Zwift compatible turbo trainers are in demand. Why? Because Zwift has made turbo training not only effective but fun as well.

Looking back I have to laugh, having spent hours of my life in the 90’s and early 2000’s training on a turbo trainer with only my mental visualisation as motivation. There was a simplicity to training back then and to be honest I quite enjoyed the sessions.

When I purchased coach Troy’s Spinervals DVD set, at the time that revolutionised my turbo training experience!

 

Why Choose Zwift Compatible Trainers?

 

Today I want to give you a whistle stop tour of some of the best Zwift compatible turbo trainers that I think might be worth a look in if you’re considering a new purchase.

When consistency counts in terms of training and exercise, it is important to find a training method that you will want to do regularly. Zwift makes turbo training more interesting and while it isn’t the only way to train the fact that it is entertaining is certainly a bonus.

 

Zwift Setup

Pairing Your Turbo Trainer Via The Zwift Mobile Link

 

Pairing bluetooth  devices via the Zwift mobile link is simple. Here’s how:

 

Is Buying Zwift Compatible Smart Trainers Essential?

If you’re thinking of buying a smart turbo trainer then you are part of the huge increase in Zwift use globally. This not only means getting a smart turbo trainer is becoming an essential, not just a bonus.

Only a few years ago the options for turbo training were limited, but now we have the technology that makes this kind of trainer accessible. This is great for the consumer because it means you get a great experience and your performance will benefit. While you have other choices the decision to buy a smart turbo is pretty a good one so it’s really just a matter of finding the right one.

Getting the most bang for your buck from your Zwift means using it regularly so considerations such as noise and connectivity are important. Sometimes training is hard enough without wasting half an hour getting things to connect, and you don’t need your spouse asking you to keep the volume down each time you get into your groove.

 

Choose Your Zwift Smart Trainer Set Up

 

 

Zwift Compatible Turbo Trainers From Tacx

 

Tacx Vortex

Taxc offer some of the best turbo trainers and their entry level offering is the Vortex.  The Vortex is an interactive Smart trainer that is fitted with an electro brake. This resistance unit is suitable for an average training level & can reach a maximum resistance is 950 Watts. The trainer also connects to a PC, tabet or smartphone.

Tacx Vortex Smart Trainer

Features Of The Vortex

 

  • Interactive Smart trainer with electric brake, which includes Skyliner
  • Suitable for tablet/smartphone with Tacx’s Cycling app
  • Resistance unit: Electro
  • Realistic slope: 7%
  • Max brake power: (10 sec.) 950 Watt
  • Sprint power: (1 min.) 750 Watt
  • Mass inertia: 11,81kg
  • Pre-installed fitness tests
  • Free app for iOS en Android
  • Analyse scores afterwards

 

The Tacx Vortex Turbo Trainer In Use

Instead of using a handlebar computer you train by connecting the Vortex quickly and easily to the Tacx Cycling apps. If you want to train with a PC or laptop you can purchase the Upgrade Smart. Of the many possible training options, you can choose the software that best matches you and your way of training.

The Vortex communicates wirelessly via ANT+ and Bluetooth® wireless technology. You can attach your tablet or smartphone to your handlebar with a special bracket (optional). The Vortex (T2180) Smart Trainer is compatible with various open third party software platforms, as well as the free Tacx software, that will help and make your training session much more fun and realistic.

The Vortex communicates wirelessly via ANT+ and Bluetooth® wireless technology. You can attach your tablet or smartphone to your handlebar with a special bracket (optional). The Vortex (T2180) Smart Trainer is compatible with various open third party software platforms, as well as the free Tacx software, that will help and make your training session much more fun and realistic.

The Vortex is a great mid range offering and can be purchased online from Wiggle here.

 

Tacx Bushido Turbo Trainer

 

The Bushido is the interactive Smart trainer from Tacx and is extremely user-friendly. Instead of training with a handlebar computer you can connect the trainer to the Tacx Cycling apps quickly and easily via your tablet or smartphone.

Tacx Bushido Smart Turbo Trainer

 

Features Of The Bushido

 

  • Interactive Smart trainer with electric motor brake
  • Includes Skyliner
  • Suitable for tablet/smartphone with Tacx’s Cycling app
  • Software: PC/laptop Tacx Cycling app
  • Realistic slope: 15%
  • Max brake power: (10 sec.) 1400 Watt
  • Sprint power: (1 min.) 750 Watt
  • Mass inertia: 60kg
  • Resistance: Magnetic
  • Bluetooth Enabled: Yes
  • Ant+ Compatible: Yes
  • Trainer Type: Smart Trainer

 

Feature Overview Tacx Cycling App (Tablet)

  • 10km demo film
  • Determine partial course
  • Free training (slope, watt and HR)
  • Training programs, also to customise
  • Pre-installed fitness tests
  • Free app for iOS en Android
  • Download through Apple Store and Google Play Store
  • Analyse scores afterwards

 

Feature Overview Tacx Cycling App (Smartphone)

  • Free training (slope, watt and HR)
  • Free app for iOS en Android
  • Download through Apple Store and Google Play Store
  • Compatibility of the Tacx Cycling App: Apple iPad 3 and higher, iPhone 4s and higher, iPod touch 5,
  • Android version 4.3 and higher

 

It’s electric motor brake, with a maximum resistance of 1400 Watts, ensures smooth pedaling, even during steep climbs. You can connect the trainer to your tablet or smartphone, but if you also want to train with a PC or laptop, you can purchase the Upgrade Smart.

The Bushido powers itself and is therefore completely wireless, it doesn’t even need a power cable. Just like the other Smart trainers, the Bushido uses ANT+ and Bluetooth® Smart technology to communicate with the connected device. You can attach your tablet or smartphone to your handlebar with the Tacx bracket for tablets (optional).

Tacx Cycling App

The Tacx Cycling app for tablets and smartphones are quick and easy to use. With the Tacx Cycling app for tablets you can ride classic cycling races and legendary stages. You can also create your own training programmes and train according to heart rate, slope or power output, or use the pre-set fitness level tests. All your performance data is measured and displayed while you are cycling and stored so you can analyse them at a later stage.

The Tacx Cycling app for smartphones allows you to train freely based on heart rate, slope or power output. Your performance data is displayed while you are cycling in form of ‘dynamic’ graphs. The applications for tablets and smartphones can be used in combination with any interactive Tacx trainer, in some cases an upgrade is needed.

Download the Tacx Cycling app free of charge from the App Store or Play Store. There are applications for iPads, Android tablets, iPhones and Android smartphones. You can order and download Tacx films using a Tacx Cycling app for tablets. The films of the Tacx Cycling app cannot be combined with films of the Tacx Trainer software.

Electric Motor Brake

The motor brake is the most advanced resistance unit that provides the most realistic cycling experience. The resistance is dynamically controlled, it is constantly calculated and adjusted in order to simulate natural road resistance.

When calculating the brake resistance all physical formulas a cyclist encounters on the road are applied to reach a true situation. Air and rolling resistance, gradient percentage, weight, air pressure, wind speed, temperature, altitude, inertia and brake properties are all taken into account and calculated hundreds of times per second to achieve a realistic feel.

Tacx trainers feature a dynamic control of the braking force. Other trainers use a flywheel to pass the dead centre, Tacx trainers constantly adjust the resistance to simulate the most natural handling. Thanks to the dynamic braking system virtual climbs become real challenges.

Electric Motor Brake – LED Lights

The motor brake is equipped with LED lights that move to the rhythm of your cadence. The red lights light up when the power output is high. When the power output is low, the green lights are more visible.

Cadence and Balance

The Bushido works without a cadence sensor. The cadence is derived from the variation in force on the pedals and recorded by highly accurate electronic sensors. Also the balance, the difference in the force exerted between the left and right leg, is measured continuously. With the right balance you will reach an optimal pedal stroke.

Buy the Bushido from Wiggle.

 

The Cheapest Zwift Trainer

The Tacx Satori Smart Trainer

 

The Tacx Satori Smart trainer is a one of the more basic turbo trainers for Zwift but nonetheless uses complex technology to measure your speed, cadence & power. This data can then be displayed on either a Tablet, Smartphone, or similar device. The Satori is suitable for simple training sessions or endurance training.

Tacx Satori Zwift Compatible Turbo Trainer

Features

 

  • Skyliner block included
  • Suitable for training with apps on Tablet, Smartphone etc
  • Transmits speed, cadence and power via ANT+ or Bluetooth Smart
  • Steel spindle with sound deadening rubber compound
  • Quick release bike mounting
  • 10 levels of resistance via handlebar mount
  • Max resistance 1000 watts
  • Packs neatly when not in use (foldable)
  • Resistance: Magnetic
  • Bluetooth Enabled: Yes
  • Ant+ Compatible: Yes
  • Trainer Type: Smart Trainer

 

Specification:

  • Battery operated (supplied) with life approx. 5 years – user changeable
  • ANT+, Bluetooth and FEC compatible (basically automatically works with all wireless protocols)
  • Brake power: 950 Watt
  • Mains: none, battery operated
  • Wheel: 700c, 26″ to 29″ (29″ with Tacx trainer tyre only)

Works with:

  • Garmin GPS (520 with updates for others soon)
  • i-phone, i-pad, Android and PC

 

Compatible software:

  • Tacx apps (free) and PC software plus full open software programs such as Zwift, TrainerRoad, Kinomap,
  • BKOOL

 

Ideal for:

  • Indoor winter training
  • All year, indoor power measurement and testing
  • Warming up/cooling down at events

 

Tacx Satori smart turbo trainer is a turbo trainer with a built in wireless technology that reads Speed, Cadence and Power. This can be read by all types of third party hardware offering the rider unparalelled accesses to technology that will enable the chance to track, monitor and improve performance with each ride.

Use the Satori Smart trainer during the cold Winter months, miserable and wet days, all year round training and testing. No mains operation meaning it’s battery operated and ideal if warming up is critical before competition or cooling down is required after an event.

You can use this trainer either by (1) ride using third party hardware and software to monitor performance (2) ride without connecting to third party hardware and instead use the 10 levels of resistance as standard.

The Satori Smart Trainer is compatible with various open third party software platforms, as well as the free Tacx software, that will help and make your training session much more fun and realistic.

You can purchase the Satori trainer online from Wiggle.

 

One Of The Best Turbo Trainers For Zwift

Tacx Neo Direct Drive Smart Trainer

 

This offering from Tacx is one of the more expensive Zwift compatible turbo trainers availabe, but is also one of the best. If money is no object and you really do want the best turbo trainer for Zwift then it’ll certainly be a no brainer.

One of the higher end Zwift compatible turbo trainers the Neo features a silent, powerful and accurate direct drive delivering ultra quiet and highly realistic road feel. The Neo can be used with/without mains power and is suitable for training with apps on Tablets and Smartphones.

 

Tacx Neo High End Smart Turbo Trainer

Top Features:

 

  • Skyliner block included
  • Suitable for training with apps on Tablet, Smartphone etc
  • Can be used with a PC, but optional with the purchase of their Upgrade Smart kit
  • The freehub body (10/11 speed) is for use with a Shimano cassette
  • No high speed running noise and no vibration ensures the Neo is truly the worlds quietest trainer!
  • Clamp the rear stay into the trainer just as you would a wheel
  • Max resistance 2500 watts
  • Totally stable with a foldable construction
  • Resistance: Direct Drive
  • Bluetooth Enabled: Yes
  • Ant+ Compatible: Yes
  • Trainer Type: Smart Trainer

 

The Tacx Neo Smart is their top-end, high-performance trainer to date. Extremely quiet, it is a powerful device to help your training and uses their latest technology and direct drive system to do this.

Just like other Smart trainers, the NEO communicates using ANT+ and Bluetooth Smart, allowing it to be connected quickly and easily with Tacx apps.

The trainer automatically communicated in all signals and can, therefore, be easily connected to a tablet, smartphone or GPS computer to have your training data in view.

Using a tablet even makes an interactive training possible, e.g. with training programmes or videos. The Neo Direct Drive Smart Trainer (T2800) is compatible with various open third-party software platforms, as well as the free Tacx software, that will help and make your training session much more fun and realistic.

Get a great deal on the Tack Neo at Wiggle

 

Quick Round Up

 

Buying a Zwift compatible turbo trainer is a great option for the winter months when riding outside is more tricky. And unlike the late 1990’s, Zwift now makes turbo training fun and I would go as far as to say that having a trubo trainer is now an essential part of your cycling and training experience no matter what your level.