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TacxNeo 2T Smart
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Closest Thing to the Road with Zwift
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I spent a lot of time researching this vs. similar Wahoo options and although I’ve not done a straight up comparison I have to say I am extremely happy with the TACX Neo 2T. I’ve put about 1,500 km on this to date with Zwift and I really enjoy it. Set up was dead easy, Zwift integration was seamless. I ride 10,000-15,000 km a year and really prefer to ride outside. I’ve had other indoor trainers in the past and done spinning classes but ... not so interesting. The Neo 2T is about as close to the “real deal” on the road as I can imagine when riding indoors. When riding in Zwift it is not only a lot of fun but an awesome workout. Really happy with it and looking forward to many many thousands of kilometers of training and racing when its just a bit too snotty or frigid to ride outside. Yeah, ok, snigger if you like, but I’m 60 years old, been riding and racing all my life, and I can tough it out in crappy weather with the best of them and sometimes take perverse joy in that extra suffering but to be honest the Neo 2T and Zwift make indoor not only tolerable but fun.
I was split for a long time between this and the Wahoo KICKR. Ultimately every detailed review I read said to get the Neo 2T. Now that I have it, it is incredible. The wide stance is extremely stable. It replicates the feel of the road whether flat, cobbles, wood etc. most importantly, when the grade is negative it allows you to coast and spins the freehub. When you start to pedal it will be easier at a negative grade which dramatically increases realism.
I paired it with the Tacx video library of basically every big ride in Europe and love it. I am extremely glad to have paid the extra 200$. The inclusion of a cassette is just a marketing gimmick for other brands. This is a serious trainer and you will want to select your gearing for it appropriately.
Lastly, it is made in the Netherlands if you are conscious of where your products come from.
So far so good
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Good upgrade from a 3 year old Snap. Very quiet and easy to set up. No need to calibrate is awesome, especially when you get on the bike with 30s to go before a Zwift ride ( happens more often that I like). Early days yet but with harsh winters in NY this is going to be worth the expenses.
CP customer service very good as usual. Only complaint is that the box arrived completely damaged. I understand its a heavy item but I did not expect UPS to treat it like that. Not Tacx/CPs fault but deducting a star nonetheless