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wahoo kickr gen 1 vs tacx flux

Posted: Wed Sep 26, 2018 10:57 am
by chris47
So i in the market for a direct drive smart trainer.
I can pick up a used gen 1 kickr for 700 usd/ 600 euro or i can get a brand new flux for 660 usd/ 560 euro.

I read loads of horror stories about tacx flux machines having issues with the belt system. But i also read that tacx fixed this issue on later batches, and since i am getting one this late i think i can avoid this issue?

Also noise levels are VERY important to me because i live very close to other students.
Which trainer would you guys go for? or do you have other suggestions?

wahoo kickr gen 1 vs tacx flux

Posted: Wed Sep 26, 2018 10:57 am
by Weenie

Re: wahoo kickr gen 1 vs tacx flux

Posted: Wed Sep 26, 2018 11:22 am
by mattr
I've had a batch one fail (almsot immediately on delivery) and a batch two with the revised design fail (after 11 months).

Now using a Neo.

Re: wahoo kickr gen 1 vs tacx flux

Posted: Wed Sep 26, 2018 11:25 am
by chris47
So probably best to avoid the flux even after the redesign?

I think the wahoo gen 1 looks pretty good. Seems like it has a solid track record but just wary about the noise any experience

Re: wahoo kickr gen 1 vs tacx flux

Posted: Wed Sep 26, 2018 12:00 pm
by MisterNoChain
I have a Kickr1 and of course it's louder then the newer generation but it doesn't bother me.
I put some music on and the noise only gets loud when I go downhill on zwift. I'm a light rider with an ftp of 260, I you push 350w all the time it's probably more annoying.

Re: wahoo kickr gen 1 vs tacx flux

Posted: Wed Sep 26, 2018 12:25 pm
by mattr
Have a look at the flux owners group on facebook, see how many posts you have talking about component failure now. Last time i was on there (December 2017, when my second one shit its guts out), you'd have one or two a day.

Re: wahoo kickr gen 1 vs tacx flux

Posted: Wed Sep 26, 2018 12:38 pm
by chris47
Yup that is grim. Steering clear of that one. Thanks for the warning :)

What about the direto. more expensive than the kickr gen 1 but seems to be much more quiet.
Cant seem to find any specs on the gen 1 kickr. Anyone know the max gradient, flywheel weight etc..

Re: wahoo kickr gen 1 vs tacx flux

Posted: Wed Sep 26, 2018 4:15 pm
by kode54
is the Kickr Core an option? its suppose to be as quiet as the latest Kickr.

I have the Kickr gen1 and its a bit noisy.

Re: wahoo kickr gen 1 vs tacx flux

Posted: Wed Sep 26, 2018 4:24 pm
by chris47
It looks really good but it is stretching my budget a bit. I can afford it but i am not sure i am willing to pay so much for a trainer. Unless you guys have seen some place selling the core at a good price in europe. From my searching they all retail for 799 euro

Re: wahoo kickr gen 1 vs tacx flux

Posted: Wed Sep 26, 2018 5:08 pm
by Dannnnn
I had three of the later Flux designs. All three broke within 10 hours of use.
Upgraded to a Neo after that.

If you are willing to take a chance and potentially be without a trainer for 2 weeks then go for the flux.
You might get lucky with one that doesn't break.

Re: wahoo kickr gen 1 vs tacx flux

Posted: Wed Sep 26, 2018 5:13 pm
by LiquidCooled
Have you thought about the new Kickr Core? It's $899, direct drive, silent (like the new Kickr). It's probably what I'd buy today if I hadn't bought a Kickr last year.

Edit: just saw Kode54's post saying basically the same thing...

Re: wahoo kickr gen 1 vs tacx flux

Posted: Thu Sep 27, 2018 2:48 am
by TobinHatesYou
Same as others. Stretch your budget and get the KICKR Core, or get an Elite Direto.

Re: wahoo kickr gen 1 vs tacx flux

Posted: Thu Sep 27, 2018 12:13 pm
by Frankie - B
If noise is an important thing, get the neo. I have had some seriously good workouts on it with a baby sleeping in the room next to it. Babies arent the worlds best sleepers.

Re: wahoo kickr gen 1 vs tacx flux

Posted: Thu Sep 27, 2018 9:11 pm
by LiquidCooled
Apparently the new Kickr and Kickr Core are even quieter than the Neo.

Re: wahoo kickr gen 1 vs tacx flux

Posted: Thu Sep 27, 2018 9:15 pm
by TobinHatesYou
They are quieter under power, slightly louder when coasting.

Re: wahoo kickr gen 1 vs tacx flux

Posted: Thu Sep 27, 2018 9:15 pm
by Weenie

Re: wahoo kickr gen 1 vs tacx flux

Posted: Fri Sep 28, 2018 6:33 am
by mattr
That's impressive, most of the noise from my neo is drivetrain and me breathing.
The fan is louder.