Sturdy yet streamlined, the Tacx Satori Turbo Trainer is a super power trainer infused with a number of subtle yet brilliant innovations introduced by pro-road racer and Tour de France competitor, Jens Voigt.
The design of this trainer is geared toward high power training, sprinting and brute force. The extra wide ergonomic frame stands firmly on the floor allowing you to safely stand up and do sprints without wobbling or shaking. Despite this design, it easily folds into tight spaces and is a great space saver.
In terms of braking action, the Neodymium magnetic system is really in a league of its own. (On the side, a neodymium magnet is a rare earth magnet and is the strongest type of permanent magnet known to mankind). The brake consists of a very powerful Neodymium magnet and an extra large steel flywheel which is 125mm in diameter.
The position of the magnet relative to the flywheel is adjusted with the 10-position remote resistance lever which is attached to the handlebars. This results in a magnetic field, creating the possibility to carry out workouts with high power at a low pedaling frequency. For example, it is possible to reach as much as 400 Watts with a speed of only 27 km/h.
- SoftGel roller with stainless steel running surface: sound-deadening and wear-resistant
- Quick release lever; one-off setting
- Resistance lever with indication scale; 10 different resistances
- Collapsible frame
- Front wheel support; doubles as carrying handle
Riding the Tacx Satori Turbo Trainer is much like riding on the road. The feel of the resistance and the ability to create tension creates a very real experience. Adjusting the resistance using the remote is simple and seamless and allows you to increase your resistance as you warm up.
But as with all turbo trainers, one of the biggest concerns is the noise. Although opinions are varied on this particular model, it is nevertheless designed to be quiet with its sound deadening feet. Of course, as your speed increases and you spin faster, it can make a whirring noise but I would recommend turning up your music or tv at this point.
This isn’t a difficult trainer to assemble but does require some care. A quick release skewer and front wheel riser are in the box so you will have everything you need to get going. The front wheel riser fits neatly in between the axle supports and doubles up as a carry handle which is really handy. One thing to keep in mind is that after using the Tacx Satori turbo trainer for an extensive period of time, the flywheel can reach high temperatures so be careful when touching it.
If you get yourself rear cadence/speed sensors you can gauge everything you need for a complete work out.