Evolving from Tacx’s original Cycletrack, the Tacx Blue Matic Turbo Trainer is an entry-level trainer designed with the general public in mind. Essentially, this trainer is perfect for any recreational cyclist looking to keep fit during the winter without spending a whole wad of cash.
Tacx have recently launched their Blue Trainer range which consists of the Blue Motion, the Blue Matic and the Blue Twist. I guess you could say that the Blue Matic is the middle range version of the three as it is not quite as powerful as the Blue Motion but it is more powerful than the Blue Twist. Here are some of the main features that are found in this trainer:
- Handlebar resistance lever, 10 positions
- Blue frame with solid back legs
- Universal fit for wheels with diameter 600 to 710mm
- Easy to assemble brake system
- Magnetic brake
- Brake system with 8 permanent magnets and 1kg flywheel
- Maximum resistance 700 Watt
When it comes to assembling the Tacx Blue Matic Turbo Trainer, Tacx have made this easy with the quick mounting system which is a great timesaver. The frame itself is very strong and although the footprint is not especially wide, you nonetheless feel very stable and firmly in place. In fact, the frame did not wobble at all when I was doing my sprints and hill climbs which is exactly what I want.
The handlebar mounted resistance lever clamps into position with ease, although the lever itself feels pretty plasticy. My guess is that the lever will give in sooner rather than later which is rubbish. I know that this trainer is in the bottom end of the price scale but that doesn’t mean that Tacx can cheap out on the features! Grrr!
Flimsiness aside, there are 10 levels of resistance reaching 700 watts which is more than enough to give recreational cyclists a good workout. Being a magnetic resistance unit, it is not very quiet in use so it is probably best to crank up the volume or take your training session to the back room.
Because the Tacx Blue Matic Turbo Trainer is an entry-level trainer with a smallish flywheel, the ride itself does not feel very realistic and is not ultra smooth but that is to be expected. It is important to remember that this trainer is an entry-level trainer so while it will give you a good workout, it will not necessarily do it in the sleekest way possible. It goes without saying that this trainer does not come with any form of performance indicators but I just wanted to throw that in there to be clear.
An added bonus of the Tacx Blue Matic Turbo Trainer is that it folds down to be quite flat making it easy to store under the bed or in the cupboard.
I am a huge fan of the Tacx Blue Matic Turbo Trainer as it performs well and will give you a great workout. The only let down is the flimsy resistance lever so hopefully Tacx are poised and ready with lever replacements for all of us. This aside, I would highly recommend this trainer for anyone looking to do casual training during the winter months.