Powerful but simple, hassle free training wherever and whenever you want, the Tacx Bushido Turbo Trainer is one of the most advanced turbo trainers on the market.
Its not so often that something comes along that makes you stop and say, “Wow”. You may however find yourself doing just that when you see the Tacx Bushido Turbo Trainer. Not so much because of the way it looks but because of the way it seamlessly unites technology and design to create a superior riding experience.
The 2012 Bushido is the second generation turbo trainer and features a few more enhancements and functions than its earlier sibling. For example, the 2012 version comes with a new push button head unit with back light display as well as a new work power unit that can cope with the heat generated from intense workouts. In addition to this, this trainer also comes with LEDs which help to visualise your performance – the harder you pedal, the brighter the red LED will shine and similarly if you are riding at a lower intensity, the green LED will shine.
One of the resounding benefits of this turbo trainer with motor resistance is that it doesn’t need to be connected to a power outlet. More specifically, it generates all the power needed for the brake with a built in dynamo. Added to that is the fact that you have wireless connectivity between the turbo trainer and the handlebar computer which means no more cables. The benefits of this are tenfold. Setting up the trainer is done in a matter of minutes and it also means that your trainer is entirely mobile. You can take it with you for a warm up session before a race as you don’t need a power outlet.
The handlebar computer is logically arranged and outputs all the vital statistics such as power, speed, time, cadance and heart rate. In addition to this, it has capacitive keys that are waterproof and that will react to your touch. Another great feature is the way that it measures cadance. It does so by measuring and calculating the difference between pedal strokes, meaning that you do not need an additional sensor.
You also have the option to upload all of your training stats with a wireless connection to your PC or laptop which is great as you can use the training software to program your rides. The additional memory available means you can store all of your output for all of your trianing rides and track your improvements accurately over time.
View the official video clip for the Tacx Bushido Turbo Trainer:
Tacx have clearly put quite a bit of thought into this turbo trainer as it gives the user a fantastic workout that is both realistic and fully trackable. I guess if I was forced to point out a potential drawback of this trainer it would be its price as it is at the top-end of the scale. However if you are a serious cyclist looking for a trainer that can go anywhere and push you to the next level, then this is well worth the investment.
Overall the Tacx Bushido is a fantastic piece of kit. The fact that it is entirely wireless is a huge plus and of course being able to track your performance is a necessity for those of us wanting to go to the next level. This is a stable and well-built trainer built for endurance and built for performance. This gets two thumbs up from me.