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TacxNeo 2 Smart Direct Drive Trainer
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Neo 2 Smart Direct Drive Trainer

With the Neo 2 Smart Direct Drive Trainer, Tacx updates its flagship unit with even quieter operation, giving credence to Tacx's claim that it's the quietest direct-drive trainer available. Despite the noise reduction, the Neo 2 is still a fully functional smart trainer that reproduces virtual courses in terms of inclines and declines, which we'd expect, but is also able to reproduce the feel of the surface being ridden, which is an unexpected surprise that helps to enliven indoor training sessions and sets it further apart from the rest of Tacx's trainers. (And yes, that does include cobblestones—a true blessing for those of us who get our Roubaix fix from gravel roads.)

The Neo 2 is also updated with features like improved cadence sensing, analysis of pedal stroke and power data for both crank arms, and more responsive resistance control. While those features are of immediate use, the addition of improved memory capacity and thru-axle adapters mean the unit is also future-proof, giving it digital space to accommodate future updates to firmware and features and physical space to accommodate thru-axles as the industry moves more towards disc brakes.

Changes aside, the Neo 2 returns with the same smart features that set its predecessor apart in Tacx's lineup. Its max power is 2,200 watts (200 higher than Tacx's other high-end direct-drive and wheel-on options), it measures watts to a claimed 1% accuracy (a full 1.5% sharper than the Flux 2 Smart unit and well beyond any wheel-on unit's ability), and it simulates inclines up to 25% (putting it 5% higher than Tacx's closest wheel-on unit and 9% beyond the Flux 2, its closest direct-drive competition).

The Neo 2 is 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.

  • Ride like you're outside with this smart bike trainer
  • New design even quieter than Tacx's previous Neo
  • Transmits speed, power, and cadence to various training apps
  • Top resistance is enough to tax even the hardest sprinter
  • Reproduces gradients up to 25% and mimics road surface feel
  • Sways to mimic the free motion of rear wheels on the road
  • Compatible with Shimano/SRAM 9, 10, and 11-speed cassettes
  • Includes thru-axle converters to match disc brake road bikes
Tech Specs
Tech Specs
ANT+, Bluetooth
front wheel block, quick-release, 12 x 142mm and 12 x 148mm Boost thru-axle adapters
[standing] 22.6 x 29.5 x 21.7mm, [folded] 24.4 x 10.2 x 17.3in
Recommended Use
Manufacturer Warranty
2 years limited

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What is the tool required to install the cassette?

Best Answer

search for `cassette tool' and get the one for the cassette you have. campy uses one type and sram/shimano uses another type. You should also get a chain whip if you don't have one.


  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I purchased the Neo 2 a couple weeks ago and it is my first smart trainer. Plain and simple it’s awesome. I can’t believe how smooth and quiet it is. It paired with swift incredibly easily and responds very well to changes in terrain not to mention the road effect is pretty cool.
Im not sure why people are complaining about the weight and lack of a handle. Yes it’s 50ish pounds but what do you want a flimsy cheap product? With the “legs folded up they work well enough as a handles. I travel a lot for work so just put it in old suitcase and drag it along. That brings me to coolest surprise features, it works without the power cord! Sounded cool when I was researching trainers but honestly didn’t consider it a benefit until I was traveling for work and forget the power cord

Terrible Performance and Many Issues

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The first Tac X Neo 2 they sent out overheated and was trash. They sent this as a replacement and after 3 months the power accuracy on it is TRASH.

Accuracy of the TacX Neo 2 is bad. I ran a test using two differrent logging devices (garmin). I ran my TacX Neo 2 against my stages gen 2 power meter, then against my stages gen 3 power meter, and then against the dual sided power on my giant bicycle. All three power meters agreed with each other and the tacX Neo was wrong by 9 percent. These were all 45 minute tests looking at the overall amount of kJ. The bottom line is that my TacX Neo 2 is off by 9 percent and this is unacceptable. I need a replacement as soon as possible. Thank you.

Nichole, the 9% difference is from drivetrain loss, and totally normal. It's just like HP in a car... you're always going to have more HP at the engine crank than you will at the wheels. That's an Isaac Newton problem, not a Tacx problem.

Does it come with a cassette? what do you need to purchase in order to make it work, Cassete? free hub? what tools?

Best Answer

Hi Jose,

You will need cassette and tool to install the cassette. It comes with a Sram/Shimano 11spd freehub body.

No it doesn't come with a cassette. Don't buy it, go with a Wahoo Kickr, this thing is trash.

Rock solid

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Fantastic trainer. This is my first smart trainer (not counting the dead-out-of-the-box Wahoo I started with) and it has completely changed indoor training. Coupled with one of the many software options (Tranerroad, Zwift, etc.), it makes indoor training fun. Interval workouts in erg mode are incredibly simple- no need to change gears or look at your power level, just maintain your cadence and suffer! Road surface simulator, while certainly not necessary, is a fun addition.

Great update from the Neo 1

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

The Neo 2 is a solid update to the original Neo. I was a skeptical of the claim that the Neo 2 is quieter than the Neo 1, but it really is. There's a slight hum from the unit and then my drivetrain noise. The Neo 2 is quick, solid and very consistent. Not having to calibrate and not having to plug it in are pluses, too. The added axle compatibility is a useful addition. The blue color on the base makes the unit look modern and updated. I went through several Neo 1's and this updated model has addressed all my concerns and complaints. Get the Neo 2 - you won't be disappointed.