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Tacx Vortex Smart Trainer T2180

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Product Description

The Tacx Vortex Smart turbo trainer is ideal for enthusiastic cyclists looking to improve their performance and fitness whatever the weather. You can use the Tacx Vortex Smart to prepare for big tours or races, or simply to build your fitness.

Instead of using a handlebar mount, you connect the trainer using the Tacx Cycling App (both iOS and Android compatible) which communicates wirelessly through ANT+ and Bluetooth. 

You can ride classic races or famous Tour de France stages with the Cycle App. Create your own training programmes according to heart rate, slope or power output.

When the Tacx Vortex Smart is not connected to your smartphone, tablet or PC (with Upgrade Smart) the turbo acts like a fluid trainer with progressive resistance. The faster you ride, the more resistance you’ll face.

Review | 4.5 out of 5

“Tacx's Vortex Smart combines portable practicality and intelligent software interaction at a great price.” Triathlon Plus

Key Features

  • Software Tacx apps & Third party apps. PC software via upgrade.
  • Operation: Automatic
  • Resistance unit: Electronic
  • Realistic slope 7%
  • Max brake power (10 sec.) 950 Watt
  • Sprint power (1 min.) 750 Watt
  • Mass inertia 11,81 kg
  • Supplied with QR skewer, adaptors available for thru-axle bikes sold separately
Compatible with Zwift

The Vortex is an interactive Smart trainer with an electro brake. This resistance unit is suitable for an average training level and can reach a maximum resistance of 950 Watt. Instead of using a handlebar computer you train by connecting the Vortex quickly and easily to the Tacx apps or third party software. Of the many possible training options, you can choose the software that best matches you and your way of training.

The Vortex communicates wirelessly via ANT+ and Bluetooth® Smart for convenient training sessions using your smartphone or tablet. Performance data can be viewed on several devices simultaneously, including your smartphone, bike computer and sports watch.

When the Vortex Smart isn’t connected to a smartphone, tablet or computer, it behaves as a fluid trainer. This means the trainer behaves progressively: when your speed increases, the resistance increases as well. So it is possible to use this trainer in a “stand-alone” status.

True cycling feeling

The electro brake of the Vortex generates a realistic cycling feeling while offering all interactive functionalities.

  • 950W power
  • 7% max slope

Smart & fully connected

This trainer is connected wirelessly to smartphones and tablets and knows the ANT+ FE-C protocol, enabling you to train with Tacx apps as well as third-party apps like Zwift and TrainerRoad. You can also train stand-alone; if you do not connect the trainer, it will simulate a flat road.

Iconic shape. Optimized for stability.

  • 675x650mm footprint

Multifunctional front wheel support

The Skyliner is a front wheel support that raises the front wheel for a natural cycling position and increased stability. It also serves as a handle to carry the trainer.

Click ‘n ride

The bike is fixed in the trainer easily by two simple clicks.

Unique dual material roller

The roll that places the resistance on your rear wheel is made from two materials: a hardened steel sleeve with a soft core of elastogel. The steel sleeve prevents wear of the trainer, while the elastogel aborbs vibrations to reduce noise.

Compatible software

Tacx Smart trainers use the Bluetooth Smart and ANT+ FE-C protocol for communication which allows them to be controlled by third-party software. The software receives the speed, cadence and power from the trainer and controls the brake. Click on more information for an explanation of the compatibility and functions of each software package.

  • Tacx
  • Zwift
  • TrainerRoad
  • Kinomap
  • Skuga
  • Sufferfest
  • CycleOps Virtual Training
  • BKOOL
  • FulGaz
  • GoldenCheetah
  • Velo Reality
  • PerfPRO

Firmware upgrades

With the Tacx Utility app you can always benefit from the latest firmware for the Tacx trainer and check the connection with other devices. When an update is available, you receive a notification and you can decide whether you want to update your trainer.

Features

  • Type of trainer: Interactive Smart trainer with electric brake
  • Magnets: 8 Permanent ferrite magnets & 8 electromagnets
  • Transmission: Roller, 30 mm
  • Electrical requirements: 110-240 Volt
  • Power indicator: None
  • Connection indicator (ANT/BT): None
  • Firmware upgradable: Yes
  • Suitable bikes: Race, Tri & MTB, if necessary with axle skewer, 29" wheel with Tacx trainer tyre
  • Supplied with: Front wheel support, Quick release for road bikes and mountain bikes (5mm)

Specifications

  • Max. power (40 km/h): 950 Watt
  • Max. slope: 7%
  • Simulation of descent: No
  • Max. torque: 16.3Nm
  • Max. brake force: 48N
  • Flywheel: Actual of 1,6kg
  • Flywheel effect: 11.8kg
  • Calibration: Spin down
  • Footprint (lxw): 675×650mm (26.6×25.6in)
  • Height: 410mm (16.1in)
  • Dimensions when folded: 565×410×245mm (22.2×16.1×9.65in)
  • Weight: 9.08kg (20lbs)
  • Article number: T2180

Data Output & Control

  • Wireless communication: ANT+ FE-C, Bluetooth Smart open
  • Control by: Smartphone, tablet, ANT+ FE-C bike computers and stand-alone Connect to computer via ANT+ antenna
  • Output: Speed, cadence and power
  • Read out on: Smartphone, tablet, bike computer, sports watch, computer with ANT+ antenna
  • Accuracy: <10%

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    Turbo Trainers Guide

     
     

    How do turbo trainers work?

    Most turbo trainers work by fixing to your bike frame with a clamp around the quick release skewer of your rear wheel. This puts your bike into a position where the rear tyre will sit on the turbo trainer’s roller drum. As you begin to pedal, your rear wheel spins and the roller drum turns.


    Types of resistance

    Wind resistance

    Wind/Fan

    Magnetic resistance

    Magnetic

    Fluid resistance

    Fluid

    Electromagnetic resistance

    Electromagnetic

    A great value choice if you’re looking for your first turbo trainer.

    When you pedal, the fan spins creating air resistance. Resistance is smooth and progressive for a life-like experience.

    Magnetic turbo trainers are the most common. They use a spinning metal disc which spins relative to magnetic discs to generate drag.

    Most will have multiple pre-set resistance settings you can choose to make the ride harder.

    You change resistance either by manually changing the setting on the turbo trainer or with the use of a remote positioned on your handlebar.

    Fluid turbo trainers offer very smooth, lifelike resistance by spinning a thick fluid within a sealed chamber.

    Fluid trainers offer progressive resistance, so the harder you pedal, the harder the resistance becomes, just like real-road riding conditions.

    Electromagnetic turbo trainers are becoming more popular.

    Just like magnetic turbo trainers, these use a magnetic field to generate drag on a metal disc. However, resistance can be changed wirelessly for use with apps and devices.

    These turbo trainers give you the greatest level of control over the exact resistance you want.

    • Low budget
    • Smooth progressive resistance

     

    • Multiple resistance settings to challenge yourself
    • Max resistance settings can be very high
    • Within budget for many
    • Quietest resistance offering. Perfect to keep the family happy
    • Very smooth progressive resistance for a lifelike feel.
    • Refined resistance control
    • Use with apps and devices
    • Can generate very high resistance levels
    • Automatic resistance opens up versatile training sessions
    Wind resistance

    Wind/Fan

    A great value choice if you’re looking for your first turbo trainer.

    When you pedal, the fan spins creating air resistance. Resistance is smooth and progressive for a life-like experience.

    • Low budget
    • Smooth progressive resistance
    Magnetic resistance

    Magnetic

    Magnetic turbo trainers are the most common. They use a spinning metal disc which spins relative to magnetic discs to generate drag.

    Most will have multiple pre-set resistance settings you can choose to make the ride harder.

    You change resistance either by manually changing the setting on the turbo trainer or with the use of a remote positioned on your handlebar.

    • Multiple resistance settings to challenge yourself
    • Max resistance settings can be very high
    • Within budget for many
    Fluid resistance

    Fluid

     

    Fluid turbo trainers offer very smooth, lifelike resistance by spinning a thick fluid within a sealed chamber.

    Fluid trainers offer progressive resistance, so the harder you pedal, the harder the resistance becomes, just like real-road riding conditions.

    • Quietest resistance offering. Perfect to keep the family happy
    • Very smooth progressive resistance for a lifelike feel.
    Electromagnetic resistance

    Electromagnetic

    Electromagnetic turbo trainers are becoming more popular.

    Just like magnetic turbo trainers, these use a magnetic field to generate drag on a metal disc. However, resistance can be changed wirelessly for use with apps and devices.

    These turbo trainers give you the greatest level of control over the exact resistance you want.

    • Refined resistance control
    • Use with apps and devices
    • Can generate very high resistance levels
    • Automatic resistance opens up versatile training sessions

    What is a smart turbo trainer?

    Every big turbo trainer brand now has a range of smart turbo trainers. They are the new big thing in the indoor cycle training market. These turbos use electromagnetic resistance and can be synced wirelessly with ANT+ and/or Bluetooth Smart to your 3rd party training apps, devices, power meters and sensors. This connectivity can greatly enhance your training regime and open up fun virtual training apps to keep you motivated.

    Zwift, BKOOL and other training apps can automatically change the resistance of your turbo trainer opening up the possibility of sprint training, intervals and even simulate climbs of up to 20% gradients.

    You can also use apps to pre-load a set training plan to follow or plug-in GPS data and ride famous cycling routes from around world while viewing the route on your computer or smart T.V.


    Zwift virtual training app

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    Zwift is powerful training app where you can challenge yourself against other real-world riders to a race in a 3D virtual environment. Zwift distinguishes itself from other training apps by offering a video game-like experience with immersive virtual worlds for you to ride in. As well as structured workouts, Zwift gives you the opportunity to join group rides with other riders of a similar ability and even compete in online races. It’s a great way to mix up your training and have a bit of fun.

    Your power is measured by the watts you produce, which is then used to move you forward through the 3D environment. Speed is also adjusted by your height, weight and even the road gradient for added realism. You can learn with our Zwift guide

    Zwift is compatible with a wide range of turbo trainers, indoor bikes and rollers with ANT+ or BLE enabled. Read our Zwift Compatibility guide for more information.


    What is a direct drive turbo trainer?

    Direct drive turbo trainers work in a different way to a traditional turbo trainer. Your bike is attached to the drive unit via the cassette, so you do away with the rear wheel entirely. This does mean it takes a bit longer to setup than a traditional turbo, but you get some useful benefits in return.

    1

    The flywheel is moved to a central position

    This offers a more lifelike feel compared to a traditional turbo where the flywheel is placed behind the rear wheel.

    2

    Precision performance metrics

    Most direct drive turbos are compatible with a range of power meters, sensors, apps and devices to let you track your performance data. With no rear wheel, there is no tyre slippage or roller drum tension to cause inconsistencies in your data.

    3

    Quiet operation

    Direct drive turbos are much quieter than a standard turbo trainer as there is no roller or tyre friction to create noise.

    4

    No tyre wear

    No rear wheel means no tyre. You don’t have to make that choice between wearing down your racing tyres or wrapping a spare onto your wheel to protect them.


    What accessories are available?

    Training mat

    Training mat

    A training mat will protect your floor from marks and damage, as well as sweat. These mats help prevent you skidding around when you’re really powering through and they will soak up some noise.

    Sweat towel

    Sweat towel

    Indoor cycle training will make you sweat. These small towels will cover your top tube to prevent damage and corrosion.

    Riser blocks

    Riser blocks

    With a standard turbo trainer, your rear wheel will be slightly raised, giving the feeling of descending. A riser block will lift your front wheel for a more realistic cycling position.

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