Tacx Neo Motion Plates (Fore-Aft)

Already have them?! Garmin USA web site shows available to ship in 2-3wks. Here in TW, nothing on the Garmin site. Asked bike shop, said they can’t even order them yet.

I’ve seen people getting them from LBS’s already on FB

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I’m giving these a hard look, was going to buy the Leeze Boom Pro rocker plate before these came out…price is almost the same, but one does lateral movement while the Tacx one does fore/aft…I’m most interested in the feel and comfort (especially re saddle).

I feel encouraged by what you write, the Tacx Motion Plates would suit me better in terms of space but ultimately it’s function over form for me.

How have the plates affected your comfort on longer rides, have you had a chance to try them in that context yet?

The two rides I’ve done has been very short due to a recent surgery, and to be fair, I barely ever do rides beyond 90 minutes. So I’m probably the wrong person to ask.
However, during the short rides I’ve done, can’t feel anything that would indicate any strangeness in that sense either. Just a bit more core work, like riding outdoors.

Also, as the Neo already has some lateral movement, you kinda get the full range now. Looking at the handlebar when riding, you can see movement in all directions. Or maybe it’s my carbon frame breaking :wink:

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I have done a couple of rides on the motion plates at this point.

First, yes they are absurdly expensive, but are a niche product, and to be honest we spend plenty of money on bicycle parts and add ons that are of questionable value. In my case, I built a DIY side to side rocker plate a while ago, but found that with my limited ceiling height it was less than ideal. I settled for the slight side to side motion provided by the Neo 2T, and just became disciplined on regularly getting OTS.

These plates take up no more room than the dampening pads I had under the trainer. The fore/aft motion is fairly subtle, but the effect is to create a decent range of motion, and interestingly with the new front block and this motion, there seems to now be more side to side motion. For seated efforts the plates work well to reduce seat fatigue (I rode an hour without any OTS to validate this), as the effort level goes up the movement increases. The only issue I have is the OTS motion, which feels a little alarming if your cadence is even remotely high. It could be this is just something that one needs to get used to, but I chose to drop the cadence more than usual to address this issue.

Overall, I am happy with the addition and if it reduces fatigue and therefore makes it easier to spend more time on the trainer, it will have been a good investment.

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Right on! Sounds like a win overall.

For the OTS riding, do you have a guess as to the cadence you used or what is typical for you?

I found that a cadence in the low to mid 60’s was best, and anything over 70 seemed to create instability, I plan to play with it more as it might just require one to be smoother than I typically am in order to not create excessive motion. Typically for harder efforts my cadence would be in the 60’s, but I regularly hop OTS and ride at around 80+ just to shake out and alter my position for a while.

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Interesting. For reference, I do LOTS of standing at 60-75 rpm on my E-Flex. I am using only half the fore-aft centering springs as the stock unit, because I like a more “free” motion. Depending on your upper body use, it can get a but out of hand at higher cadence, but that is fairly individual.

The look of the Neo motion plates is a shorter range of motion, and seems loose just off center, but I suspect it either ramps up shortly off center. That or people pushing the limits will hit the hard stop which is more likely to lead to odd sensations vs the motion leading to that rapid stop of motion.

That said, centering forces related to fore-aft are sure tricky from my testing and can impact the experience greatly if they don’t align well with the rider and their preferences.

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Totally agree

I was back and forth about getting them, then with 12% off @ wiggle and some bday vouchers, just thought what the hell, agree with you, they are totally over priced (but cheaper and smaller than the alternatives) but thats part and parcel with being into cycling

I did notice that even when seated they are affected by pedal smoothness, hopefully this will encourage / help me sort mine out, as it has been getting worse

I struggle with OTS on Turbo, and with limited experience, it did seem a little easier, again with little experience, it did seem to reduce fatigue

Overall happy with my purchase

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So your normal cadence when doing harder efforts is in the 60s? and you only get into the 80s if you stand up?

I think they meant all of that being OOS

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Yup.

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Have used the motion plate w the Tacx 2 for a month. They were given to me as a gift. I’m not sure I would have purchased them on my own before however I can say after a month I would pay for them for two reasons

  1. Comfort on the bike. I was really getting saddle fatigue. The lack of motion on the trainer I think was the issue. This is now gone. I didn’t expect that

  2. The motion plate reveals where your peddle stroke sucks. As soon as you stabilize the peddle stroke the motion plate settles - when you start neglecting quadrants - perceptible motion (undesired) picks up. I’ve found this pretty helpful.

Ok I know they are expensive but what isn’t in cycling? I think im a convert. Especially bc indoor training is almost my exclusive training for 4-5 mo of a year

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Right on! Those comments are right in line with what we see from those and other F-A motion solutions.

Glad to hear that you’ve seen gains and reward from them. Thanks for testing and reporting your results. :smiley:

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