Tacx Neo 2t downhill drive

Before I contact support, I wanted to confirm what the proper functioning of downhill drive on a Tacx Neo 2t looks like in Zwift. Mine definitely does not behave like the original model shown on GPLama’s demonstration. My flywheel slows to a stop within a minute or so of freewheeling on a descent and I don’t perceive any inertial help when I start pedaling again. Has the function changed since the original model, is there a setting I need to change?

First, are you connected to external power?

That is necessary for the downhill drive to function.

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Thanks. Yes. i am. What motion there is immediately stops if unplugged. I made a recording to share with support if needed and made sure to capture the unit being powered.

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Downhill drive is nothing more than hearing your freewheel turning when you’re not pedalling. The force it applies for the ‘drive’ isn’t much at all, not enough to change the ride feel in any way.

That video you’ve linked was from 6 1/2 years ago. iirc Zwift changed something to stop the Neo flywheel when the rider stops not soon after that.

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Thanks for your reply. I figured that things may have changed in the interim. I think I resolved my issue, though, by altering the trainer difficulty setting. Previously, it was set between 1/3 - 1/2. When I took the slider to 100, the down hill drive keeps the flywheel turning quickly as long as the avatar is on a descent.

What had prompted me to check on things is that I have not enjoyed the ride feel of the Neo as much as my Kickr 2017. I never feel like I can get on top of a gear like I could on the Kickr, and the sensations through the pedals feels notchy instead of smooth. Of course, until today, I had left the trainer difficulty where is was with the Kickr. I will play around with it to see if there is a setting I like better.

Thanks again!

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