The Kettler Rivo P Crosstrainer – One of the Better Rear-Drive Designs

The rear drive design Kettler Rivo P Crosstrainer has a magnetic brake system with a 30-pound flywheel offering 16 levels of resistance for a smooth fluid workout.

What You Get

The large and easy-to-read blue backlit LCD display shows distance, time, speed, RPM, energy consumption, and heart rate, and also has a graphic dot matrix hill profile. You can choose from 8 pre-set workouts with adjustable intensity levels.

The features of the Kettler Rivo P include:

Kettler Rivo P Crosstrainer

  • 15" Stride Length
  • Magnetic Resistance
  • 16 Resistance Levels
  • Telemetric hand grips sensors
  • Rear Drive
  • 30.5-lb Flywheel
  • Unit wt/dimensions: 137 lbs/ 57" x 25" x 66"
  • Transport Wheels, Floor levelers
  • 285-lb. max user weight
  • Warranty: 2 years

The Word on the Street

UPDATE: As of 2021 it looks like Kettler is no longer making ellipticals. They used to have at least half a dozen models available for sale on the company website but now there is only one, the RIVO 4, and it's out of stock.

Check out our Best Ellipticals page to find a comparable model in your price range.


Built on a high carbon steel frame, the Kettler Rivo P Crosstrainer also features maintenance-free sealed ball bearings in the pivot points, a 30.5-pound flywheel, variable magnetic resistance, and a Poly-V drive belt for an ultra-smooth and frictionless workout. The Q-factor or pedal width is 8 inches. The adjustable foot plates have three positions to vary the elliptical motion.

The heart rate control programs automatically adjust the resistance level on the machine to keep you in the right training zone. The Kettler Rivo P comes equipped with hand sensors to measure heart rate, but you can add an optional ear lobe clip or a Polar wireless chest strap transmitter which is a more convenient way to take constant heart rate readings.

This model compares to the discontinued but popular Verso trainer in size and stride length, and is also one of the few German-designed Kettler ellipticals produced in China. Like the Verso, the stated stride length seems short but the actual elliptical path of the footplates measures a much more reasonable 19 inches.

Our Thoughts on the Rivo P Elliptical

While there aren’t many reviews on the new Kettler Rivo P Crosstrainer, we expect users will be happy with the smooth glide that provides a natural motion and a low impact workout.

It is ultra-quiet when pedaled and has the kind of construction that will last for years as long as you don’t abuse it. We recommend any budget elliptical like this be used for light workouts of 30 minutes or less daily. For $699, it is one of the better rear-drive designs on the market.

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