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Tacx Neo Smart Trainer

Item # TAC0026

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Item # TAC0026


The smart one.

The Tacx Neo Smart Trainer represents a new paradigm of training functionality. It's a true direct-drive machine that Tacx claims is the quietest, most realistic trainer to date. This realism even extends to mimicking the virtual road surface with compatible training apps, which is something that not even the Genius trainers can do. It's Bluetooth and ANT+ compatible, and it receives resistance and terrain input from Tacx's own software, Zwift, Kinomap, Skuga, Trainer Road, FulGaz, The Sufferfest, Cycleops Virtual Training, BKOOL, Golden Cheetah, Maximum Trainer, Perfpro, and VeloReality. It's also compatible with Garmin's 520 and Magellan's Mio 505 head units.

  • A cycling trainer that makes you feel the road
  • Tacx's quietest, most realistic unit to date
  • Syncs with various apps for interactive training sessions
  • Mimics gradients up to 25%
  • Compatible with most 9, 10, and 11 speed cassettes

Tech Specs

Bluetooth, ANT+
[base] 750 x 575mm
Recommended Use:

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Avg. ride time: 5h 18m per week
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  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This machine works. Biggest pro is that it is quiet. Use it with the CC Merlin, as well as a CAAD 12. No complaints with fit. Sits in one place in the house and so not a lot of moving. Have moved it to the garage (Texas) for heat acclimatization and it isn't convenient to carry, but not impossible. Has a one-up on other trainers in that you can use it without plugging it in. I use this with Trainer Road and it works. Erg mode is relentless opportunity for adaptation. Had it for about a year, putting about 4-7 hours on it a week, no issues. Strong recommendation for those looking for a quiet, reliable, accurate indoor trainer.

Extremely nice machine

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I had a Wahoo Kickr (1st generation) which I really liked. It was a bit noisy and I live in an apartment. My wife was complaining about the noise from the other rooms - so I decided to swap it out for the Neo. (This was before the Kickr Gen 2 came out - which is supposed to be substantially more quiet). I like this machine marginally better than I liked the Kickr.
- Virtually silent
- Works like a charm
- Looks like a rocket ship - so cool
- Realistic feel when riding over cobbles and planks - also cool
- Feels more "life-like" due to magnet drive vs. flywheel on Kickr. Makes downhill more realistic

- A little tougher to mount my bike than it was with the Kickr
- Price
- Setting up and breaking down takes longer and is slightly awkward due to a lack of a handle and the way the legs open and shut. It's not easy to break down and to move around. But if you just leave it in one place - no big deal.

I would give it a 5 if not for the breakdown/setup issue.