Coming from: Kickr Snap. General comments after a couple hundred “miles” so far:
- It’s a direct drive trainer, not a wheel-on like the Snap. This is great because you don’t have to worry about tire pressure, wearing out tires, and noise/drag.
- Among the different brands of direct drive trainers, the Tacx Neo seems to be the most user friendly:
1. You never have to calibrate it or warm it up before riding – I had problems with my Snap on this. Now I just plug it in and go. This is easily my favorite feature. Even though this only takes 10 minutes or so for other trainers, it gets annoying after a while.
2. You can use without a power source if you need to
3. It has some other nice other options that aren’t make or break but still actually pretty cool (Tacx specific app, Zwift road feel feature)
Shortlist of Pros:
- Super easy to use
- No calibrating
- Feels about as much like actual normal riding as you’re going to get
Shortlist of Cons:
- There’s a new Neo 2, but the improvements seem marginal based on what I can tell.
If I were recommending a trainer to someone, happily would recommend the Neo or Neo 2 as long as price wasn’t the biggest factor in the purchase.