Trainers & Rollers
I bought this trainer to replace an older Wahoo Kickr that was starting to act up. It is a definite improvement.
For starters, this trainer works even without power. It has a built-in cadence sensor, so there is no need for a shoe-mounted cadence sensor like the Wahoo required. And since Tacx is a Garmin product, it works with both Bluetooth and ANT+ -- no need for proprietary Bluetooth sensors. Pairing on Zwift is instantaneous. A light near the base of the trainer illuminates the floor in front of the trainer in colors that reflect your effort level -- from deep blue for easy efforts to bright red for hard efforts.
The ride quality is noticeably better than the Wahoo. The Tacx is significantly quieter, and the built-in side-to-side flex provides a more realistic ride feel, particularly during hard efforts out of the saddle. In Zwift's "ERG" mode, the Tacx does not lock in the wattage as tightly as Wahoo, which only allowed a power variance of a couple of watts. But I see that as a good thing, as it teaches you to control your wattage output by feel, rather than mindlessly letting the trainer do the regulating for you. And when you ride over rough surfaces in Zwift (such as cobbles or gravel paths), the Tacx will actually vibrate through the pedals to simulate surface rattle. You can dial in the amount of vibration you feel on the trainer's settings. Finally, since the trainer self-calibrates, there is no need to do spindown calibrations after the trainer is thoroughly warmed up, a nice time-saving feature.
Assembly is minimal, and setup is a breeze. Tacx has excellent videos available that provide step-by-step assembly and setup instructions, and the Tacx app is simple and intuitive to use. And for those not on Zwift, the app offers rides in various locations throughout the world.
Overall, this Tacx trainer is a big improvement over my old Wahoo. The only downside is that you have to supply your own cassette (the Kickr came with an 11-speed cassette mounted). But WBW's excellent sale price more than made up for the cost of a Shimano 11-speed cassette. It's an expensive trainer, but worth it for serious cyclists, particularly at the sale price. Here in the rainy, blustery Pacific Northwest, having a solid indoor smart trainer is a fitness and sanity saver. And this one is excellent.
Very late to the smart trainer / virtual cycling movement. Finally made the leap and purchased the Tacx Neo 2T, set it up with a spare SRAM 10sp cassette I had collecting dust, and signed up for Zwift. The Neo 2T is fantastic: easy to set up, smooth and quiet, simulates road feel/tension/vibration well, pairs flawlessly with all my devices, and looks beautiful to boot. Indoor training is an absolute pleasure now, and Iï¿½ve hardly missed a day of spinning in the past 3 months.
Solid product for a nice stable front wheel platform that affords different heights for challenging muscles more specifically to gradient or to make a trainer ride that little bit more comfortable. Definitely a nice little piece of kit.
Never heard of these until the morning they were released for sale last week, a spur of the moment purchase that actually shipped that night even though they were noted as backordered, I received mine today. During my inaugural ride on Zwift tonight after a remarkably easy installation I found that the inch of fore / aft free float movement radically improved the ride experience. Seems to make the bike "float" in combination with the slight side to side flex built into the Neo, even less feel of being locked in place. More natural. The ride was about 25 miles, I can see where the comfort will help on longer rides. I did not try standing or sprinting, two areas mentioned as being a weakness. Very glad I grabbed a set before they became officially backordered.