While there is definitely great information out there about specs, power accuracy etc. of trainers and equipment (see Shane, DCRainmaker etc.) I thought it would be cool to have a thread where we can see the collected experiences of the TR user base with their trainers. The good, the bad, the ugly.
Too often, I think, we hear only about the bigger problems people have with their trainers and not the “day-to-day” stuff. Or information has to be cherry picked from different parts of the internet. I thought a thread like this could help people to make a more informed decision when looking to purchase a new trainer and learn about common short falls, issues but also positive aspects of different trainer models.
Trainer Model: Tacx Vortex Smart T2180
Price & Country of purchase: USD 370 (Europe)
Usage: Practically exclusively in Erg mode. No PowerMatch. Close to two years.
General impression: I’m quite happy with overall performance and ride feel for the money I paid. It has quite low wattage floors in Erg mode though, which leads to me shifting quite a bit to have a comfortable flywheel speed during hard intervals. It takes a little bit to figure out how to best shift / accelerate into wattage increases as well, but it’s not a big deal in my opinion.
Calibration before every ride is an absolute must, especially because i train outside (sheltered deck) and temperature fluctuations can be quite substantial. This can still lead to some problems with power consistency if there are especially warm / cold days.
Problems: The first unit broke after approx. a year and maybe 70 hours of use. The second one is still going strong after 9 Months and approx. 100 hours. I will say though, that training in sub zero (°C) conditions might have brought on these problems.
Would I buy it again? As a start into indoor training, absolutely! I’m overall happy with what i got for my money and i think it’s a decent trainer that you can make great progress on. If you spend a lot of time indoors though, I would probably go for a more accurate & silent model that has somewhat better ride feel. I will look to upgrade once I break my current model.
Would be great to hear about the experiences of others with their trainers!
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