On this page we will explain the difference between Tacx Trainers. There are two types of trainers, we have Basic trainers and Smart trainers.
Basic trainers have a manual resistance lever. This way the resistance can be changed.
Speed & cadence sensor T2015:
It is possible to purchase the T2015 Speed & cadence sensor and connect a Basic trainer to the Tacx Training app. We use a powerdiagram to display Watt. This is calculated information. Your trainer will not be a Smart trainer. The resistance still needs to be change manually via the resistance lever.
Blue Twist (T2675):
The Blue Twist is the basic entry level trainer with a simple resistance unit. You set the resistance manually by selecting one of the seven positions using the swicht on the brake unit. So there is not manual control possible via the handlebar resistance lever (it is not there).
Blue Matic (T2650):
The maximum resistance is 700 watt (max 60km - 15km 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!
Blue Matic (special model with speed & cadence sensor) (T2650.VP):
Via some shops you can purchase a special Blue Matic model with a speed & cadence sensor (T2015).
You can connect the speed & cadence sensor to the Tacx Training app and choose your trainer. Then via a virtual power diagram we can calculate your power output. This is not a Smart trainer, because the resistance will not change by the program. This needs to be done manually via the handlebar resistance lever.
The maximum resistance is 1050 watt (by speed of 60km an hour). The best aspect compared to the Blue Matic and Blue Twist is that on low speed, you can get high resistance (15km - 180 watt), like climbing a mountain.
This make 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 the ten different positions on the handlebar resistance lever.
Satori Smart (T2400):
The maximum resistance is 800 watt (60km). 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. So you need to change the resistance via your handlebar resistance lever. Satori Smart can be used for Tacx apps and 3rd party apps.
- To connect to your PC, you need to have Tacx Trainer Software 4 and an ANT+ antenna
- You need Bluetooth 4.0 of higher to be able to connect the Satori Smart to our Tacx Training app or Tacx Cycling app
- For Tacx Desktop app you also need Bluetooth 4.0 or higher
- Please check the 3rd party apps for more information about which communication device you need
Smart trainers are trainers where the resistance is automatically changed to what is shown on your screen. The data that is transmitted is speed (always virtual speed), cadence and power.
Smart means your way of connection. The trainer can communicate via:
- Bluetooth 4.0
- ANT+ (Garmin, ANT+ device that can receive speed/cadence & power profiles)
- ANT+ / FE-C (Fitness Equipped Control)
More information can be found on the wireless communication page.
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, 820, 1000 and 1030) 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 and 1030 yuo can ride a GPS track indoors and the brake will auto adjust the resitance.
You can also connect a watch (Garmin forerunne) to the trainer to read your data (the watch will not be able to control your trainer).
The communication setup on all Smart trainers are the same, so read below what is the real difference.
Flow Smart (T2240) & Vortex Smart (T2180):
Wheel on trainer - keep your wheel on, but use training trainer.
The Flow Smart is sold via some retailers, but the difference with the Vortex Smart is minimum. The maximum resistance is a bit lower than the Vortex. The biggest difference of these two trainers compared to the more expensive trainers is sound (sound level is higher). This because the brake roll is small which makes more RPM then with the Bushido or Genius. There is a maximum resistance possible (depending on your weight settings).
There is a specific page on Virtual Speed. All the applications calculate the speed of a trainer based on his wattages output. The less % a trainer can climb, the more virtual speed is being used. Virtual speed is then different than your real speed. Flow and Vortex use constant Virtual Speed. See this page for more information about Virtual Speed.
Both trainers needs electricity to operate.
Bushido Smart (T2780):
Wheel on trainer.
Can go up to 12% resistance. It's quieter than the Vortex. Great feature is that no electricity is needed. When cycling, a generator will create the electricity and turning it into resistance. Long sprints are more difficult for the Bushido. Still generates more sound than a FLUX Smart or NEO Smart.
Genius (T2010 & T2080):
Wheel on trainer.
Needs electricity, but for this you also get downhill acceleration. Virtual Speed in slope rides is minimum. Sprinting for a longer time is not a problem with this trainer. Still generates more sound than the FLUX Smart or NEO Smart.
FLUX Smart (T2900):
Direct drive trainer.
Additional needed: cassette.
You take out your backwheel and click your bike in the trainer. Strong point is that the FLUX Smart is also a quite trainer under 30 km an hour. Due to the direct driver it is very easy to setup. Uses more virtual speed then the Genius and NEO Smart. It has a heavy flywheel so the feeling during a ride is very nice. Adjustments (in gear) are more needed in ERG (wattage) compared to the NEO Smart and Genius.
NEO Smart (T2800):
Direct drive trainer.
Additional needed: cassette.
This is the top trainer in the market. It has all the functions of our other trainers (without electricity as like the Bushido, downhill acceleration (same as Genius), quite, Road Feel (simulation of the road surfaces), very strong resistance.