Let me just say from the start that the Tacx i-Genius T2020 is a great piece of equipment and has grown in popularity thanks to the advanced software and front wheel support. This trainer provides users with a virtual training programme which makes training in the privacy of your own home all the more lifelike. However and perhaps strangely, it does not have a multiplayer license, which is a bit of a disappointment.
- 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
- Cables: No
- VR Cycling: Yes
- RLV and Ergo Video: Yes
- Accessories inc.: Skyliner
- Wide foot trainer frame
- SoftGel roller
- High Power resistance units
- Increased levels of resistance
- Motor Brake
- Fully wireless ANT technology
- Innovative VR, RLV and GPS software
- Tacx Trainer software V3.0
One of the best things about the Tacx i-Genius is the software that comes with it to make your training a realistic and lifelike experience. Nothing beats actually climbing the hills, getting out there and getting muddy, but that’s not always an option in this temperamental climate. Fortunately, the VR software provides the challenges and variety that we are after without the hassle of getting wet.
The version 3.0 software provides riders with five different animated terrains for just about any type of biking as well as a number of films of classic cycling stages such as the Tour de France. If you prefer to ride what you know, 3D maps and GPS can link up to provide you with the tracks that you use most.
In addition to providing you with a number of terrain options, this trainer will also give you accurate readings of your heart rate, speed, power, and cadence while you are on the go.
The wireless motor brake and flywheel work together to generate really high power at relatively low speeds, and are able to recreate the climbs and descents that you would experience whilst out on a ride.
The turbo trainer is very easy to use; it needs to be plugged into an electricity mains socket and the PC via a USB cable. However, thanks to the wireless communication between the brake, user interface and PC, the rest of the trainer is cable-free.
I am a huge fan of this trainer but if I had to point out a disadvantage I would say that it is the price. Although there are lots of features and technology built into the trainer, the price could be seen as a barrier to many of us. But, it does elevate your training sessions to a new and diverse level so it really just depends on where your priorities lie.
The software is certainly the main attraction to this trainer as rather than staring at four blank walls, you get to enjoy the sights of animated races and terrains, providing additional stimulation and motivation. Would I recommend this? Without a doubt, this is a great piece of equipment that makes indoor training both interesting and invigorating.
Recommended System Requirements
Processor P4, Double core 2.5 Ghz (minimum P4 Single coer 3.0 Ghz), Memory 4GB DDRIII, Free disk space, 2 GB, Graphics card Direct X9 compatible 3D card with 1 GB of memory. Brand: ATI or Nvidia, Resolution minimum 1280 x 720, Sound card DirectSound compatible, Various 1 free USB port, DVD player, Operating System Vista SP2 (64-bit) or Windows 7 (64-bit).