The beauty of the Tacx i-Genius Multiplayer T2000 is that it can turn outdoor training to indoors, and still keep the high entertainment value and enjoyment. This virtual reality (VR) trainer uses Tacx Trainer software 3.0 to provide riders with the same cycling experiences that they would find when biking outdoors. This particular trainer is the most expensive model from Tacx as its hard-wearing frame and computer-driven flywheel makes the ride feel more realistic than any other trainer on the market.
- Trainer Type: VR Trainer
- Flywheel Weight: Virtual 5kg
- Levels of Resistance: 250 Slope / 999 Power Levels
- Frame Type: Wide Foot
- Resistance Type: Integrated motor brake
- Max Power: 1500watts
- Mains Power Required: Yes
- PC Required: Yes
- HR measurement: Yes (not included)
- Cables: No
- VR Cycling: Yes
- RLV and Ergo Video: Yes
- CPU: P4, Single Core 3.0 GHz
- RAM: 2 GB
- HDD: 2GB
- Graphics adapter: DirectX 9.0b-compatible with 256MB (not shared)
- Soundcard: DirectSound compatible
- Various: 1 free USB-Port
- DVD-Drive: to play the Real Life Videos
- OS: Windows XP SP3, Vista SP2 or Windows 7 (32/ 64 Bit)
The Tacx i-Genius Multiplayer sports the BlackTrack steering frame which matches the handle bar movement to that of the virtual track on screen, further enhancing the lifelike experience. The braking system is what separates this trainer from the others in the range as the motor brake allows it to simulate tough rocky climbs and sharp descents in order to provide a real and lifelike experience.
This fancy brake is not just to enhance your riding experience though, it has been designed to reduce your energy consumption too. The brake releases heat while you are riding, this is converted into a current reducing the amount of energy the trainer uses. One thing to keep in mind is that this trainer does have to be hooked up to a PC (via USB) and the mains, so consumption would ordinarily be quite high without this nifty feature.
ANT technology is compatible with the trainer so users can combine cadence meters or other ANT applications as well.
The Tacx Trainer software 3.0 is the second best thing about the Tacx i-Genius Multiplayer, after the braking system, it provides riders with five different terrains for every type of biking and films for a number of classic cycling stages such as the Tour de France. If you’d rather train on your own rides, GPS makes that easy, so you no longer have to worry about missing a session due to bad weather. Another added benefit is that you can also compete against other riders online and in real time, creating a virtual race environment. I find this to be a useful feature as it (and my ego) force me to go harder and longer because I want to win!
Despite costing over £1000 and incorporating a whole host of really great technology, Tacx forgot one important thing when manufacturing the Tacx i-Genius Multiplayer and that is the durability of design. The Bushido model had a problem with the weak plastic construction of the mount, and although I imagine this was a known design problem, this was not rectified on the Tacx i-Genius Multiplayer which is strange. This is a huge shame really as it lets down what is otherwise an amazing virtual reality trainer.
Let’s face it, if you have the money, this trainer is all that and a little bit more. You can never quite beat the feeling of grinding the real roads with your bike but Tacx certainly do come very close.