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  • Turbo time: Tacx Neo 2 smart trainer breaks cover at Rouleur Classic

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    Benchmark smart trainer gets electronics upgrade to improve ride feel and introduce pedal stroke analysis

    Photographs: Simon Gill, George Scott
    Tacx Neo 2 smart trainer, Rouleur Classic (Pic: Simon Gill)

    The changing of the clocks marks the start of turbo trainer season and Tacx has wasted little time in launching an update to its flagship smart trainer, the Neo 2, on the opening day of the Rouleur Classic.

     

    Save for the addition of Tacx’s trademark blue on the underside of the unit, the Neo 2 shares the same aesthetic design as the original Neo, considered one of the benchmark smart trainers since its launch in 2015.

     

    The changes have come internally and it’s a case of evolution rather than revolution, with Tacx updating the internal electronics to introduce a slew of new features, including left-right power data and pedal stroke analysis. Increasing the Neo’s memory also future-proofs the trainer against future software developments, with Tacx set to launch a range of additional features according to senior brand manager, Tim Bayley.

     

    “Not only does the Neo 2 have improved road feel over the original Neo, it’s now also an extremely scientific product,” adds Bayley.

    Tacx Neo 2 smart trainer, Rouleur Classic

    That improved road feel, and the more progressive application of power, comes as a result of the Neo 2’s increased processing speed, according to Bayley. The original Neo was already one of the most realistic smart trainers out there, thanks to the direct drive design spinning a virtual fly wheel of up to 125kg – the biggest of any trainer on the market.

     

    Otherwise, the Neo 2 retains many of the key features of the original trainer, including +/- 1% power up to 2,200 watts, an internal motor to simulate riding downhill and over varied terrain (including cobblestones), and near-silent operation, apparently improved over the original Neo thanks again to the updated electronics.

    Tacx Neo 2 smart trainer, Rouleur Classic

    The Neo 2 also has Ant+ and Bluetooth Smart connectivity, so you can link it up to software including Zwift and Tacx’s own app, and the trainer is compatible with quick-release and thru-axle bikes.

     

    The Neo 2 will cost the same as the original Neo (£1,199) and will be available from the end of November. You will be able to test ride Tacx’s flagship trainer through your local dealer – however, in the meantime, you can try the very first sample in the UK on the Tacx stand at the Rouleur Classic.