When looking at the competitive marketplace in this category, the Tacx Genius is priced slightly high (in comparison to other high end trainers). And even higher once you add in many of the individual costs (such as the annual Google Earth costs). Additionally, the lack of openness in the platform today makes it less appealing long term and companies are shifting towards providing a more open platform (for example, the Wahoo KICKR, and resent statements from CycleOps around adopting the same control platform for their trainer). But their software package as a whole is the most complete in the industry, and the most advanced out there.
While personally I rarely had any of the software issues in connecting Ray has had, I have noted several similar in the tacx forum posts, but I found my own to be fine. My own tip here is to make triple sure your computer has the ooomph in it to power the software.
Our initial idea was to train and race with friends from remote during wintertime. Well, we nearly never did that. Not because we didn´t take the time. But it is not easy to get ready to a certain point of time. You have to prepare yourself and your bike nearly like you do for an outdoor session. Plus you have to get connected to the computer, get the software working, have the licenses accepted and be lucky that the tacx multiplayer server is available with full functionality. We hardly never got all this going together. If, by chance, we really started a race in multiplayer mode it never worked like we expected it to work. There are a lot of settings you can vary with tremendous influence on your performance. 35 mph avarage speed or 20mph top speed on a road can be the effect if you, by chance or intentionally, calibrate or adjust wrongly. Additionaly, a lot of evenings in December the multiplayer servers weren´t working properly. So we gave up the multiplayer thing.
I already listed my PITAs earlier in the thread. Since then I gave another chance to Tacx and paid for Google licence. But Street View does not work. I checked both TTS3 and TTS4 forum on forum.tacx.com. The only difference between the users of the two software versions that TTS4 users at least heard some rumors that it would be fixed in 4.7, while TTS3 users gave up saying that Tacx was focusing only on TTS4.
Hi, very good review thanks, I bought my Tacx I-Genius last september and it has been working so nicely, no problems what so ever, i have been using it almost every day in the cold winter in Montréal. I have bought some Tacx film, but mostly i have been creating routes with the google licence, it is very amazing, also i was able to download my last summer rides that i have done and save with Endomondo apps on my Samsung Galaxy, so all the rides i have done are now on my tacx trainer, so i could chose so many different rides to train all winter long. 45min. to an hour a day of Tacx trainer with always a different scenery, best of all is the analyser in the software, you are able to see the ameliorations of your training with the watss per kg, of each training. Very Good trainer.
Well I have a Fortius Multiplayer trainer and am now on my 3rd brake unit which itself has now broken. I am beginning to feel paranoid I have only just upgraded the software and purchased the google licence and will now have to wait ages for a new brake unit. Does anyone know of better Turbo trainers I am fed up with Tacx
My solution involves Chromecast hardware and the software Mirroring360 ($12/device), and there is no lag with great picture clarity. There are a couple caveats. It is $12 per device so if I wanted to setup on my MacBook, iPad, and Android phone the total would be a total $36. The licenses is good until I upgrade my devices or computer (might have to look at pro pricing $30/year for multiple devices, considering I am usually changing out least one phone, tablet or computer evert couple of years ). Also I still need to interact with the trainer app on the source device, meaning it has to be in reach to the my bike setup.
I could never get the bkool units to get more resistance over 6% slopes for my heft. Wahoo kickrs are kicking my arse though they still max out, for me, at a lower point than the claimed max. There is no way I could ride a 18% slope with the power I have at my weight. But I can and have done on several software platforms with all 4 trainers. It is the software that works out the resistance levels for the input weight.
After using and wearing out dumb trainer over the past 40 yrs I bought a smart trainer. I have been using the Tacx software as I prefer the great selection of real on road videos, no cartoons for me. I have the route running on my tablet and something with action like a hockey game on TV. Biggest decision is where I want to ride (virtually that is). 2b1af7f3a8