The Tacx Blue Motion Turbo Trainer is the highest spec of Tacx’s newly launched Blue Trainer range. Although the design and build is very similar to the Tacx Blue Matic Turbo Trainer, it does however differ in wattage and the braking system.
As an entry-level trainer, the Blue Motion was designed to focus on one thing – a high powered training session to keep you fit. This trainer does not come with all the extras such as cadence and speed monitors, instead Tacx have opted to maximize the basic features so that you can get the most out of your trainer. These features include:
- Handlebar resistance lever, 10 positions
- Blue frame with solid back legs
- Universal fit for wheels with diameter 600 to 710 mm
- Easy to assemble brake system
- Brake system with 1 powerful Neodymium magnet and 1,6 kg flywheel
- Maximum resistance 950 Watt
Much like the Blue Matic, the Blue Motion Turbo Trainer is very easy to setup thanks to the quick mounting system. This is great as it means that using more than one bike is not such a mission. The blue frame itself is strong and goes a long way to providing a stable base. Those extra thick back legs easily supported me when I was doing hill climbs and sprints which is all that I ask. The legs themselves are not adjustable so you will need to find a level surface to train on.
Unfortunately, much like its brother the Blue Matic, the Blue Motion also has a very flimsy resistance lever which is a disappointment. This lever does not feel like it will last, especially under the pressure of my vigorous training sessions. This is such a shame really as Tacx have built the rest of the trainer to a very high spec.
There are 10 levels of resistance reaching 950 watts of power – recreational users will find this more than adequate. Unlike the Blue Matic, the Blue Motion’s braking system contains a powerful Neodymium magnet which is the same as the Satori braking system. This is excellent as it allows for high powers at low pedaling speeds, thus enhancing your workout and pushing you further.
As far as the ride itself is concerned, the ride quality is surprisingly smooth and somewhat realistic (as realistic as one would expect from an entry-level trainer). This will be down to the 1.6kg flywheel which does well to smooth out dead points from your pedal stroke.
The other really nice thing about the Tacx Blue Motion Turbo Trainer is that it folds down to make a very neat, flat package so storage will not be a problem.
The Tacx Blue Motion is certainly my favourite of the three Tacx Blue Trainers as you get a little more bang for your buck. The higher wattage and the superior braking system go a long way to improving the quality of your workout. If only Tacx gave more thought to the poor resistance lever, it would be the perfect entry-level trainer!