Tacx has a range of products that suits everybody needs.
The question is always. What is your goal in training.
With these trainers you are able to change the resistance manually via a lever. All these basic trainers can be used with the Tacx Videoplayer.
Blue Twist (T2675)
The Blue Twist is the basic entry level trainer with a simple resistance unit. You manually set the resistance, selecting one of the seven positions using a switch on the brake. So there is no manual control possible via a handlebar resistance lever (it is not there).
Blue Matic (T2650)
The maximum resistance is 700 watt (max 60 km - 15 km 100 watt). The Blue Matic has a magnetic brake with 10 different resistance options. You set the resistance selecting one of the ten different positions via the handlebar resistance lever. Great trainer to do easy trainings.
The maximum resistance is 1050 Watt (by speed of 60km an hour). The best aspect compared to the BlueMatic and BlueTwist is that on low speed, you can get high resistance (15km - 180 watt), like climbing a mountain.
This makes the Booster highly suitable for simulating climbs and for interval training with short, intense sprints and warm-ups before a race. The handlebar resistance lever allows you to set the level of resistance by selecting one of ten different positions.
Satori Smart (T2400)
The maximum resistance is 800 Watt (60 km). You can compare it a bit with the Booster. The biggest difference is that it has a build in speed/cadence sensor and powermeter (diff % -/+10%). This enables you to connect to apps and show data. The brake is manual controlled, so will not auto adjust when riding a mountain on your app (with the handlebar resistance lever). Satori Smart can be used for tacx apps and 3rd party apps.
To connect to our PC Tacx Trainer software you need the T2990 upgrade (ANT+)
To connect to Cycling app and Training app you do not need anything (Bluetooth 4.0)
Please check 3rd party apps which communication device you need.
Smart trainers are trainers where the resistance is automatically changed related to what is shown on your screen. So there are no manual adjustments needed.
The data that is transmitted is speed / cadence and power.
Smart means your way of connection. The trainer can communicate via.
Bluetooth Smart (4.0)
ANT+ (Garmin, ANT+ device that can receive speed/cadence & power profiles).
ANT+ FE-C (Fitness Equipt Control)
So you can connect a lot of devices and apps with our trainers (Tacx, Zwift, Kinomap, etc).
If you have a Garmin 810, then this can receive speed/cadence and power profile. It will just display it, because the Garmin 810 is not a FE-C device. At the same time you can connect via Bluetooth to the Tacx Cycling App (tablets) and climb a mountain. You can then export the data from your Garmin 810 to Garmin connect.
Garmin also has an FE-C controlled unit (Garmin 520 and the Garmin 1000) that will actually control your trainer. This means you can set a Wattage target to your trainer and the trainer will keep this wattage level (brake auto adjust). With the Garmin 1000 you can ride a GPS track indoors and the brake will auto adjust the resistance.
Check this page for all the different applications and Software programs to make your training a succes.
The communication setup on all the Smart trainers are the same, so what is the real difference in our programm.
Flow (2240) & Vortex (T2180)
The Flow Smart is sold via some big retailers, but the difference with the Vortex Smart is minimum. The maximum resistance is a bit lower then the Vortex. The biggest difference of these 2 trainers compared to the more expensive trainers is sound (the Flow and Vortex do make more sound). This because the brake rol is smaller which makes more rpm then with the Bushido or Genius trianer. There is a maximum resistance possible (depending on your weight settings).
If you weight 75 kg, then resistance when climbing a mountain will stop at 5% with a Flow Smart or Vortex Smart. After 5% there is no increase in resistance. Many programs will compensate this by lowering speed.
This being said, the speed in the Training programs will not be the same as the real speed your are cycling, but called Virtual Speed. So keep in mind that speed will not be real and above 5% there is no extra resistance felt. Both trainers needs electricity to operate.
Can go up to 12% resistance, and also has Virtual Speed. It's quieter then the Vortex. Also a feature is that you do not need electricity to use it. When cycling, a generator will create the electricity and turning it into resistance. Long sprinting is more difficult for the Bushido. If you need that then you need to go for the Genius or FLUX or NEO.
Genius (T2010 & T2080)
Needs electricity, but for this you also get downhill accelleration. There is no virtual speed in it because it can simulate climbs up to 20%. Sprinting for a longer time is not a problem with this trainer.
New product for release mid Q4 2016 is the Tacx FLUX trainer. Like the NEO it does not need your backwheel and is direct connected to the cassette. The FLUX has a 10% slope resistance (bodyweight 75 kg) and a 7 kg flywheel. It is also a very quite trainer.
If you need max ineratia feeling (cycling like outside) then the best option is the NEO smart. The riding sensation is fenomanal like cycling outside. It has downhill acceleration and is the most silence trainer in the market. The zooming sounds of the electro engine are hardly heard. Powerfull training that is the best in the Market. It can also simulate Road Feel, meaning simulation of cobble stones and other road surfaces.