Tacx Vortex Smart review
The Tacx Vortex Smart combines interactive smart technology with the convenience of a fold-down trainer and a very good price. It’s easy to set up and use, with a steady feel and instant changes in virtual gradient resistance.
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Tacx Vortex Smart overview
- Electric-motor resistance controlled by Zwift, TrainerRoad or other apps
- Easy to use with single-lever clamps for tire and rear axle
- Folds down relatively flat
- Decent power measurement for a wheel-on trainer
- Relatively quiet at steady state but loud at max efforts (73dB at 200w/80rpm; 90dB max)
- 950w max power
- 7% max slope
- 20lb / 9.1kg
Tacx Vortex Smart set up and ride impressions
The Vortex Smart is easy to set up, especially once you have adjusted the axle clamp for your bike’s width. From there, you just flip the blue lever open and shut to get your bike in and out, and do the same with the blue paddle for the tire roller.
Connecting it wirelessly is similarly easy — apps such as Zwift and TrainerRoad can find it on ANT+ or Bluetooth. (I recommend Bluetooth for a more stable experience.)
The Tacx app can be used for training, but I would recommend that you use it for calibration and then use your favorite app.
For a wheel-on smart trainer with a relatively light (1.6kg) flywheel, the Vortex Smart has a good feel, and it responds quickly and smoothly to resistance changes.
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Tacx Vortex Smart verdict
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