On the 1st Feb, I attended The Bike Place Show at Silverstone and was lucky enough to have a go on a Tacx Neo Smart Trainer – with it being top of the range it was something I’ve never tried before, so it was quite exciting.
Being in the middle of a packed out bike show I wasn’t ready to break a sweat, but I hopped on regardless, wearing my jeans, trainers and a jumper.
My expectations were exceeded within minutes to say the least – I thought it would be unrealistic, loud and uncomfortable. For those of you like myself who have never ridden a turbo trainer before, the easiest way for me to describe this to you is that it’s like a treadmill but more interactive and for cycling.
Tacx Neo Smart Trainer
Tacx interactive trainers have capabilities that allow them to interact with apps and different types of software that mean you can record your sessions and control resistance to tailor to your needs whether it be a sustained hill effort or interval sessions that you’re after. The Tacx Neo Smart Trainer is undoubtedly one of the best around.
I rode the Neo Smart for around 5-10 minutes, and as you can see from the image above, there is no rear wheel because it’s a direct drive trainer. What’s good about this? Well, firstly your own cassette is permanently fitted onto the trainer giving you the freedom to simply pop your bike onto the trainer eliminating the wear and tear on your own wheel, tyre and cassette.