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Tacx has the i-Genius Multiplayer which seems nice and I like their video options. It's quite expensive especially since I might need a Win7 pc (or new graphics card in my MacBook Pro with Core i7, 2.66Ghz, GeForce GT 330M, 4GB Ram with Bootcamp but not sure about that).
Anyone using the i-Genius or the new Tacx 4.x Advanced Software (with or without a Mac?)
Have to say Im a little dissapointed with the product. I noticed the power values seemed to be way off. I recently compared the TACX power values with ones coming from a quarq pm which confirmed that. When you start the session the Genious is about 100W off and by the end its about 50W off. The resistance when going "uphill" is very uneven and impossible to ride. I dont know how TACX messed this feature up because the Fortius worked quite OK. Only way I can train on steeper VR gradients is by reducing the "resitance power" to about 10%. So when riding up the up 12% gradients the resitance is reduced to 1.2% which smooths the lumps out. I can still do hard intervals this way so it meets my main purpose.
I have contacted TACX about this (seems like a lot of people have had this issue). They say this will be corrected in a firmware update to be released soon.
I think it still beats training in pouring rain and the VR videos really do help making the experience less tedious.
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It has the H2 geo......one step racier than a hybrid bike
- Buy a crank or wheel based power meter which you can calibrate and use on the road
- Buy an ipad to watch videos and listen to music
- Buy a cheap (relatively speaking at least), quiet magnetic turbo trainer to turbo train
However if you must get an integrated solution, then the Wahoo Kickr and an ipad is the turbo to get. It makes the Tackx offering look rather dated. See their website or dcrainmaker for details.
Or if you simply are one of the majority that run Android or the minority who runs Win.
I think a "ready" setup is the best for lazy people (I know one)
I just sit on the tacx and run a program no cheating out just do the run watching TV.
Find it very helpful when doing Tabata training like I do all winter (20 sec on 10 sec off again and again)
think it would be hard to get it right without pre programming.
I don't think my next trainer would be a Tacx though, shitty support etc.
add: Tacx is still 32bit to my knowledge (mine is) worth noting if you intend to buy a new OS.
So I'm seriously outdated...
edit: but then it does not mention anything about 64bit on any other place than a sales info on the i-genius.
you probably want to check that up before buy any new trainer. My old one refuse 64bit that I'm sure of.
I too have a TACX fortius and although I have used it allot in the last two years, the software is getting expensive. Now you need a license for google earth as well.
I saw the powerbeam in action @ interbike and they now have a VR site that is just starting up.
Here is a good review of the unit and software.
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