Elite’s New Aria Smart Trainer Fan: First Look

Today at Eurobike, Elite was showing off their new Elite Aria smart trainer fan. Or, maybe it’s trainer smart fan. Or, fan for smart trainers. I don’t know the proper phrasing, but, it’s a fan that integrates with your smart trainer setup via ANT+ & Bluetooth Smart. This allows you to control the fan speed based on your heart rate, speed, power, or even body temperature (with a CORE Body Temp sensor). Atop that, it’s got carbon filters on the air intake side, to clean the air before it blows it on your face.

Since this is just a quick Eurobike first-look post, this isn’t a full review. Rather, like most trade-show floor posts, it’s a look at the specs and my initial thoughts.

Starting off with the unit itself, it’s functionally in the same vein as what Wahoo has with their Wahoo Headwind fan that was released 4 years ago this week. Meaning it’ll pair up to your trainer or heart rate strap to use those parameters for controlling the fan speed. So in theory, the faster you go (speed increases), it could increase the fan power. Or, if your heart rate is higher, it’ll increase the fan speed. Not everyone prefers that arrangement, but some do. However, Elite has added a twist here by adding in the CORE body temperature sensor integration. That’s the sensor that’s used by almost every WorldTour Pro Cycling team.

IMG_0879

For all these sensors it’ll default to pairing via ANT+, so it doesn’t block any Bluetooth Smart channels. But for heart rate you can also pair it via Bluetooth Smart using the app. Further, the app will allow for configuration of the exact fan speeds to HR/power/speed/body temp ranges you want. The app also allows for manual control via Bluetooth of the fan. I’d guess that for the vast majority of Wahoo Headwind fan owners (including myself), it’s the simple act of being able to start your fan from your saddle, when you realize 12 seconds into the race you forgot to press start (and getting off your bike at the 12-second marker would kick you out the back of the race to a hopeless death of a finish).

However, if you have a better memory than the goldfish brain that I have, then you can always just use the buttons on the top of the fan to control speed, or which particular sensor is controlling it.

IMG_0877

Meanwhile, on the left/right sides of the fan are two filter pads. These carbon filters are custom-made from Elite, specifically to try and balance being able to have substantial airflow versus not filtering anything. In a nutshell, they couldn’t find off-the-shell filters that they liked that struck that balance. Either the filters were too wimpy on the filtering front (but allowing tons of airflow), or too strong on the filtering front (and thus providing no/little rider airflow benefit).

IMG_0886

That unfortunately means filter replacements will have to be bought from Elite (or their retailers/distributors). At the moment they don’t have pricing for filters available. And the exact replacement recommendations aren’t finalized yet, but of course will depend on how dirty your existing air is. I suspect in a garage/shed setting, it’s probably going to need more frequent filter replacements, than inside an already air-filtered (by another central system) living room or something.

IMG_0889

In terms of the fan feel, sitting on the bike (or standing in front of it), it felt pretty similar to the Wahoo Headwind on full blast. I don’t have exact throughput numbers from Elite yet, but it felt in the general ballpark as the Wahoo Headwind.

On the unit itself, there’s adjustability to tilt up/down, as you can see in the video above. And you can pick it up using the faux-leather handle at the back. This same handle is found on the Elite Justo Smart Trainer and Elite Rizer gradient simulator.

IMG_0896

Finally, as for pricing and availability, Elite is estimating it’ll arrive in January 2023, and the price should be 290EUR. How that price translates into USD isn’t something Elite is willing to predict this far out. The biggest factor that typically impacts Elite’s USD pricing is the cost of shipping. But of course the recent changes putting the US Dollar nearly at parity with the Euro will also likely impact that too. Point being, expect that pricing a bit later this year.

Either way, once I’ve got a final unit on-hand, I’ll put it through its windy paces to see how it handles, just like anything else. I’d assume to expect that later this year. With that, thanks for reading!

Post a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked.
If you would like a profile picture, simply register at Gravatar, which works here on DCR and across the web.

You can click here to Subscribe without commenting

Add a picture

*

13 Comments

  1. ArT

    It’s good that there is competition. Why so late. But I thought the Elite would be cheaper than the wahoo. Looks weird. Wachoo prettier. Plus for height adjustment. I am waiting for the test, let it not hum like Wahoo at low speed. This is the main disadvantage of WAhoo.

    • Andreas

      Looks is highly subjective, I wouldn’t call the Wahoo pretty. I like that Elite is doing something different with their Rizer, Justo and now this fan.

      Wahoo isn’t height-adjustable. Only thing you can do is flip out the legs which also changes the angle. It’s binary – either use legs or don’t. Wouldn’t call that adjustable, while from the video it seems like the Elite Fan is totally adjustable with the rotation piece.

    • ArT

      I gave a plus for height adjustment for Elite 🙂

  2. Nuno

    Kudos to elite by implementing control with power, not just heart rate or speed. Price is too high tough ….

  3. Pavel Vishnyakov

    I get that there’s filtering and smarts to auto-adjust the airflow, but 300EUR for essentially a fan seems a bit over the top.

  4. Roberto

    Stand fan with remote control is between 50 and 80EUR… honestly where is the value ? I know that the cycling industry is lately pushing into an “affordable luxury” concept, but …

  5. Maybe someone should take a misting fan and add support for rainstorms to the cycling apps. 😉
    Maybe a KickStarter idea? Although one would have to use it in a location where getting wet didn’t matter.
    Ryobi 18V ONE+ BUCKET TOP MISTING FAN KIT link to ryobitools.com

  6. Heinrich Hurtz

    Had to hunt through the vid to see what the fan’s business end looked like. Not that it’s amazing or anything, just wanted to see it from a similar perspective when riding with it.

  7. fisao

    290? no.

  8. Andy

    Wowzers – that’s an expensive fan. Whilst conceptually the idea of having the fan speed based on Core Temp is quite appealing to try to manage within a core temperature zone (particularly if you are trying to get some heat acclimation benefits from pushing your core up) but given that most people will just have the fan on full whack (and least once they get warmed up), there’s not much that this really offers that presumably you can’t get with a decent industrial fan and a bog standard 20 £/EUR/USD smart plug!

  9. RunnerGuy

    Cyclists will buy anything I guess. I run on the treadmill, I use a regular retail fan and put it on the fastest mode, has worked for me for 7 years.

  10. Doug G

    For a second I thought Elite produced a new portable BT spaker.

  11. Luxa Toyt

    The Aria Smart Trainer Fan is a new type of fan that uses AI to keep you cool and comfortable. It senses your body temperature and adjusts the speed of the fan accordingly to create a cooling effect and now it is an easy task to check here the best term papers at reasonable prices. This new technology is especially beneficial for people who are particularly sensitive to heat, or who are active outdoors in hot weather conditions. It can also be helpful for people who have trouble sleeping because of the heat.