Steve Rwrote a review of Elite Drivo Interactive Power Meter Muin Trainer on April 13, 2017
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I replaced another smart trainer with this one hoping to see improved accuracy and consistent resistance control and got most of what I wanted. This matches my crank based power meter on average over intervals in structured workouts within a couple watts so its everything I had hoped for there. On long training sessions (I did a 5 hour session for a hundred miles of Zwift) it follows the set wattage just as well as at the start. My only pick here is it tends over correct a bit rolling from over and under the set point by as much as 10 watts at a 200 watt setpoint, however the average is always spot on the setpoint and some of that is normal variation in pedaling I’m sure, however the consistent swing over and under like a sine wave is not something I remember seeing on the other smart trainer, it didn’t fluctuate consistently, it just got progressively worse the longer you rode on it.
In Zwift it is very responsive to all the changes in grade, and doesn’t seem to overcorrect at all, and on steep climbs like the London Subway you feel every bit like you are on that grade so choose your cassette wisely!
As far as noise level, this is amazingly quiet. The drive train makes more noise than the trainer really unless you are really pushing the watts then it’s probably equal. Much quieter than the wheel on trainer that it replaced. (and you never have to worry about tire pressure) Calibration, well I haven’t had to yet – it can be done but you shouldn’t need to.
In other entertainment it comes with Real Elite membership so you can ride virtual rides with real video footage and even make your own. There are free ones you can use, or if you want the very nice high def ones you can purchase them. It comes with Alp d’Huez free– very cool.
ANT+ I have had zero problems with power dropouts or any other concerns. Bluetooth can be a bit of a pain to sync to Zwift, or to their cycling app, but it works, just a little clunky. You really don’t need the Bluetooth as well as the ANT+ performs in my opinion though. The pedaling analysis app does require Bluetooth for it to work and it worked great with my android phone until I got the 7.0 Nugot update and it along with other apps have been a bit of an issue, that’s when I started issues with the Bluetooth hookup, so it could very well be my phone and not the trainer.
Appearance is a personal preference thing, I can say mine arrived with none of the sloppy panel fit concerns I’ve read about, it’s very nice.
I do wish the front balance bar was longer for stability. I ended up putting a 5/8 inch piece of plywood under it to make it more stable as my pain cave is carpeted, although very very short carpet. Even with the Plywood, I find it feels a little tipsy compared to my other trainers like Kurt Kinetic Road Machine and Cycleops dumb trainer. I do plenty of riding out of the saddle and never felt like I was going to topple over though.
They do have a nice forum with responsive moderators to any question – although its designed in English and can’t change language preference so Google translate is your friend until you get to know it, then no issue – all the mods reply to questions etc in English if you post in English.
Net, it’s pricey but very nice, if you do lots of hard core structured training this is great. Entertainment rides on a virtual platform like zwift, great too although perhaps overkill. I’m happy with it overall, and would recommend it for the right person, but not everyone. There are less expensive options if you just want an entertaining Zwift ride and not too picky about accuracy or serious HIT training.