Tacx Neo Smart T2800: Initial impressions

We just received our first Tacx Neo Smart units!

Out of the box this unit could not be simpler to set up, simply unfold the wings, plug it in (optional and more about that later) and voila! You will need to install your own cassette and it supports all your favorite cassette options. One thing to note is that even is you are using a Shimano or SRAM cassette you will need a Campagnolo cassette lockring tool, or you can come on in and have us install it for you! Once that is done its time to ride! This thing is quiet (video coming soon) so if noise is a concern the Tacx Neo Smart is hand down the leader in the industry. The main source of noise while on the Neo is your drive train, so a well maintained set up will keep you running quiet. The ride quality is amazing, smooth, and responsive. I will be writing and in depth review as I pack on the winter miles, and fun miles they shall be, Indoor training is no longer the boring chore it used to be as the Neo supports several of today’s best training options such as, TrainerRoad, Zwift, and Tacx own TTS4. You can read more about the different options over at DC Rainmaker Trainer Software Roundup

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The NEO Smart offers the best in power and intelligence and is the quietest indoor trainer currently available on the market. The lack of any physical transmissions means this is the first true direct drive. Road feel is simulated in a highly realistic manner, there is no loss of power. The powerful motor is able to apply resistance up to 2200 Watt and simulate slopes realistically up to 25%. It also speeds up during descents. This ensures the most realistic cycling experience, also during climbs.

The lack of any physical transmission, and in turn any parts that could rattle or rub against each other, ensures this trainer is extremely quiet. In addition, this trainer requires no calibration and suffers no wear and tear. Just like other Smart trainers, the NEO communicates using ANT+ and Bluetooth Smart, allowing it to be connected quickly and easily with Tacx apps. Performance data can be viewed on several devices simultaneously, including your smartphone, bike computer and sports watch.

When the NEO Smart isn’t connected to a smartphone, tablet or computer, it behaves as a fluid trainer. This means the trainer behaves progressively: when your speed increases, the resistance increases as well. So it is possible to use this trainer in a “stand-alone” status. Furthermore, the Tacx NEO features Plug in/Plug out technology and can therefore be used with and without a plug. When the plug is not in use, the trainer will act as a wireless motor brake. This means the trainer will be not be able to speed up during descents. So you can use this trainer anytime and anywhere, even when you don’t have your smartphone with you.

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