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Tacx Vortex

Hi all. I recently bought my first road bike and am loving it. Want to get set up with an indoor trainer for over the winter period and someone is selling a Tacx Vortex in good condition for £280.

What are peoples thoughts on this for someone wanting to use it exclusively with zwift and who is a beginner cyclist? Would I also be able to fit a MTB on it too if my wife wanted to use it also?

Thank you in advance for your help!
Stefan

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  • Yes, the Vortex will work well with Zwift, obviously with limited accuracy and slope compared with a more expensive trainer. Just got one for £200 of Gumtree for my daughter
  • Does the resistance change automatically when there is an incline change on zwift? Or is that only with the mounted wheel off types?
  • Nope, resistance is the same as a wheel off turbo. When you get to a climb things get tougher. The Vortex Smart is a solid wee turbo that works seamlessly with Zwift via ANT+ or Bluetooth,
  • They're a good starter turbo just be wary that they do have a tendency to over estimate your power output
  • Stefan_320Stefan_320 Posts: 5
    edited September 2020
    Sorry just to clarify. You're saying that when incline changes on zwift it doesn't alter the resistance of the bike?

    I understand that with wheel off setups it does change automatically making for a more immersive experience, just trying to find out if the Tacx Vortex resistance remains at a constant. Sorry if I didn't understand your answer!
  • Yes, the Vortex Smart acts the same as a wheel off trainer when using Zwift.
  • thistle_thistle_ Posts: 4,890
    edited September 2020
    Review of the Vortex Smart: https://www.bikeradar.com/reviews/training/indoor-trainers/tacx-vortex-smart-review/

    It's definitely the Vortex Smart you're looking at? I'm not sure if there was ever a dumb version of the Vortex produced (which would not automatically adjust resistance)
  • daniel_bdaniel_b Posts: 8,873
    They are ok for a wheel on trainer, but over read by circa 10%, so if you use power out on the road, be aware of that disparity.

    I bought mine new in 2016 for £227!
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  • davidofdavidof Posts: 2,407


    It's definitely the Vortex Smart you're looking at? I'm not sure if there was ever a dumb version of the Vortex produced (which would not automatically adjust resistance)

    I think you are right. It was the Tacx Satori Smart that didn't adjust resistance.
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