The Elite Sterzo steering device has been popping up at trade shows and bike events recently and Elite tell me will soon be available for consumers to purchase. Now the Sterzo all which I have a demo unit of here is lightyears ahead of my kind of embarrassing homemade device that I Put together when Zwift first released steering on their mountain bike course. This one is just a simple pivot plate a bit of hard cardboard there and This is pretty embarrassing. So I’ll put that away and we’ll focus on a real product. That should do a much better job So the Sterzo features a return to Center mechanical Movement. So it wants to return to center just like a bike riding out on the road It wants to go straight and progressive resistance. So it’s harder up here than it is down around here And again, it’s harder to turn a bike further than it is To turn it not so far. I’m the spec sheet It does say there’s 34 degrees of movement this way and this way, but we probably won’t be using even half of that indoors testing this out. It’s only a slight bit of movement that we need for that gamification of steering. The Sterzo is also angled to match your head tube angled and your fork rake So your bike won’t creep forward. If you put a bike on a flat plate it’ll sort of creep forward as things steer so this has a little bit of angle to it to make things nice and steady when steering.
Now this unit is a mechanical only version so it will need to be paired with a smartphone with Accelerometers on something like Zwift to allow that steering to take place in game. This is only for the movement. A few months back over at Elite HQ in Italy I did have the chance to have a look at a Sterzo in action, but there’s nothing like getting one in Llama Lab and on my bike. So today that’s what it’s all about Let’s get to it Okay, here we are just about to enter the mountain bike steering course Just off Titans Grove press sideways to that and We’ll soon be getting our steer on Nice little warm-up out here three point five kilometers of undulation and here we go Just here to the right We have the mountain bikes racked up We don’t have to change bikes it will automatically assign us a mountain bike as we roll here into the steering park There we go If I want to test it, absolutely, that’s why we’re here. Let’s go. Okay Center your bars. They are centered Done alright, five, four, three, two, one. And it’s on. I mean very subtle but It’s all we need to steer. This works really well. This works a lot better than my lazy susan and that return to center Is the key. That’s what I didn’t have on mine. oh, that’s yeah okay, sensitivity wise we could play with it probably a little, but that’s It’s only subtle movements but for the game that’s all I need. Yeah, come on where’s my good line reward? Yeah, here it is Alright That was ok line was it. I forget to change gears I’m having too much fun steering. Oh No! That would have been a virtual wipeout I’m sure, or a real wipeout in a virtual world. Now the camera angle does change on this to more of an overhead View so you can pick what’s coming. Oh that is That is working perfectly now Over the rocks here slow down again. There we go. Nice line. Thank you So just the subtlety of the camera angle change when things get technical is really welcome 136 watts okay, let’s just Not go too hard today The end gets really hard on this And we’ll save some for later on Okay Good that’s That’s the experience. I think we’re looking for when they first put this in game That front end freedom and the accuracy. Now, that’s an iPhone 10 Doesn’t appear to have too much drift Or any at the moment. We’ll see how it goes near the end, but that’s That’s allowing you to be really precise I’m going to say the level of concentration on this course is so much more than anything else on Zwift Just that subtle turn works, oh and the resistance I’ll try and breathe quietly. All right On to the more hillier sections We find when I’m really putting the power down and see if the steering gets any twitchier. that was fine That sensitivity Is spot-on I think Because on a bike you’re not steering a bike outdoors, you’re also leaning the bike So the subtle steering works Working for a workout too. It’s putting me to the sword. All right Are we there yet? ha So the steering block under the front wheel I’m not even looking at at the moment even know how much it’s moving Here we go. Technical Yeah nailed it There we go Because my concentration is just up the road Cameras up higher again That’s really cool that works so well So just the log there we go goes to the line, yeah Loving it, I Think we’re coming up to a four and a half or five years on Zwift And I’ve done this before but when you add something new…look at that! railed it! When you add something new to it like that I’m like a kid in a candy store. I can say that about most things Lots of new stuff out for bikes that I really enjoyed riding Ok No drift on the phone That’s locking me in straight and going straight Happy days Quick turn sweet. Back there dude, back there. Is it drifting now? NO. Sweating buckets here with the fans on low. I Might have to do another lap after this with the camera off the fans up so I could enjoy it a bit more I do for the fans on lower so you can Hear me talk. if I can talk On to the ash at night Grab some the tail Oh One-handed steering haha It’s busy busy, well it’s concentration 15% No worries Wow Okay, pumping on the pedals nothing’s drifting the steering I can slightly twitch the wheel you get that turn Almost got the full moon power up come on There’s no easy ride at 100% trainer it really isn’t Haha, that’s cool I’ve had a few different experiences with a steering module the The first one was good the second one where I use an old iPhone 6 Not so good This takes the cake No question That return to Center is the key It’s meant to be a test course for fun I’m sweating buckets Get out of the saddle It’s not throwing that off at all. except my gearing 12% urgh. Can hear crickets Okay, so the towel my top corner whoa Oh turn All right, almost there Wow, I’m being slaughtered it start off as a bit of fun I Can see the birds in 4k now We’ve this updated system alright So fast down hills Let’s see how gnarly they get If gnarly is still a word Showing my age, here we go. Twist twist twist outside bad line hook it Yeah Done Okay, so my quick overview there after you saw me right through and have a tonne of fun that is the best steering experience I’ve had with Anything I’ve used under the front wheel. This is a for purpose device So, of course it’s going to work a lot better than our hack together a little Tool that I’ve made in the past from things from the homewares section but That’s good to go. So there we are the Elite Sterzo steer-so. A steering block in action They should be out soon the mechanical ones What I want to see is all the digital stuff built into that so we don’t have to have this phone Anyway, it’s a five-star rating from me five star five thumbs. Let’s go And do it again. Oh, hi. Thanks for watching this one Remember to hit subscribe to be alerted of new videos coming up on this channel and hit thumbs up Like I just did then on that experience. I’ll see you soon