The Tacx Fortius Multiplayer VR Turbo Trainer will bring the word “exciting” back into your training as its programs and software will take you anywhere in the world. With this trainer linked up to your computer, you can visit a wide range of venues through Google Maps 3D or take part in a virtual race with up to twenty competitors. The virtual race is brilliant as you can see the other riders on the screen relative to your actual position, while tracking your distance, heart rate and other power stats.
The Tacx Fortius Multiplayer VR Turbo Trainer is very simple to use, simply plug it into your computer and the pop ups will help you as you go through the menu. Do take note that you will need XP or above to run the software and sadly it is not Mac compatible. Once you are up and running, you will be lured into the endless training possibilities. You can cycle against real life competitors or on a number of cycle routes across the globe, all while tracking your power output. Tacx take your virtual reality experience one step further by using the motor and the brake to simulate the effort you need to put in for climbs and difficult terrain. For example, when you are pedalling uphill, the trainer motor and brakes will really make you feel like you are cycling uphill. Amazing! Add to this the fact that the manoeuvrable virtual reality frame shows the movement of the handlebars on screen – all you need is the bugs or rain in your face for a full outdoor riding experience.
The software provided connects in a direct link to the Tacx homepage, so updates are easily available, meaning that the rides and parameters available through the Tacx Fortius Multiplayer VR Turbo Trainer will never be out of date. Because the trainer is linked directly to the terrain you are riding, the turns, gradient and rolling which you would experience in the real life experience are replicated on the machine. An interesting point and something that makes the Tacx Fortius Multiplayer VR Turbo Trainer sound even more futuristic is that the brake has been designed to convert the heat created in braking into current, so you are generating your own energy.
There are no two ways about it, training can be dull. With the Tacx Fortius Multiplayer VR Turbo Trainer you’ll never be able to use that excuse again. The fact that this trainer gives first class training parameters and is also designed to make the whole process a bit more enjoyable means that it is a good buy and will still be being used when other, less imaginative, trainers are gathering dust in the garage.