over-and-under for 150, 350, 450 etc llama lab test was exceptionally good for power and the ERG mode ramp changes were pretty good as well the power accuracy with those different fly wheel speeds was Phenomenal. I’ve not seen a trainer pass that part of the Llama lab test So huge tick there for the [Zumo], but can you tell I’m quite surprised with his budget Trainer and how it’s performing? Anyway, a tick box there. It’s based on data The shorter hard 700 watt effort was within two point three nine percent of the Quarq again tick box there The only observation I have which could be seen as a criticism Possibly was the ride feel was a little light I needed to change down one or two Gears on the back to make it feel like I was riding a bike on zero percent gradient. It’s really spinning I was really on top of the gear I had to crack down a few gears to feel that ride feel that I expect indoors That’s really the only observation I have we’re not riding around in a 53:11 or the 39:11 anyway So there’s always a few extra gears. It was one or two down on the back and it was ok So on to my overall summary notes again that I sent through to Elite as an FYI how their trainer performed in the Llama lab. The power accuracy was within acceptable ranges in the Llama lab the power reporting from the Zumo isn’t As sharp on the spikes as compared to a crank or a spider based power meter However, that’s kind of what we expect cracking down the power really sharply on the pedals You’re gonna get that spike that that trainer might not pick up on instantly, but other than that, it was pretty good. Cadence data was great ERG responsiveness was good, wasn’t exceptional, wasn’t sort of punch you straightaway at 450w exceptional Wasn’t really as smooth as the [Saris] H3, but it was pretty damn close. So pretty good for that It passed the ERG fly wheel speed tests. Nothing passes the flywheel speed test. This thing did The ride as I mentioned before feels a little light, in regard to resistance So cracking down one gear on the back a little harder. It made the thing feel a little better quite operation although not silent, good ride feel not sluggish overall a good performer for the price. Wrapping up today with my Conclusion of the Zumo direct drive interactive smart trainer and it’s a pass. It passes the llama lab test The power accuracy was as per spec if not even better The ride feel and ride experience was far beyond what I expected for this level of smart trainer It actually holds its own up against some high-end smart trainers – especially with those flywheel speed tests and power Accuracy, the Zumo still uses the stepper motor technology internally where it moves magnets physically But it was one of the better units with these technologies that I’ve ridden recently if you haven’t picked up on it already The Zumo did surprise me, and I was pleased to see it pass those Lama lab tests, especially for a budget level smart trainer So we’ll leave it there for today. Thanks for watching this one. Give it a thumbs up. If you found this interesting and hit that subscribe button to support this channel. It’s much appreciated

33 comments on “ELITE Zumo Smart Trainer: Details // Unboxing // Lama Lab Test Review

  1. Great video! Just purchased one in the black Friday sale. Quick question however, are spacers included to allow an 8 speed cassette to be fitted?

  2. 12% and 1350w is not exactly a lot. Especially considering that my neo starts slipping at around 1400w while claiming 2200w as possible.

  3. Have seen quite a few videos of the Elite Suito having issues- particularly the knocking sound which seems to perk up after two to three rides. If I recall correctly the same problem had plagued some of the previous iterations of the Direto. I agree, it is great to have such a quality smart trainer for the price, but it may be good to find out what seem to be the production issues with the Suito (which hit retail just a few month ago) and how, if at all, they have sought to ensure that they are lurking around the corner with the Zumo.

    That said, this was a very helpful and informative video as usual

  4. Took delivery of one last week as my first direct drive trainer. Very happy and performing great so far, even happier after watching this review. Only slight concern is feels a little 'vibey' at higher outputs.
    Previous trainer was a tacx flow with no vibration at all,so not sure if this is normal, will continue to use and monitor…..

  5. Another great review. Very cool that you added the flywheel speed variation into the tests. This seems like a pretty impressive trainer for the price. Cheers.

  6. Presume this uses the exceptionally accurate OTS technology as throughout the whole range? Only difference seems to be the flywheel size?

  7. Before watching this video I was probably going to purchase either the Elite Suito or the Kickr Core. Now, I have no idea!? Price wise there is a big difference: $800 (+ about $120 for the cassette and tools) (Zumo) vs $1155 (Suito). Any idea when they will be available in Australia?

  8. Was saving for a KICKR core but this is very tempting, especially as I'd be able to pick it up for ~£320 (BC discount and work saving scheme). I'm basically after a direct drive trainer that has solid erg mode to replace my noisy dumb cyclops fluid unit. Power accuracy is not super important, but nice to have, as I have a 4iiii crank.
    This looks a solid option to me

  9. Looks good – £399 in the UK from Halfords (and 10% extra if you're a British Cycling member). Sounds a bargain for £359, might have to invest 🙂

  10. I have the original drivo, erg mode resistance is really slow to react, cadence is all over the place and the resistance randomly drops if you stamp down on the pedals (mainly erg mode but also sim mode) so really need to upgrade. Is this a decent upgrade? i'm not a power monster so not too bothered about max values and if i want the most realistic road feel i'll go outside so that isn't high on my list either. I just want something with accurate power and cadence, decent reactions in sim mode and good for sim mode workouts – this seems to tick those boxes?

  11. Great video Shane this really looks like the must have unit, ticks all the boxes I don't see why anyone would want to spend twice the price of it on a high end unit, it won't make you any fitter. Elite on to a winner here with your recommendations

  12. Can the PML be deactivated somehow? I have not found a way to do this on the Suito…and just appears to be on by default and there's no documented way to deactivate…

  13. Thanks Shane for another highly detailed video. The review along with current UK deal made it a no brainer for my first smart trainer 👍.

  14. Does the Zumo automatically connect with Power Meter Link if so that would answer why the power numbers are so close

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