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Tacx Neo 2 Smart Direct Drive Trainer
Tacx Neo 2 Smart Direct Drive Trainer
Tacx Neo 2 Smart Direct Drive Trainer
Tacx Neo 2 Smart Direct Drive Trainer
Tacx Neo 2 Smart Direct Drive Trainer

Tacx
Neo 2 Smart Direct Drive Trainer

Mfg PartNum:T2850
$999.00
MSRP:$1,399.00
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Tacx's NEO 2 Smart is a fully interactive smart trainer with sophisticated features such as L/R pedal stroke and leg positioning analysis, L/R power distribution, isokinetic and isotonic training modes, and descent simulation, in addition to staple features like speed, cadence, and overall power measurement with <1% accuracy. It can be controlled through Tacx software as well as 3rd party apps like Zwift. The NEO 2 doesn't require an external power source as it generates its own energy from pedaling.

Features & Specs:

  • Immersive road feel technology.
  • L/R pedal stroke & leg position analysis.
  • L/R power distribution analysis.
  • Isokinetic & Isotonic training modes.
  • Auto-acceleration descent simulation.
  • Climb simulation up to 25% incline.
  • <1% power measurement accuracy.
  • No calibration required.
  • Max. power (40 km/h): 2200w.
  • Footprint (LxW): 22.6" x 29.5".
  • Foldable frame.
  • Folded dimensions: 24.4" x 10.2" x 17.3".
  • Height: 21.7".
  • Weight: 47.3lbs.
  • Output: Speed, cadence, power.
  • Wireless communication: ANT+ FE-C, Bluetooth Smart.
  • Control via smartphone, tablet, ANT+FE-C bike computers, computer via ANT+ antenna.
  • Readout via martphone, tablet, bike computer, sports watch, computer via ANT+ antenna.
  • Compatible cassettes: Shimano & SRAM: 8 - 11 speed. Campagnolo body sold separately.
  • Compatible axles: Width of rear fork - Race 130mm, MTB 135mm, 142mm & 148mm. Adapter for 135x10mm available.
  • Comes with: Front wheel support, QR for road & mountain bikes (5mm), Direct drive QR w/ adapter set 142x12mm & 148x12mm, 1-month Tacx software.

Returns: This product is overweight and/or oversize and does not qualify for our fixed rate return shipping label. If you need to return this item, we can offer a return shipping label at our discounted shipping rates, or you can arrange for your own return shipping.

B-Stock - This product has one or more B-Stock units available. These units can be purchased at a discount (see option select). B-Stock units were returned from other customers and may have missing or damaged packaging materials. These units are otherwise as new. The full manufacturer warranty applies. Click Here for more information.

 

Mfg PartNum: T2850 

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Technology has taken us to a wonderful place.
by Anonymous
Cycling Enthusiast
Arizona

I remember rollers and mag trainers back in the day. Sure you got a workout but they were noisy and mind numbing boring. I had heard of smart trainers but I had no idea of the level of advancement trainers had achieved. Being able to pair the trainer with an incredible number of apps that allow you to ride road courses that ones seen on TV or read about is incredible. Having the trainer adjust to the various terrain as you ride creates a challenge and excitement that the old school trainers just cant match. Not to mention the data that gets captured in terms of performance and fitness. The Tacx Neo 2 is an incredible machine of the highest quality, best of all, its silent, so when in use its disturbs no one. I would recommend this Trainer to any rider at any level.

Reviewed 3/13/2020
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Fun
by Geoffgg
Tigard, OR

Yeah I like this ... it had worked great ..

So the choice between Tacx or Wahoo.. I think the big difference is the weight of the fly wheel... so the wahoo is heavier and I guess gives a bit more feel, but the Tacx feels really great and its advantage is quicker response to incline changes, simple no calibration needed, road feel over bumps .. I dont know they are both great, I like that Garmin bought Tacx as I know itll be around for years to come ... you cant go wrong with either wahoo or tacx and Zwift is great!

Reviewed 7/4/2019
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The best for some bike
by FrankTryTri
SF bay

Best trainer by most review. But if you have thru axel, might need to think twice. It uses some adapter to convert QR to the TA dropout on your frame. I guess its structurally weaker and cause some kind of squeaking noise.

When I use other bike with QR, its silence and smooth.

The unique road feel emulation not supported by apps I tried(RGT and Sufferfest). Its fun and hope it coming to RGT.

Reviewed 3/23/2020
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Awesome, Motivating, Easy, Capable
by nrcvino
Cycling Enthusiast
san luis obispo

Love this. It keeps me excited to face the next workout. My setup is the Neo2 coupled with an AppleTV, TacX heart rate monitor, HD TV, and an old iPhone on the handlebars. So I run Zwift on the TV, and the Zwift companion app on the iPhone. I love the Zwift workouts, it is great to get power, cadence, heartrate, and TSSFTP info. Love the way the trainer adjusts to mimic the in-app hills, road textures from planks, pavers, gravel. Simple connections, smooth performance, and substantial maximum resistance. This has had me eager for more miles than any trainer before, and I am getting visibly more fit already, and understanding my power output capability and how to recover while staying underway. Now i need power/cadence sensors for the real world! (Intermediate rider with a lot of weight to lose fitness to recover.)

Reviewed 2/7/2019
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Excellent for beating the winter blues!
by ACG
Cycling Enthusiast
Vancouver, BC

This is a fantastic smart trainer for indoor training! I use it with Zwift, Rouvy and Taxc Training. No need for calibration. Just match it up to the ANT or Bluetooth sensors and you are off and biking. The Neo offers some sway on its mounting legs. This flex provides additional comfort on the saddle (i.e., prevents numb nuts) when spinning. Another advantage is it does not need to be plugged in to power. The road feel capability make this one of a kind trainer not offered in other smart trainers. It adds an additional element of enjoyment when I am busting out the sweat. Definitely recommended if you have the budget for it!

Reviewed 1/28/2019
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Great service and support
by mtoniolo
Cycling Enthusiast
Los Angeles

Great service and support. The product is perfect!

Reviewed 2/28/2019
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Great trainer but not so great TACX support
by JM
Cycling Enthusiast
PDX
2 of 2 customers found this review helpful.

Out of the box the NEO2 was smooth and quiet and worked well with Zwift. Things went south after upgrading to the latest firmware which caused erratic cadence issues with Zwift. TACX support provided me with early access to firmware that was supposed to fix this issue. Sadly it the new firmware failed to install correctly and the trainer was unusable from that point on. The reinstall process TACX support sent me didn't work. After 6 days of exchanging emails with TACX support I gave up and returned the NEO2 to Western. I am sure the NEO2 firmware issues will probably be fixed within the next 30 days but I decided I didn't want to wait.

There is a lot to like about this trainer but beware TACX support is based in the Netherlands and you are looking at 48 hour or more response times. Thumbs up to Western, they took care of me.

Reviewed 1/6/2019
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Pretty spectacular!
by Anonymous
Competitive Racer
Charlotte, NC
Review for Tacx Neo Smart Direct Drive Trainer
3 of 3 customers found this review helpful.

Wow, I'm pretty blown away with this trainer. First, the set-up was easier than I expected. I had read some reviews that said getting it set up could be a little tricky. However, I found it went pretty smoothly. There is a little bit of time investment to download the Tacx app (and whatever other cycling apps you use) and then input lots of various bits of info. But the trainer synced right up with Zwift. Ok, for the riding itself, the Tacx Neo Smart is awesome 1) it does a great job of simulating different road surfaces such as wooden bridges, cobblestone, dirt roads, etc , 2) ascents and descents are also really well-simulated, and when combined with a more realistic road surface, it really reduces the monotony of riding indoors (even with Zwift), 3) it is so quiet! And I love not having to shred a rear tire. My only complaint would be that the power info with Zwift is laggy and also lower than the the reading I get on my Garmin from the Quarq meter on my bike- I don't quite yet trust Zwift to get it right, so I have my Garmin on for a back-up. But this might be an issue more with Zwift than the trainer. I have not used the Tacx software to make any comparisons. Overall, if you are stuck inside for the winter and need to train and get prepped for early spring races, this is a great trainer to find some motivation to ride indoors.

Reviewed 12/19/2018
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So far, so good
by Anonymous
Minnesota
Review for Tacx Neo Smart Direct Drive Trainer
4 of 4 customers found this review helpful.

This has transformed winter training for me. The direct drive with Zwift compatiblity actually makes working on the trainer an enjoyable experience. The flex in the trainer is nice, Unit feels stable. Was concerned about quality issues described shortly after release, but have ridden about 40 hours without problems. Only thing I would say is that the Tacx software is not the most user friendly and the unit is cumbersome to carry around

Reviewed 1/26/2017
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This is an amazing trainer.
by creacom
Cycling Enthusiast
NYC
Review for Tacx Neo Smart Direct Drive Trainer
4 of 4 customers found this review helpful.

It is expensive, but well worth it. Let me first say that I was not a fan of trainers. I have had a few and tried others and found them to be unrealistic in the resistance and not smooth at all. Until I got these, I preferred rollers. Now I like both for different reasons. The Neo is smooth and really quiet. You bike makes more noise than this trainer does. The box and the styrofoam were badly damaged when I got mine, but the heavy unit was intact and is working well. I mounted a 10-spd Shimano cassette (with 11 teeth) using the provided lock-nut and a Shimano cassette tool. It pairs with my Garmin and provides speed, cadence, and power data.

Reviewed 12/25/2016
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Keeps me sane
by Sam
maine
Review for Tacx Neo Smart Direct Drive Trainer
3 of 3 customers found this review helpful.

This is my 3rd trainer over last 8 years or so. My first connected or smart trainer.

Paired with an app like Zwift, it actually makes riding a trainer not so miserable. Ive been averaging 5 hours a week on this one over last 3-4 weeks. I never sustained any near that amount of time on my previous trainers.

Im not sure if the spec, but it can put up incredibly large amounts of resistance. So much so that if you try to start out in the big ring up front and small cog in back...it feels exactly like it would on actual pavement and 2 wheels. The simulated pedal feedback when you ride over cobbles or dirt in your app is a pretty neat feature too.

Reviewed 12/13/2018
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Love it!!!
by Patrick
Cycling Enthusiast
Houston, Tx.
Review for Tacx Neo Smart Direct Drive Trainer
5 of 5 customers found this review helpful.

I had an older Tacx smart trainer and decided to upgrade this year. I do lots of GPS rides of routes in the Texas Hill Country and this one is much more realistic than the old one. It's also much quieter, all around just a huge improvement. After using it for 2 months I'm going to upgrade my wife's trainer as well.

Reviewed 2/16/2018
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It perfect no connection to the electric just enjoy the ride
by springdays
Cycling Enthusiast
Mid west cold rain and snow
Review for Tacx Neo Smart Direct Drive Trainer
6 of 6 customers found this review helpful.

The reason I bought this was that it worked without electric. I really like it for you can ride for hours and not notice that you are on a stationary bike.

Reviewed 12/7/2017
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Quite, tough and realistic
by Hank
Cycling Enthusiast
Portland
Review for Tacx Neo Smart Direct Drive Trainer
7 of 8 customers found this review helpful.

Very quite trainer. Using with Zwift. I like the simulated hills, and rough roads. The first time I went over coblestones, I was not paying attention and was shocked at how realistic it was. I went from basic rollers where it was tough to keep from going mad from boredom after 10min, to easily riding for an hour fully stimulated. Only issue is overheating, so I need to invest in a larger fan. Pretty expensive, but I figure it will keep me in shape through winter so hopefully it pays for itself in the long run based on my life expectancy .

Reviewed 9/25/2017
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