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Tacx Vortex Smart T2180 Turbo Trainer

£403.70
In stock (10+)

  • Ordered now, delivered on Wednesday
  • Free tracked delivery
  • Trustpilot review 9.3 out of 36.878 reviews

  • Uses ANT+ to communicate with your computer.
  • Uses Bluetooth Smart to communicate with your smartphone or tablet.
  • Compatible with 3rd party software such as Zwift, Trainerroad, and Kinomap.
  • Easy to store because of the collapsible legs.
  • The trainer is extremely stable, even when you're really standing on the pedals.
  • Your rear tyre will wear out quickly if you don't use a trainer tyre.
  • No PC software included.
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Brand Tacx
Wheel size
  • 26 inch / 27,5 inch / 28 inch / 29 inch
Type of brake
  • Electrobrake
Maximum resistance
  • 950 Watt
Series
  • Tacx Smart series
Connectivity
  • Smartphone / Tablet / Computer
Datatransfer
  • ANT+ / Bluetooth Smart
Power needed
  • Yes
Available software
  • 3rd party apps / 3rd party PC software / Tacx Cycling app
All specifications

The Tacx Vortex Smart trainer allows you to train in your own specific way. It's entirely up to you to choose what training level you wish to combine with which training options. The Vortex Smart comes without a head unit, as you can connect your own preferred device instead, for instantly by pairing your smartphone or tablet. New is the open ANT+ FE-C protocol, which allows third party software to control the trainer via ANT+. This allows you to train using software like ZWIFT, Kinomap, or VirtualTraining.

Natural Road Simulation

The Vortex Smart is fitted with a strong electric brake which can offer up to 950 watts of resistance. This enables the trainer to simulate gradients of up to 7%. An electric brake is an advanced braking system controlled by software and capable of providing you with a realistic cycling feel. The Tacx Vortex Smart is entirely wireless apart from the main power cord. The trainer uses both ANT+ and Bluetooth Smart to communicate with external devices. The included Skyliner front wheel support raises your front wheel to the same level as the rear.

Note: All our turbo trainers come with a Euro plug. A UK plug or adapter is not included.

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Delivery includes

• Tacx Vortex Smart
• Skyliner front wheel support
• Tacx Quick Release
• Manual

Note: All our turbo trainers come with a Euro plug. A UK plug or adapter is not included.

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Wheel size 26 inch / 27,5 inch / 28 inch / 29 inch 26 inch / 27,5 inch / 28 inch / 29 inch 26 inch / 27,5 inch / 28 inch / 29 inch 26 inch / 27,5 inch / 28 inch / 29 inch
Type of brake Electrobrake Motorbrake Electrobrake Electrobrake
Maximum resistance 950 Watt 2000 Watt 1500 Watt 1600 Watt
Series Tacx Smart series Tacx Smart series Elite Qubo series
Connectivity Smartphone / Tablet / Computer Smartphone / Tablet / Computer Smartphone / Tablet / Computer Smartphone / Tablet / Computer
Datatransfer ANT+ / Bluetooth Smart ANT+ / Bluetooth Smart ANT+ / Bluetooth Smart ANT+ / Bluetooth Smart
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9.0 / 10

43 reviews
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Pros
  • Price (2)
  • Easy to set up (1)
  • connected instantly to ant+ (1)
  • Delivery (1)
Cons
  • Very loud at 600 watts (1)
  • Vibrates occasionally when in high resistance. (1)

Most recent reviews

Greg, 20 January 2017

Great unit

NO problems so far easy to setup and connect with ant+ would recommend.

Pros
  • Easy to set up
  • connected instantly to ant+
Cons
  • Very loud at 600 watts
Sebastian, 15 January 2017

Great Service and great Product

Everything was as described on a website. Quick delivery!

Pros
  • Delivery
  • Price
  • Quality
Sam, 14 January 2017

Awesome for indoor training

Can't fault this turbo. Running it with zwift is making a real difference to winter indoor training

Pros
  • Quiet
  • Folds away nicely
Manuel, 11 January 2017

TacxCelent

Excelent Smart Trainer to engage with Zwift.

Pros
  • Silent
  • Engagment
  • Price
Philip, 3 November 2016

Great but careful on assembly

Great kit. Great service. Make sure you watch setup video on the internet to make setup a doddle. Very pleased.

Wheel size
  • 26 inch / 27,5 inch / 28 inch / 29 inch
Type of brake
  • Electrobrake
Maximum resistance
  • 950 Watt
Series
  • Tacx Smart series
Connectivity
  • Smartphone / Tablet / Computer
Datatransfer
  • ANT+ / Bluetooth Smart
Power needed
  • Yes
Available software
  • 3rd party apps / 3rd party PC software / Tacx Cycling app
Adjustable resistance
  • Yes, Software controlled
Charging plug
  • EU
Gradient Simulation
  • 7%
Compatible with Boost
  • Optional, adapter required

Detailed product description

Convenient Tacx Skyliner front wheel support

The Tacx Genius Smart T2080 is delivered with Tacx Skyliner front wheel support. Apart from a wheel support you can also stuck it in the trainer to bring it easily and conveniently and store it. You also use the front wheel support as a handle to pick up the trainer easily.

Easy in use

The Tacx Genius Smart has a robust frame and is incredibly stable, even during interim sprints. Apart from that it is easy to put up and the bike can be fixed in the trainer with two simple actions. The roll (on which the rear wheel rotates) is made of hardened steel with a soft core made of elastogel. The steel outside prevents wear of the roll, and the elastogel absorbs sound and vibrations.

3rd Party Apps (via ANT+)


The Tacx Smart trainers can be used with various software packages, such as ZWIFT, Bkool, TrainerRoad or Kinomap. The new open source ANT+ (FE-C) protocol lets the software operate the trainer. Depending on the selected software, you can base your training sessions on power or speed, go on video rides, or roam freely in a virtual world.

Tacx Cycling App (Via Bluetooth Smart and ANT+)


In order to optimise your training session, you can use the Tacx Cycling App. The app is simple and easy to use, and freely available from the App or Play store. The app allows you to relive videos of legendary climbs and stages. It also allows you to create your own training programmes using the Catalyst function, which can be based on heart rate, gradient, or power. The app also offers pre-installed conditional tests and training sessions. The training data is displayed during your training, and stored as well so you can review it afterwards (iPad only).

Additional information

Available software
• Tacx Cycling App (free of charge) (via Bluetooth Smart or ANT+)
• 3rd Party apps (via ANT+ FE-C), such as Zwift, Bkool, Kinomap or TrainerRoad.

Interactive trainer
• Includes Skyliner front wheel support
• Cadence and balance measurement without sensors
• Satori frame with sturdy front legs
• Easy to install brake system
• Compatible with 26 to 29 inch wheels
• Use with the Tacx Cycling app and other 3th party apps like Zwift, Bkool, TrainerRoad or Kinomap
• PC or laptop optional (upgrade)

Electric brake
• Integrated brake system with 8 magnets
• Maximum resistance 950 Watt
• Gradient simulation of up to 7%
• Smooth pedalling because of the 2 kg flywheel

Training with the Tacx Cycling app
• Catalyst training programs based on gradient, power, or heart rate
• Video Rides during which the resistance is controlled by the app to match the video
• The software for smartphones is a stripped down version of the Tablet Software (see pictures)
• Android tablets and smartphones only use the stripped down version of the app

Compatibility Tacx Cycling app:
• Apple iPad 3 and up (Bluetooth Smart)
• Apple iPhone 4s and up (Bluetooth Smart)
• Apple iPod touch 5
• Android version 4.3 and up
• An ANT+ dongle is required for devices without Bluetooth Smart