Almost all manufacturers of bike trainers are launching their new, already announced, products for this indoor season. The same goes for Tacx: the FLUX S is already for sale and the FLUX 2 and NEO Bike are on its way. But then, out of the Tacx blue, there was the surprise introduction of the NEO 2 Smart! Read on to find out more about the new pinnacle of indoor trainers.
The good old NEO Smart is, as we all know, without question the most silent, realistic and accurate bike trainer available. However, we haven’t been idle since the launch in 2015. Our product developers have been racking their brains on how to make this indoor trainer even better. Mission impossible for most, but not for them! They surpassed themselves and were able to renew and improve this premium bike trainer.
Something new, something blue
So, what’s new? The biggest changes were made underneath the surface. The NEO 2 Smart is equipped with an improved and faster chipset, enabling a smoother and more responsive control of the NEO motor. This results in a quieter (yes, they made it possible, so read it again: QUIETER) indoor cycling experience and it paves the way for new and immersive features. With the new Pedal stroke analysis feature, you can improve your power distribution and cycling performance significantly. We’ve made this possible by adding a capacitive left and right detection sensor, enabling this bike trainer to measure the exact position of both your legs. This is just the first of many new features, which we will reveal in the near future.
Never change a winning team they say, so from the outside we didn’t change anything. We’ve only painted the underside blue, just like the FLUX 2 Smart, so you can clearly see it’s the successor. And by supplying this direct drive trainer with extra axle adapters, the axle compatibility is significantly increased. It’s compatible with 142x12mm and 148x12mm, straight out of the box.
The familiar NEO Smart features are still there, such as Road Feel, with which you experience the vibrating sensation of riding on cobblestones, gravel and many other road surfaces (in Tacx Films and Zwift). And what about that exciting feeling of accelerating into a descent after you’ve reached the top of a mountain? That is what is exactly simulated with the Descent simulation feature. Also, like the NEO, it is equipped with Dynamic inertia. In contrast to the mass inertia of a flywheel, Dynamic inertia compensates for weight, speed and angle of inclination, improving the cycling feeling significantly. With the Isokinetic and Isotonic training modes you train on a fixed power or speed to improve your pedal stroke. These modes are available for free in the Tacx Utility app. Check this article to learn more on these training modes.
This trainer is equipped with the same powerful resistance unit as the NEO, being able to simulate incline gradients up to 25% and sprints up to a whopping 2200 Watts. What differentiates the NEO series from other trainers is the maximum resistance when cycling at low speeds, small gears and very steep climbs. In this way, you’re able to simulate realistic hill climbs. So, if you virtually climb the Alpe d’Huez, your legs will complain just as they would on the real climb outdoors.
Only real direct drive trainer
In contrast to all other indoor trainers and direct drives, there are no physical transmissions (like a belt) or other internal or external influencers on the power measurement. That is why the NEO 2 Smart is the only REAL direct drive trainer available (the same goes for the NEO Smart of course). It measures your power across the entire operating range accurately within 1%, making sure you that your data is accurate and reliable. And because of the lack of physical transmissions, it is extremely silent and there is no need for maintenance and calibration. Isn’t that what we all want, in the end? Read this article to find out more about the NEO technology and what it makes so special.
One smart cookie
As its name suggests, the NEO 2 Smart is a fully interactive Smart trainer. It measures your speed, cadence and power, and can be controlled by Tacx and 3rd party applications. The trainer connects wirelessly via ANT+ (FE-C) and Bluetooth, allowing you to train with your favourite cycling applications. The intuitive LEDs on the side of this trainer show when it’s powered and connected to a device over ANT+ or Bluetooth and whether it’s connected to mains power. The power indicator underneath the trainer changes colour based on your training intensity.
Updating the firmware to the latest version can be done easily with the free Tacx Utility app, so you can always make use of the latest improvements and features. The Smart electronics also allow you to train stand alone, without any software connections. The resistance follows a progressive power curve, in accordance with cycling on a flat road. Speeding up means an increase of resistance.
The NEO 2 Smart doesn’t require an external power source as it generates its own energy from your cycling movement. Therefore, you can train anywhere you want, like on holiday or a training camp! Its frame allows for a few degrees of movement to the left and right while cycling, so it follows the natural course of your body, improving the cycling feeling. The frame is easily foldable to a small size and when folded, the legs act as two handles for easy transportation.
Visit our website to find out more or, if you can’t wait any longer, order the NEO 2 Smart right away!